Tips for Homeschooling Large Families

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Homeschooling can be tons of fun, but also tons of work. This is especially true when you have a large family. There are only so many hours in a day and you only have two hands. Making sure everyone has done all their work, and checked all the boxes can leave your head spinning. However, it doesn’t have to be impossible. It can actually be fun. Here are some tips for homeschooling large families.

How to Fit in All the Classes for Large Families

One of the challenges of big families is fitting everything in. When you look at homeschooling as traditional school at home, it is impossible to do with multiple children. Every child has several subjects that you have to teach him. However, that is not how homeschooling really works.

Moms are the teachers some of the time, but they are mostly the facilitators of education. So, homeschool moms help keep the day moving and make sure everyone is completing their work. However, they do not have to teach every lesson. Coming up with a system and being creativity can make all the difference.

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Teaching Multiple Ages at Once

One secret for teaching multiple ages is to teach multiple ages at once. Find subjects that everyone can do together such as art, history, science (for younger students), and literature. So, gather your children and dive into one subject all together. Give younger students an easier version of any work included. Then older students can do more advanced work. For example, if learning about a particular point in history, younger students can draw a picture of what they learned. On the other hand, older students can write a paragraph about it. This works really well, makes days shorter and is more manageable for mom.

Here are some other ideas:

  • Online course
  • Interactive textbooks that come with DVDs, CDs, or computer programs
  • Co-ops and community classes at libraries, etc
  • Combine subjects such as history and literature or math and science
  • Unit Studies that combine all subjects into one set of lessons
  • Audiobooks
  • Educational Games

Setting Realistic Expectations in Your Homeschool

Now, one thing you need to realize is that your home will never be the same! Your children are home all day learning, playing, eating–homeschool children are always hungry! Plus, you have so much to manage at home between the family, home, and possibly a part time job or business. Life is busy, but that is good. Do not expect your home to look like a magazine all day long. Set a realistic expectation for home maintenance and get the kids involved to help you with cleaning.

Also, be realistic about learning expectations. Sometimes we think we have to just keep doing more to be successful in homeschooling. We do not! Just because you could homeschool 10 hours per day, six days per week, does not mean you should. Focus on the subjects that are most important, round out your schedule with short lessons in other subjects you want to teach, and be done. Less is more in many cases.

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Thrifty Find and Budgeting for Homeschool Supplies

So, we all know that having multiple children usually means buying multiples of the same items. When you look in a homeschool catalog, you might be horrified at how much it can cost to teach your children at home. However, like I said above, less is more. Finding curriculum that the whole family can use over and over, again is an investment. Buying throw away items over and over is not.

Also, there are thrifty ways to save money on homeschooling. Such as:

  • Bundle sales
  • Discounts
  • Group buys
  • Avoiding consumable products as much as possible
  • Using the library
  • Downloads as opposed to hard-covered textbooks
  • Online resources

 

 

Why All Children Should Learn to Draw

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Learning to draw is something most adults wish they could do. However, so few have been given the opportunity. They are hungry for self expression. In fact, “learn to draw” and “how to draw” are very popular Internet searches. Why do people want to know how to draw? Can only talented people learn to draw? Let’s explore why all children should learn to draw!

How to Learn to Draw

Children are busy learning so much. We teach them math, reading, history, and science. We want to ensure that they are well-rounded. Moreover, education is a top priority for homeschool families. However, have you thought about how important drawing is? We sometimes think, arts education is only for talented students. Or we think we will get to that later, when they are more ready.

In fact, the best time to learn to draw is right now. Children are sponges. There is no time like the present. The best way for your child to learn to draw is to start learning basic skills today. Then, keep practicing skills tomorrow and the day after. Learning to draw requires practice, just like anything else.

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Why Do Kids Stop Drawing?

If you watch little children with art supplies, they just can’t get enough. They dive in and create with reckless abandon. Art is like play and every four year old knows he is a true artist. However, something happens and older children just stop drawing, doodling, and painting. Even children that loved art very much, abandon it. Why?

Well, little children see the world imaginatively. They create what they can and it can be anything. Every drawing has a story. So, they are proud of themselves for getting that story out. However, at some point, they realize that their creative interpretation is not realistic. At this point, one of two things happens. First, the child gets frustrated and gives up. On the other hand, adults often tell the child he isn’t talented, so he gives up.

 

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Give Kids the Gift of Drawing

The way to keep kids drawing, is to teach them how to draw. There are two philosophies that hamper growing accomplished artists. The first is that children need to be mature and past that point of seeing the world realistically in order to learn to draw. The second is that only talented people can learn to draw.

These are both untrue. In fact, the best way to raise competent artists is to teach children how to draw realistically long before they see the world that way. Secondly, everyone is born with the ability to create. Some people are born artists with amazing talent, like Michaelangelo. However, like anything, we can learn how to perfect our abilities. We do not teach reading to only the gifted readers. Or can you imagine only teaching piano to the future composers? That is foolish. Nurturing your child’s ability to draw now, will give him a lifetime of joy. Don’t you wish you had learned to draw as a young child??