How do you teach multiple ages simultaneously?
Our family visits a couple of specialty physicians on an annual or semi-annual basis for checkups. I usually have all of my children in tow—after all, we are a homeschooling family and wouldn’t want to miss a great learning opportunity! The doctors and their staffs have gotten to know my children by name. They often ask my kids what they’re learning at home and what field trip we might be taking after our appointment, since we’ve driven to a large metro area full of museums and a zoo. Usually, these kind doctors then turn to me and say something along the lines of, “You have such great children. How do you teach them all?”
As you are beginning your homeschooling journey, maybe you find yourself in a similar position: trying to teach several children, all of varied ages. Maybe you’ve been asked the same question—“How can you possibly teach them all?”—by a concerned friend or family member. Or perhaps you are struggling with this issue yourself in your heart of hearts. It’s the old one-room schoolhouse dilemma: one teacher, yet many children of varied ages and abilities, all wanting your time and attention simultaneously. (more…)