How does a mom of many teach all her kids all those subjects while juggling a toddler? With a good schedule! At least, that’s how I manage! There were several things I had to consider when creating our current schedule.
- Making sure someone was playing with the toddler at all times. (He can get into trouble fast!)
- Having older children do review work with younger siblings. (That leaves me more time to focus on teaching new concepts.)
- Finding ways to incorporate several (or all) of the kids into one lesson. (Teaching history once is much more time efficient than teaching it four different times.)
- Spending time with the toddler before school time starts. (It’s so important to love on the little ones before pouring my time and attention into the big kids.)
- Working with my younger kids first before they get tired and distracted. (And oh, boy do they get distracted and tired quickly!)
- Squeezing in meal times, chore times, rest times and free time. (Because school work is only part of our daily life.)
- Taking into consideration all the possible interruptions that come with having six children!
I’ve included a picture of our schedule below. If you click on the image, a pdf will open up for easier viewing. Update: Scroll down for an updated schedule that is working even better for us!
The yellow highlighted areas represent when I am working with one or more children. This helps me to see, at a quick glance, who I’m suppose to be working with at any given time. On most days, all of the school work (except history or science) is finished before lunch. We do history every day (with a short review lesson on Friday) and save science for Fridays. We all try to stick to the schedule as best as possible but normal interruptions (like a dirty diaper, a spilled drink or a tantrum) are a reminder that the schedule doesn’t always have to be followed.
Update: Our first schedule was working great for several months but then my 1st grade son’s work got a little more challenging. He was unable to get all his school work done in the scheduled time so I needed to adjust the schedule to allow more time for him to work on his subjects. The more challenging work also meant that his attention span wasn’t lasting as long so I knew that he would need playtime in between the more challenging subjects. Here is what I came up with. If you click on the image a pdf will open for easier viewing.
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