As we bring our third week of school to a close, the routine is finally starting to fall into place. Even after three years, and with all the planning that takes place, the first few weeks are usually chaos!
This year, I have a 2nd grader, 6th grader, and 11th grader. Yes — elementary, middle, and high school! One frequent question I hear is “How do you manage multiple students?”.
We have a rather unorthodox schedule, but that is part of the beauty of our virtual homeschooling world!
My 17 year old gets up at 6am and starts school by 7am. This way he can get his hours in before he leaves for work in the afternoons. He will use the school computer most of the morning. High school has A LOT more computer required activities than the lower grades.
My 6 year old is generally an early riser, so he gets started on the laptop when he gets up in the mornings and my 11 year old is a night owl. I will usually wake her up at about 9am. The younger children take turns using the laptop until their brother leaves for work.
In the lower grades, there is actually not an abundance of time needed on the computer. The school provides textbooks in the elementary grades so the kids can do their “computer stuff” and finish up with textbooks, workbooks, hands-on activities, etc. The school also provides course guides for the parents in the elementary grades. These guides list every part of the lesson for easy referral. What this means is that if you have one child on the computer, you can look in the course guide for another child and see exactly what their lesson is.
One thing I have noticed is that the curriculum for each grade (K-5) coincides with each other. For example, if your 3rd grader is learning about plants in science, so is your 5th grader 🙂 The 5th graders lessons will just be a little more in depth. This simple fact makes it easy to work with more than one child at a time. The younger child can be introduced to more advanced topics and the older child can review more basic concepts. Many times, in our home, it is like an old-fashioned, one-room schoolhouse with the older students tutoring the younger ones.
This style of learning has brought our family so much closer and I wouldn’t have it any other way!
God Bless 🙂