This post is by KamloopsParents.Com reader, Miranda Brown – Kamloops Mom to 6 children and homeschooling family for 7 years.
I often get asked while I am out with my six children in tow, “How do you do it?” It’s one of those questions that stumps me every time it is asked. Homeschooling 3 children and having 3 little ones at home brings some very full busy days but wonderful, too. A schedule is one of the best ways I have achieved our homeschooling goals and to help feel encouraged by what we are doing. With a schedule, I have a goal to work toward. At the same time, homeschooling with many children… the biggest lesson I had to learn was flexibility. Life happens when you are at home. Spills happen, kids get sick and some days just get hairy.
For us, having some routine for our day brings balance and order. The school-aged children have their routine and the three little ones look to me for what they can do. Times when I let them “just play” are times when the house gets turned upside down and all the blankets are pulled off the beds and couch cushions dumped (which is great every now and then) and when we are done our schooling I look around and have a ton to clean up. That just can not happen everyday. So I have come up with activities I can do with my babies, toddlers, and preschoolers during our school time and still teach the older kids.