I have a little secret.
Some of you tell me you could never, ever, like, never homeschool. You tell me you admire me, tell me I’m crazy, tell me you assume I have the patience of a saint (*snort* *tee-heheheheheh*).
You tell me you’re just not cut out for the homeschool thing.
And then you sit at your kitchen table every night and see your kids through a slew of homework sent home by their teachers.
Here’s the secret.
Sweet thing, you is homeschoolin’. You is.
You’re just doing it at night, whereas we try to finish up during the day. We who sit at the kitchen table doing all manner of school work salute you.
I received a question from a sweet mama I know who has a big family mix of kids, step kids and foster kids. She’s amazing and expecting a new baby soon and is beautifully navigating the big family waters. She’s got her brood in public schools and had these questions for me:
So if you have any tips/suggestions on helping multiple kids with homework at the same time let me know. It’s a bit of an extra challenge because the foster kids are all behind educationally, so it takes much longer than normal. The 14 year old just got moved to all special ed classes. Then Maia (her 6th child) , who has some dyslexia, was helping the 9 year old write a story for her homework! Hahaha! This has definitely presented some challenges I’ve not faced before. So any tips would help, or maybe I’m already doing all that’s humanly possible. Hope you’re having a great school year with your kiddos so far! Love you lots!!
We’ve got a wide range of learners at our house as well, the swift, the distracted, the early readers, the late bloomers. It’s something of a maddening blend, the ones who can zip through in the time I have allotted and those who stop and smell (or can’t even seem to find) the scholastic roses. Here are a few things that have helped me from crying in my coffee and calling it a day…although that does sometimes happen….
1. Gather up.
I generally only do this with my youngest four these days. The older four are all in college or on auto-pilot. But the four youngers (as I call them) still enjoy working together. And I think the momentum of everyone working together is greater than the sum of its parts. When one of the kids finishes before the others, they can read silently or color while the rest of us soldier on. Solidarity, man.