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April 15th, 2008, 07:36 AM
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Does anyone else have multiple children they are teaching? I need advice and tips and tricks on how to handle it. I find the ones I am not working with getting restless and then distracting the ones I am working with!
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April 15th, 2008, 07:38 AM
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Hi,
I schedule their work so that two of them are doing one on one while I am working with the other one. There are still times when I find myself working one on two, but for the most part I try to do some creative scheduling!!!
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April 15th, 2008, 07:40 AM
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Ok I am trying to get that down......Like I said we are in week two so I have a lot to learn....LOL It works sometimes but other times if they get done they cant sit still and want to talk to the others.
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April 15th, 2008, 07:47 AM
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I have three I'm teaching. The toddler does his stuff first (it's pretty much all craft stuff and stories - he thinks he's as old as his siblings and insists on joining us for school. The big kids help with his stuff. Then he just plays the rest of the time. We have our school area in the rec room, so 1/3 is school and 2/3 is their toys. Occasionally he needs to be nursed by me while I work with the big ones or entertained by one of his siblings for a while while I work with the other kid.

For the big kids, Ani does most of her individual work on her own. She has comprehension questions for her readers and various explanations that I have to do with her, but the majority is just on her own. Cameron needs his individual work to be completely done with me. He's starting to be able to do his math with little input from me and he can do explode the code with me just telling him the directions and occasional questions. Everything else he needs me right with him since he is just now learning to read.

They only do math and language arts individually. Everything else (Bible, science, history, electives) they do together. When they are doing individual work, if Ani needs me she lets me know and then goes on to something else until I have a spot where Cameron can wait a minute so I can work with her. Really, having them together for most stuff is what makes it easy to schedule.

It'll be much more interesting when Fritz and Adrian (the in utero baby) are old enough for real school in a few years. I'm not sure how I'll schedule it then. The first few years will be no problem since we use Sonlight and Cores A-C don't take much time. It'll be when the little boys get to Core 1 and the big kids are in Core 6 or so that scheduling will be more complicated. I may end up doing school with two in the morning and two in the afternoon. I don't know for now how we'll do it. Of course by the time the little boys are doing more school time the big ones will have a lot more individual stuff. We'll cross that bridge when we come to it I suppose.
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April 15th, 2008, 08:33 AM
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Thanks that helps see I can have my 9 and 8 year old do stuff together then my 6 year old is alone and my 4 year old alone as well. we do bible and specials with all four so that is helpful. I just find a lot of time with having a few coloring a lot while I work with the others and just feel it is wasted time...LOL I guess the longer I do it the better at it I will be..
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April 15th, 2008, 08:49 AM
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When Fritz and Adrian are 6 and 4 we'll be combining them together for most of their stuff.
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April 15th, 2008, 11:57 AM
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Definitely have them do as much as they can together as a family. (Sonlight is a great curriculum for that.) I have a 7th grader and a 3rd grader. I also have one that doing PreK/Kdg. And then a 2 yr old and 6 month old. We do History, Science, Read Alouds, Art, Music, Foreign Language, and Grammar together. They do Math, Individual Reading, and some Language arts (like Spelling, Handwriting, and Vocab) on their own.

In the morning, they do all of their individual work on their own with input from me when necessary. I play with and take care of the little ones, let them help me around the house, etc.. After lunch, we spend the rest of the time learning together. If I'm lucky, the littlest ones nap after lunch, but that doesn't always happen.
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April 15th, 2008, 01:09 PM
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Right now I stagger whenever possible..but I only have 2 doing actual school work.. Noah is moving into 9th grade and Declan 2nd..there isn't really anything they do together. When I am doing work with Declan, Ziah tags along often so she's getting stuff but I do very little with just her..an I won't until September.. Taejan is just along for the ride right now mostly..LOL
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April 16th, 2008, 08:45 AM
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I teach Science and Social Studies together. And while one is working on Language Arts the other one is doing math, then they switch. Their LA and math are done independently so I just help out with that if they get stuck or have a question.
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April 16th, 2008, 02:13 PM
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I only have two, but this is what I do.

I start Remy on his writing and then I start Eli on his writing.

When Remy is done he and I move on to Reading, phonics, and math. He is done on average in 30 minutes.

Eli completes most of his on his own. I then sit with him on reading.

And both kids do science and history together.

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April 25th, 2008, 04:38 PM
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I'd love to hear more about this....
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