Any homeschooling Moms?

Leah - posted on 01/02/2012 ( 10 moms have responded )

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Hi, I am homeschooling my 9 year old and 7 year old and we also have a 2 year old at home. It's quite interesting, to say the least! When the 9 year old is on task and working, the 2 year old will start pulling her papers and pencils off the desk, which sends her into a fit and she can't concentrate anymore. When the 9 year old gets frustrated and throws a fit, it distrupts my 7 year old! ANYONE out there homeschooling more than one at home, and how do you do it successfully??

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Mary - posted on 01/04/2012

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Hi Leah,
There are a number of ways to handle homeschooling multiply children. I have four total, two that graduated in 2008 and my other two are now 11 and 9. Yes, it seems that if you have one concentrating the other seems to want to pester the other. I sat down and explained that this delays getting homework done for the other and hence delays getting their homework done as well, which in essence cuts into eveyone's play time, even mommys time. Some days it does not matter what you say they seem bent on disrupting now matter what. That is when I put my foot down and either ground them from a play date, or TV or video game time or what ever they find important. Or offer a free pass for chores or a sheet of homework, and you can always put limits on which homework sheets are eligible and which ones are not. So, if they can go a whole week with no disrupting at all they get the free pass. Or you can set whatever limits you want. The free homework pass worked great for my two youngest but my older two seemed to prefer the free pass for chores. Each child is different, so you can find out which they prefer by having a class vote, just because you only have two in your class doesn't mean they can't vote. Plus maybe the two year old feels left out, they are never to young to start, you can do simple coloring sheets, read a story together during they time the others are doing homework sheets, work with shapes or building blocks, but make sure you term it as their homework. Pick a spot, if you do homework at the kitchen table, make sure you make a spot for the littlest one to do their homework too. Just remember the younger they are the less time they will actually spend doing homework as they attention spans are shorter. It is a tough balance, but a lot of times, it is just a matter of trying different methods that will work for all of you. I know it is tough some days, but hang in there you will be so glad you did in the long run. I truely believe home schooled children have much better moral values than public school children. Good luck.

Medic - posted on 01/02/2012

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We homeschool our 5 year old and we have an almost 2 year old. What we do because our little one is very much her older brothers shadow is she has a "work" center and we give her "work" to do also. My 5 year old is very self sufficiant for the most part so I spend 10-15 min talking about whatever we need to talk about then while he is doing his work I go and talk about something with our daughter. When we have long lessons that are more involved we just involve her and I get him to show his understanding by helping teach his sister. We also do this while neither of us are 100% stay at home parents.

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Leah - posted on 01/10/2012

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Thanks everyone for your ideas and support. We have a school room and a playroom/bedroom. So, for now, when the little one is getting disruptive, the girls take turns playign with him in the other room and studying. Seems to be working for now. Or, I let him watch an Elmo video while we try to get work done.

Darlene - posted on 01/09/2012

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I home school my 7 year old and my 9 year old nephew. One 2nd & one 3rd grade. It is a job but one I enjoy. We turned a room in our basement into a class room, looks alot like my daughters old school just with much fewer desks. Our play room is just out side our class room door...it works out great. We enjoy our school time, I try to make it as fun as I can...they still have their studies but we have a good time too. We have a great program, we have video's they watch for the different subjects and their ppwk assignments are all laid out, all I have to do is pull the pages out, be there if they need help and make it as interesting as I can. They can be finished with their lessons in as little as 3 to 4 hours. I have added in a few things here and there to make it more interesting. I recomend home schooling to anyone. The children still have their friends to play with and they are not subjected to the problems they would normally face in the public school system. That is one of the reasons I decided to home school. I am not in any home schooling group but I would like to be. I only know of 3 others who home school, 2 in my state and one elsewhere, and they love it. Good luck to you.

Britni - posted on 01/05/2012

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I homeschool my 9 and almost 8 year old boys and have a little boy that will be 2 end of feb. It is difficult at times to say the least. The 2 year old likes to draw on the boys work or step on it etc. We created a classroom in the attic (word wall and posters and desks) the other half of the attic I transformed into a playroom this summer because of my little one being so active. I also try to get the bulk of their work done during nap time. Hope that helps

Sally - posted on 01/04/2012

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We have a 7 and 2 year old. We don't do "school at home" so the different learning styles really don't affect each other. Perhaps the paperwork you feel is really needed could be done during nap time?

Amylouise 'Lou' - posted on 01/03/2012

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I'm homeschooling my 6 year old around little brother. We do academics during afternoon nap and in the evening after he's gone to sleep. And we all do PE, story time, activities and coloring, singing and field trips together. My 6 yr old and I are both night owls so it works doing the academics in the evenings after everyone else has one to bed.

Leah - posted on 01/03/2012

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We are actually living overseas in Africa, but I am thinking of starting a homeschooling group for expatriate moms here. Maybe I should just call those homeschooling moms I know and see if they'd like to meet at my house to chat while the kids play.

Sarah - posted on 01/02/2012

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Are you a member of a homeschooling group? We are going to homeschool (my daughter is only 18 months) and we have started shopping for one. Not only would it give you other moms, who have been there with multiple "students", to strategize with but they are an opportunity for friends (for both you & the kids ;) ), and you can get great group discounts for field trips like the zoo or local museums.
Stay strong mama!

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