Homeschool Series: Going from 1 to 3

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Our next school year, which begins in June, is going to be completely different from anything I’ve ever done before. I’m terrified! Quite frankly, I’m not sure I’m ready. I know that sounds silly, but its true.

Right now, we school mostly in the afternoons when the Middles are down for their naps. But, come June…I’m going to have 3 kiddos to school – three very different personalities. So, yeah…I’m nervous.

But, I have a plan!! It’s going to take some getting used to for everyone, some restructuring and some flexibility. It will take a few weeks of persistence and consistency to get us in the “groove”, but I really think we’ll get there.

So, how do I plan to move from schooling only 1 child to 3? Well, here’s the Master Plan…mwaa ha ha ha! Sorry, couldn’t resist. That was my best attempt at an evil laugh. Ya know, cause of my master plan. I know…pathetic, right?

I digress…I really do have a plan. My Middles probably have another plan, but nevertheless I have a plan going in to the new school year.

Right now our typical day looks something like this:

7:00am– Rise and Shine, Breakfast, get dressed, etc.

8:00a – Mom and Mister Bull start daily chores

9:00a – Kids play outside before the heat sets in

10:00a – Snack time, video

11:00a – Free time, start lunch in this hour

Noon– Lunch

1:00pm– The Littles go down for naps

1:30pm– School Time with Mister Bull

2:30ish – Game time with Mister Bull

4:00pm– Middles wake up, chaos ensues

4:30pm– Daddy wakes up, dinner started

5:00pm– Miss Smiley wakes up to eat

5:30pm– Family Dinner

In June, I plan to adjust our schedule as follows:

7:00am– Rise and Shine, Breakfast, get dressed, etc. (believe me, if I could adjust this – I would!! I am so not a morning person these days.)

8:00a – Mom and Mister Bull start daily chores

9:00am – Kids play outside before the heat sets in

9:30am– School Time for Middles (it gets hot fairly early here in the summer, so 30 minutes outside is a good time frame) and reading time for Mister Bull

10:00am– Snack Time, learning/teaching video

10:30am– Flash Cards with Mister Mouse (he loves these!)

11:00am – Free Time, start lunch during this hour

Noon– Lunch

1:00pm– The Littles go down for naps

And, the rest of the day will follow the same schedule as we do now.

So, that’s the simple, yet highly intimidating plan! I am such a time-planner and I have bouts of anxiety when things go off kilter and away from my plan. I have a sneaking suspicion than my “perfect plan” is going to quickly stretch me in ways I am so not comfortable with!! But, I have long since prayed for God to help me be more flexible and “fun” for my kids. I’m pretty sure that’s why I have these sweet, precious, super-hyper, fun-loving Middles!!!

And ya know…I honestly wouldn’t trade a minute of it for anything!!

How do you school multi-ages in your house? What are your tips and suggestions?

I love reading your comments and ideas!! Feel free to leave a link below to your own post about homeschooling multiple ages.

Blessings,

Annette

Linking up here today:

What Joy is Mine

The Modest Mom Blog

Far Above Rubies

Teaching What Is Good

Raising Mighty Arrows

Holy Spirit Led Homeschooling

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Annette has been married to her husband and best friend since 2003. Together they are raising their six children to follow the Lord’s will, no matter what. Annette longs for the day when she will meet all her angel babies who have entered heaven before her. She enjoys creating fun and engaging printables, unit studies and curriculum for homeschool families. You can follow her crazy life at In All You Do where she blogs about marriage, parenting, and homeschooling all while maintaining her sanity. She is also the owner of Thrifty Homeschoolers, where she shares free printables and resources from around the web as well as deals on curriculum and homeschooling resources. You can also keep up with her via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.
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  1. It looks like a very workable schedule! One thing I LOVE about homeschooling is that our schedule is up to the needs of our family! Schooling in afternoons, in evenings, from bed, at desks, in summer, whatever is going to work best for your family is GREAT!

    I know it FEELS intimidating, but you’ll be GREAT!! And I’m praying that you all have FUN, FUN, FUN this summer!!

    1. Thanks so much, Kate! One thing I’ve learned in my two short years of homeschooling is that when it doesn’t work – CHANGE IT!! It is so nice to know that we can work it around our schedule.

      Thanks for stopping by!
      Blessings,
      Annette

  2. Annette…I love that you are going in with a plan. That will help so much even on days that might cause you to adjust your plan. You can just pick where you left off or start anew the next day. Aahhh…the blessings of homeschool. My best advice is be flexible…always! Also, when I was teaching three different ages, I made sure we covered some subjects together like science, Bible, art and history. Reading, writing and math were done individually at their level of understanding. You’re going to do well. :o) Thank you for sharing your homeschool journey at WJIM.

    1. Thanks for the advice and tips, Naomi!!! I plan to cover our daily Bible story together for sure. I’m not sure about the other subjects while the Middles are in preschool. But, definitely when they hit Kindergarten/1st grade I’ll be covering Science, History and Bible together as that’s how our curriculum is designed!! Thank you for your encouragement and confidence in me! At least someone has some! haha I am excited for this new phase and praying I can maintain the “flexible” attitude! That’s going to be KEY in our homeschool success!!
      Thanks for hosting the link-up! I love it!!
      Blessings,
      Annette

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