In this blog post Shannon. HOPE Academy mom to rising 6th grader, 4th grader, 1st grader, and preschooler, and business owner of Simply Organized and Staged, shares her tips on teaching multiple children at home whether you are virtual schooling or at a University-Model® School like at Hope Academy.
It can definitely be challenging at times to teach multiple children at one time, who all need your attention at one level or another.
Here are a few tips to help you manage:
1. Have your older children to help teach the younger ones. It’s a great review for the older kids and it gives them a sense of pride.
2. Divide up the day’s lessons so that the younger children are working on independent lessons (handwriting, drawing an illustration for writing, silent reading), while you work with your older children on subjects they need assistance with.
3. If you have a preschooler at home, it can be difficult to keep him/her entertained and out of trouble while you teach. I try to have a few educational things for my son to do independently. Puzzles, coloring books, blocks, or magnetic letters can usually keep his attention for an extended period of time. Once this has lost his attention, a small snack, some TV time, or a little bit of technology time can buy me a little more time to focus on my girls.
4. Ask for help! Don’t be afraid to ask for help. Ask your spouse, neighbor, or family member. Maybe they could teach a subject that isn’t your strength or watch a younger child.
I hope these tips will help you as we begin this new school year. Home learning days can seem overwhelming at times, but by organizing your school space, schedule, and thoughts, it can be less stressful and more enjoyable.
|Shannon Kempter is a mom to 3 students at HOPE Academy and a preschooler. She also owns Simply Organized and Staged helping families organize their spaces and lives. Check her out at www.soscharlotte.com or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org|
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