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Teaching Multiple Ages in the Same House: Tips and Tricks to Make it Through the School Day

By: Krystle Crossman

When you home-school your children you may come across an age gap depending on how far apart they are. How do you home-school the different ages at the same time while still giving both the right education for their age range? The younger ones are going to be a lot more unfocused than the older ones so it may be harder to keep both (or all depending on how many you have) of your students working at the same time. Here are some tips on how to get everyone in on the learning without slowing the older kids down or moving too quickly.

1. When you have little ones remember that sometimes it is okay to let them watch some television. Sesame Street and other shows like that are education and will keep them occupied while you try to teach the older children with as few distractions as possible. Your younger children are still learning about shapes, colors, and numbers.

2. Make sure that you are flexible with your lesson plans. Don’t get stuck on one thing and expect that everyone is going to be on the same page. Pick the subjects that work for you and schedule lessons for all age ranges (the younger kids can do an arts and crafts project while the older ones write a paper on sea turtles for instance).

3. Snack time is very important. It helps the kids to get a little break and expend some energy while they refuel their bodies. Snack time is also great for you as it is 15 minutes or so to wind down and clear your head.

4. Make sure that everyone feels included with a group activity. You can play games or have a special task that everyone needs to work on together. At the end of the day you can have them all pick up the mess no matter who made it.

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