Large Family Homeschooling: How to Make It Work

One of the first questions I usually hear from people when they discover that I’m a #homeschooling mom of eleven is: How do you #homeschool so many kids? For starters, since I have four adult children, I’m not homeschooling eleven, although I was homeschooling ten at one point. Right now, I have seven school age children, which I realize is still a lot to some people. 😉 There are a few things I’ve learned over the past twelve years that have really helped me to realize that not only can large family homeschooling work, but it can be the best thing you ever did for your kids.

Homeschool Tour | How We Organize in a Very Small House

Ever since I posted the video last week about why we stopped using a #homeschool room, I’ve been wanting to show you how we organize our homeschool in a 730 sq. ft. house. When you’re low on space and resources, the key is functionality and practicality.

Large Family Homeschool Tip: Let Your Child Teach

Although I #homeschool a bunch of kids, I know that I don’t often share things specifically geared towards #largefamily #homeschooling. That’s because since our routine has stayed largely the same for several years, I felt like I already shared all the tips I’ve used.

Until now.

As I was going through my book of video topics, I came across a note I made several years ago when my now-18-year-old daughter was teaching her siblings once a week. If you’re looking for a way to breathe life into your day, this might be just what you’re looking for.

Our Notebooking Plans for This Year | 7 Kids

Notebooking has played a role in our homeschool for several years now, but how we use it is ever changing. Today I shared what it will look like for us this year compared to how we had previously been doing it. I love the flexibility of homeschooling.

2020/2021 Relaxed Homeschool Routine and Curriculum for 7 Kids!

Since our first day #backtohomeschool is now three days away, today I posted our planned routine and curriculum for the 7 school age kids I have left. It feels like only yesterday I was still homeschooling 10. Time really does fly.

Our Beginning-of-the-Year Homeschool Plan for Elementary and Middle School

I can’t believe it. Our new homeschool year begins next week already. Wow, this past six weeks went quickly!

As I was gathering books at the library for our first unit study the other day, I realized that some of you might like to see how I’m planning for our homeschool days to unfold, especially in regard to our unit study. I’m fairly certain that, even though I address unit studies quite often, they can be a bit of a mystery to those who are unfamiliar with them.

As you might be aware, for years I’ve been breaking my children into groups for their learning, simply because I have so many of them. 😉 (This year I’m homeschooling 8 again.)

However, now that my second youngest is ready to move up to the middles group, I’ve got a bit of a dilemma – that leaves my youngest alone in the littles group. She’s not too happy about that.

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Our Homeschool Morning Time Routine

Although this is our 9th year homeschooling, by no means do I know everything there is to know about it.

Take morning time, for example.

Up until very recently, while I had heard the term “morning time” over and over again, I never really made much of an effort to find out what it was because I was happy with where we were at in our homeschool and didn’t see the need to try anything new.

Eventually, curiosity got the best of me, and I decided to find out what the fuss was all about. Interestingly enough, I discovered that morning time actually would fit perfectly into our homeschool routine because we were pretty much already doing it!  Continue reading “Our Homeschool Morning Time Routine”

A Homeschool Day in the Life with a 3, 5, 7, 8, 9, 11, 12, 15, 16, and 17 Year Old

It’s been awhile since I shared what a homeschool day in our lives looks like. To be honest, writing this type of post exhausts me. I don’t think I ever actually realize how hectic things are around here until I write everything down and reflect on it. All I can say is, yikes.

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