Homeschooling a Large Family Part 1

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Welcome to Day 1 of a 5 Day Hopscotch focused on Large Family Living

If you are homeschooling one or two children you have taken on a monumental task. However, if you are homeschooling 3, 4, 5 or 10+ children you are now climbing Mt. Everest. You will be exhausted, overwhelmed and may question the wisdom of your decision to homeschool. Here are some things that you can do to make the journey easier.

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Obtain Guidance Homeschooling a Large Family

Homeschool Mama’s  need a community of like minded individuals to make the climb with us, celebrate our victories and help us through the rough patches. Look for other Mamas that have finished the climb,  those that are midway and those that are ahead just a little bit ahead of you. They can be in your community, in a yahoo group,  as well as on this blog. The most important thing is that you seek to learn from others who have already “been there, done that”. Let them help you learn how to navigate through your homeschool years.  Am I saying it’s impossible to do it on your own? Nope, it’s just much harder.

“Let the wise hear and increase in learning, and the one who understands obtain guidance,” Proverbs 1:5

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 Large Families Really NEED a Plan

When you have a bunch of children you need to have a plan. A plan enables you to meet deadlines and helps you to make sure the needs of your children are meet on a daily, weekly and annual  basis.

  • You need a short term plan to help us meet the goals we set each year, for each child.  It doesn’t have to be elaborate but it should be written down. Our family accomplishes this by using a planner you could make a homemade planner or a purchase a premade planner. We use A  Plan in Place Planner and we are Each of our Elementary aged children have their
  • Additionally, each child should be able to work independently to reach their goals. We must teach them to plan their lessons. The Book The Self-Propelled Advantage: The Parent’s Guide to Raising Independent, Motivated Kids Who Learn with Excellence is definitely one you should consider purchasing. If you do purchase this book please click on my link so I might receive a small affiliate fee from Amazon (you won’t pay any additional amount) I use it to help pay for our homeschool.
  • You should also have a long term plan. It should be loosely held written plan that has important dates we do not want to miss. Things such as when to schedule your child to take the PSAT, if your child is going to take it. Your plans to fulfill your states High School Graduation Requirements. This is NOT a huge monster spread sheet that stresses you out but instead it is just a general picture of your schools future, that guides and informs you.
  • Finally, you need to plan to purchase the resources you will need for your “students” as they need them.  So a list of resources, text books, novels, school supplies and manipulatives for each grade to help ensure their success.

Now I could go on and on about planning but instead I will provide some links below to help you plan your school year.

 

The plans of the diligent lead surely to abundance, but everyone who is hasty comes only to poverty. Proverbs 21:5

 The second thing that will help you keep it simple is to focus on the fundamentals : Reading Writing & Arithmetic. When ever you get to a point that you are just totally overloaded you need to simply focus on the fundamentals. If you are doing great then add in History and Science . Here is the post How to Thrive while Teaching a Large family from my friend Sara at Classically Homeschooling because we should thrive in our chosen vocation.

Don’t forget to give your self a break and remember that you are only 1 woman !

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Kyle is a full time frugal wife of Wayne and Mama to 5 adorable children: Peyton (15), Parker (10),Pearson (8), Parson (3) & Providence (3). My hope is to present families with an attainable simplified model of classical education with a Charlotte Mason twist.She likes listening to audio books, watching the kids play sports or piano & doing anything with my husband! She likes to do all of that while having a cup of coffee! You can find her blogging on a regular basis here at Aspired Living, The Curriculum Choice & Womanhood with Purpose.

12 thoughts on “Homeschooling a Large Family Part 1

  1. Some good advice here. I have homeschooled 7 and a plan is critical, but I would say no matter how many you homeschool (I am down to only 2 at home), you still need a plan or it is too easy to put off the things that must be done.
    “Focus on the fundamentals” is what we did, too. Once the fundamentals are in place, there are subjects students can do independently!

  2. Kyle, your comment that we need a community is right on. Having supportive friends you can call when the homeschool day is going down the tubes, when your child scores sky high on a test, or when you despair of ever teaching your children basic manners can be the difference between succeeding at homeschooling and needing to call it quits! 🙂

  3. Great ideas here! I also agree that on the tough days, focus on the 3 R’s and don’t punish yourself. If your home is filled with books and a BROKEN television, your children will keep on learning while you regroup, refresh, etc. Thanks for sharing on the Art of Home-Making Mondays 🙂

  4. Yes, I imagine a plan is crucial to large families!

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