“I do history, Bible, and some science as a group with most of my kids (high schoolers often do theirs on their own), using one or more of the following: WinterPromise, Sonlight, Mystery of History, Apologia, etc. Workbooks are done independently, with help from me or siblings. I use Teaching Textbooks for math (third grade and up).”
­—Lora Michaels

“There are a few things I have found useful in our home. First, as the children get older, have an older child teach a younger sibling a subject. This helps them learn the subject more in-depth and also builds a sense of camaraderie. Second, as my teens grow, I have them learn a subject and teach me. This helps take them to the next level of learning. Another option is having classes at co-ops or online. My oldest took two classes online last year, and that helped a LOT especially with more difficult subjects that I do not feel comfortable with.”
—Rebecca Brandt

“When we had seven at home at once, I quickly learned to schedule blocks of time for each. While I worked with them one-on-one, or two-on-one (we had some in the same grade level), the others would do their independent work. Then I would rotate. I made sure to have a box set up for them to know right where their independent work was so we wouldn’t have to go looking for any of it. For the toddlers and early learners, I had special things in that box that only came out during the block of time I needed them occupied without me. Otherwise they just shadowed me as I worked with the older kids. Allow yourself and your kids time to learn this system—the extra patience with them while they learn it will pay off in the long run!”
—Gail Heaton

“We use the audio versions of our science and history books and Teaching Textbooks for math. A few subjects where they can work completely independently allows everyone to keep moving through their day while I rotate through children to help.”
­—Melissa Romero

“Teach with unit studies—they’re so easily adaptable. Whether prepackaged or self-created, unit studies offer the opportunity for students of different ages to work on projects of varying difficulty, but all are studying the same topic at the same time.”
—Karen Doll

“I make each day of the week all about a certain subject—Math Monday, English Tuesday, History Wednesday, etc. Then everyone grabs their books and homework and works together at the table, helping each other out, while I grade homework and go over tricky concepts one-on-one. This helps the younger ones learn from the older ones and the older ones learn how to be patient with the younger ones, and everyone saves a lot of time.”
—Lea Ann Garfias

“We do subjects such as Bible, geography, and science together. Some favorite science resources to read together are Christian Liberty Press Nature Readers and Master Books Wonders of Creation series. We also read lots of novels together, and I’ll sometimes have my children narrate back to me what we’ve read. When I need one-on-one time with a child, I may have an older one work with a younger one, or just let them take a break to play together.”
—Cathy Blake

This article was published in the September/October 2016 issue of Home School Enrichment Magazine.