By: Krystle Crossman
All children are different. They have different learning styles, different learning speeds, and different attention spans. With a big family there are many different traits that you will see in your children. This can be especially tough to deal with when you are home-schooling. Here are some tips from home-school mom Jill Hardy on how to home-school a large family of four children or more:
1. Do not feel guilty if you need outside help with housework. Home-schooling is going to take so much time and energy it is either that or your house will be trashed.
2. When you think it is getting to be more than you can handle, think about the benefits and why you chose to home-school your family in the first place.
3. If you have a toddler in the home try to spend as much time with them before you start teaching their siblings as you can. Think about fun and safe activities that they can do while you are teaching.
4. Make sure that you set aside family time that has nothing to do with school but more the company of the rest of the family. This will help to keep the family bond together. Don’t forget to have a date night with your spouse either.
5. Before you get into home-schooling take a look at the discipline in your home. Make sure that your children are going to be able to take the direction that you are giving them and treat you with the respect that you deserve. Make sure you have the discipline to teach every day and give your children respect right back.
6. Even though books and curriculum materials may seem like the most important thing for home-schooling they are actually one of the things that you should worry about the least. Home-schooling doesn’t have to be followed exactly like a public school. Be creative and make sure they are learning what they need to despite the method that they are taught with.
7. If you can’t afford a housekeeper, throw some home economics skills into a lesson and teach them how to be responsible around the house by doing some basic chores.
8. Get informed about the different learning styles. One child may be a tactile learner and need hands-on activities while another is a visual learner and likes to see graphs and charts.
9. If you are having issues with timing try a routine instead of a schedule. A routine is something that you get in the habit of doing every day but is not timed to the minute like a schedule is.
10. Finally make sure that you plan ahead for meals. Pre-make whatever you can and freeze it or have everything ready to cook so that when school is out you can throw it all into the oven and have it ready for dinner.