10 Tips on Teaching Multiple Ages

Home schooling is a daunting endeavour. Teaching one child is a juggling act having to balance school, family life and outside activities; while teaching more than one child is an outright circus show! Constantly keeping up while trying to keep the peace between the monkeys and elephants! (sometimes I feel I have monkeys instead of children) But it doesn’t have to be that way. Alhamdullilah as a mother of 6 with 4 officially being school aged I confidently can say it is possible to homeschool multiple ages and maintain your sanity. Over the years as more children have been blessed in our home, I have tried many things to help ease my day and put peace in our school. I humbly offer you ten advices to help you on your homeschool journey.

1-Know Yourself and your Children

Assess how you and your children work together. How do you best teach? How do your children learn? Once you have this all figured out, you need to learn how those are all going to work together. When you are homeschooling multiple ages, you have a lot of forces at work. You have your children’s emotional needs, learning needs, academic levels, and personalities to deal with. You may be a night owl and they are up at the crack of dawn. You may be a visual learner while they are tactile. Taking these differences into account before setting your routine will make teaching and learning easier for everyone.

2- Start with the youngest

Homeschooling multiple ages doesn’t always mean that every child is school-age. A big challenge when you homeschool and have younger children is figuring out how to keep your toddlers busy during the homeschool day. I like to focus on the young children first – giving them some full attention. This way they don’t feel neglected. I try to have fun and educational things on hand that they can play with independently. But before they do this, I try to ‘work’ individually with them. Either play a short game, do some colouring or read a book together.