Wednesday, September 5, 2018

How to Homeschool Multiple Ages Without Losing Your Entire Mind

Can't see their signs very well, but they are: junior, freshman, seventh, fifth, second.

I have to admit last school year did not start so hot and just got worse. This is why, but it was an education in finances and managing stress and a lot of other life skills. Then after that, we had a Florida vacation, then moving and unpacking, then Christmas.

So the grades I'm teaching at home are: 11th, 9th, 7th, 5th and 2nd.

I'm really excited about this year because I did more planning for it than I probably ever have for any other year. I'm also communicating more with the kids so they know what's going on. Our first day was the day after Labor Day, as always, and it went well. Public school kids were out, so we had 3 playdates, plus my oldest had to go to work early afternoon. Plus Sam had soccer practice at night.

So it's not like we sit around every day on beanbags lazily reading books and sipping hot chocolate while also getting excited about math problems. And then moving to the bar in the basement to do some cool science experiments. Then acting out history. Nope. That would be a great homeschool day, though. Maybe in January when we are snowed in.

I'm trying to be more realistic this year so I can keep going without burning out and so I can be a more rockin' and fun teacher, so I'm doing some things I talk about over here at my homeschool blog.

No day is typical, and each one is very different from the one before it. We eased into everything yesterday, today is our first day back to co-op, and it's going to be a long day to include some Theology of the Body for Teens for the oldest three at church tomorrow night plus Faith Formation class for the youngest two.

Kinda looks like a police lineup, yes?

It's going to be a great year full of inspiring, entertaining and educational experiences!

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