Homeschooling many children

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boysnberry
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Homeschooling many children

Postby boysnberry » Tue Feb 20, 2007 4:33 pm

I didn't know where this fit into any of the other chats so I'll ask here. We've been homeschooling for a while now. We have seven children ages 1 to 8. We love it and we see progress BUT...I'm really struggling with teaching them at one time. I have so many small ones that I'm not able to give the K, first and second grader the time they need. It seems like we are constantly rushing through things just to get them done before we're interupted by little ones. I feel I've tried EVERY way to give the time they each need but I'm not getting anywhere. The children are starting to hate it because it's just rush rush rush and I don't feel like they are learning what they need to. Do I need to relax? Do I need to have school all day? ANY suggestion would be nice.
...And she shall be a joyful mother of children...Ps. 113:9
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Postby momo3boys » Wed Feb 21, 2007 9:27 am

I only have three, but i found myself getting very frustrated when they weren't working independantly. I let that go a little, they are only 7 and 9, and when i am working with one child the other one gets a break, they play or do something that i know they can do easily by themselves, then play when they are done. THen we trade. they each get one on one time and frequent breaks, which i have found boys REALLY need. this helps me because my expectations aren't as high, and i'm not setting them up for failure. I hope this helps.
Phi 4:13 I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.