My oldest is only in Kindergarten, but I’ve homeschooled my best friend’s two children (ages 11 and 9) for the past two years (with a toddler and infant at home as well). It’s certainly presented some unique challenges, but has deeply cemented my desire for a large family. When my “bonus kids” go home, we miss them so much. I just love the dynamics of relationship between the olders and youngers!
The one real struggle for me, with teaching multiple grades is the need to simply my curricula. I am a total curriculum junkie, and I love buying all the new, pretty books. Ha! With multiple ages and grades (especially as more of my own children enter school age), I’ll be forced to trim back to what’s really necessary. It’ll probably be the best thing for them, but it’s a little sad for me. Ha.
I understand your addiction to curriculum! I am such a “creative” that I can think of a kazillion ways to add to our homeschooling, but I still haven’t found a way to extend the time and energy we would need to get to it all! As always, simple is best 🙂
I just want to say that when I thought I couldn’t tread water one more minute, I found your book Homeschool Sanity. It gave me exactly what I needed, sanity. lol I so wanted perfection, yet with multiple births, moves, and surgery I felt lost. The simplification of our school gave me a much needed rest and I was able to focus on my children and not what I was teaching. I am at a point now where I can do a little more in our school, yet those strenuous days make me appreciate the things I can add now. Thank you for blessing others with your knowledge.