Prioritizing in a Large Homeschool

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Once a month I get the privilege of publishing an article at Simple Homeschool. Since homeschooling takes up a huge percentage of my life, it’s been so good to get me thinking about the whys and wherefores of teaching my children at home. Today I address methods of prioritizing in a large family homeschool.

From today’s post:

It probably goes without saying that teaching six children can be a challenge. How do I prioritize? Where do I focus my time? How do I make sure they all learn to read, write, and tie their shoes?

It’s not impossible to teach a large family. Yet it takes thoughtfulness and flexibility. It’ll keep you on your toes and keep you humble.

I’d love for you to come on over and join the conversation about where to focus during a big and busy homeschooling day.

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  1. Heading over right now to read the post.
    I appreciate this topic on a personal level. I have homeschooled for 15 years. We began when my oldest was 8, and he is now 23. I still have a 4 year old who has yet to begin formally, and I have another one graduated…and 7 students this year!!
    Homeschooling a large family is near and dear to my heart!! It can definitely be done, but Mom must be flexible…things are never the same as the children grow and change!!

  2. This is a great topic. : )

    We have homeschooled going on 22 years, and the one thing I would stress is to keep things relaxed but with integrity too. Many moms try to copy a classroom for their children and wear the poor children out. I found that they will learn it all in the end…Don’t worry. The beauty of homeschooling is we can custom fit things for each child.

    If our baby was sick or mommy was sick, perhaps a child is taking benadryl, we closed the books that day. If one of the children cry because they don’t get something, mommy may even start to cry? Close the books. It is amazing how much better things will be the next day! : )

    One thing that helped me greatly is to notice what kind of learner each child is, tactile? Auditory? Visual? Sometimes my auditory learner would be writing and I would say something to her, I wouldn’t think she heard me but she could repeat everything I said back to me. I would be amazed!

    I started with Bob Jones curriculum and it was so good for me to start with because the teacher’s manuals literally told me not to worry if a child didn’t get a concept that day.

    The subjects that require more thought and energy we would do first.

    Don’t be afraid to take a break to observe the neat bug crawling across the table or to visit nursing homes or other ministry opportunites for the Lord.

    Relax and love…Live, laugh, love and pray hard and forget all cobwebs! Don’t be afraid to leave the room and go pray if things are getting difficult. : )

    Blessings to all, signed a mom of four stay at home daughters, ages 17 to 28. And thank you Jessica for always offering an opportunity to share. You are such a neat blog hostess.

  3. I always wondered what moms tell the oldest children as they start asking why they dont/didnt go to a regular school. I suppose there are many reasons, but often wondered how teens handle it.

    1. My kids have always been good with it. They have cousins and relatives who teach or go to public school, so they know all about it. And I’ve asked my bigger boys if they would be interested in doing things differently. They like what we do. 😉

  4. I headed over and read your article and then got lost over there in other posts for far too long!!! What a great site..will be going back for more regularly. You are such a gifted writer. You paint a clear,beautiful picture with words as if I can see what us going on as I read! Looking forward to the cookbook!
    I am going back and forth about what next year holds for our family and school. My oldest will be Kindergarten age. There are some weeks I feel it deep down that I absolutely can homeschool and then there are those other weeks that make me feel like there is no way! Reading posts like this helps. Great work!

    1. @Kelley, Aww, thanks. You are very kind. Thanks for your encouraging words.

      It can be a little intimidating when you start, but I wouldn’t trade this experience for anything in the world. I’ve enjoyed my children so much and I don’t think I would know them as well as I do if they were gone all day.

  5. Hi there, I know this is an older post, but I was wondering what you use for teaching the basics in k and grade one? You mention the well trained mind, but do you also use a formal curriculum or does that lay it out for you? I am expecting #3 and am about to start grade one with my oldest and am interested in finding materials that won’t overwhelm when my younger set are also schooling. Thanks for any info you can share!

    1. The Well-Trained Mind lays out a lot of the basics. I am sure the newer editions do even moreso since they have since come out with reading and grammar helps for parents teaching the basics. I think it is a great program.