Are You Homeschooling More Than One Child? Most families are homeschooling more than one child.
Homeschool scheduling is easier if you are only having to plan for one child. However, the reality of homeschooling is that many of us have to juggle quite a few children. With each year you get better at this but in my experience, it’s never perfectly streamlined.
One of the best ways to get a good routine going, that won’t run you ragged, is to combine lessons whenever possible.
Many subjects are suitable for homeschooling more than one child. Read alouds, nature study, history, art, narration and personal health and development can all be done as a group.
Lessons in maths and English may need separate instruction.
We have divided our Weekly Planner into group work and work alone.
If you are teaching a few children we recommend you only use the group study/family time for one grade.
For example, if you have a Year 4 and Year 6 child doing My Homeschool, then we suggest you only follow the Year 6 scheduled group work, or the Year 4 group work. Don’t do both. Alternatively you can set some of the Year 6 work as independent work and continue with the Year 4 group work.
Will Combining Homeschool Grades Still Match the Australian Curriculum?
Yes! The Australian Curriculum is set out in broad stages. Within these stages there is flexibility to teach content at different times. For those in NSW, you can register as a ‘primary school’ student rather than set a grade.
However, without knowing the exact details of your registration application, I’ll make these general comments.
- The assessor of your application will be expecting to see documentation for each child, so do be sure to have prepared a plan for each grades. You will not be able to use our planning templates and scope and sequence for all your grades only the grades that you purchase.
For example, the My Homeschool Scope and Sequence for Year 2, is written for Year 2, so do consider how you want to approach it for your children outside these grades. Remember, the planning is there to help you, it not just for the AP’s visit, so think of how you will set things up to work for your family, particularly if you are combining subjects across multiple grades.
Using One Grade When Homeschooling More Than One Child
If you want to make one grade do double duty (or triple), then you will need to do a little tweaking to make it work when your children are close in age and you may find you need to make little adjustments here and there to make a lesson more or less challenging but generally we expect it to still be a pretty good fit.
However this doesn’t usually work when you are homeschooling more than one child with a large age gap. For children two years apart in age we only recommend combining group work.
Here Are The Steps We Recommend When Homeschooling More Than One Child.
We still encourage you to buy the relevant grade that your child needs. However we encourage you to to only follow one grade’s group activity.
For example, choose a base grade for your classic read aloud, history readings and timeline and if your children are close enough in age you can also combine the science reading. From Kindergarten to Grade 3 you can just use the base grade’s science recommendation for all the years. From Grade 4 to 6 you can also use the same science resource.
Saving Money And Time When Homeschooling More Than One Child
When you are homeschooling more than one child the reason you often combine grades is to make it easier for you as the home educator and to save money on resources.
Combining grades can seem like you’ll save time as you only have one base curriculum but you also need to learn how to supplement and tweak the curriculum to make sure all your children’s needs are still being met. You will also have to prepare homeschool registration plans for the additional grades you are teaching. This will include finding out what is expected by your state expects for the relevant grade.
We now have lite course for all our primary grades. These provide 6 months’ of work and they come with a scope and sequence and a 6 month registration plan.