Teaching with lots of little ones underfoot is definitely difficult. Large family homeschooling is made up of multiple ages from babies to teens.
If you have several young children and the few oldest are school age, you may feel like you are not doing enough in your homeschool, are not getting it all done. And, I am here to say… I understand!
When you homeschool in the USA, you have tons of flexibility. Check your state’s homeschool laws, then customize your homeschool to fit your season of life!
What does that look like for a very busy family with several small children? Read on.
Large Family Homeschooling Resources
Large Family HomeschoolingLarge Family Logistics: The Art and Science of Managing the Large FamilyThe Unhurried Homeschooler: A Simple, Mercifully Short Book on HomeschoolingTeaching from Rest: A Homeschooler’s Guide to Unshakable PeaceSo Many Littles, So Little Time: A worn out mom’s guide to mothering little onesFlexible Homeschool Planning: A Simple Method for a Simpler Homeschool
“Winging it” in our homeschool when teaching with lots of little ones …
Yes, that is what I do every single day. I just “wing it”.
I do not plan ahead for my schooling. I do not decide on doing x-amount of that book and x-amount of this book each day, week, or month.
I seriously wake up each day and say, “okay, let’s do the next thing!”. I have a rough plan/schedule in my head but do not hold myself to it.
We pull out our language arts program that includes handwriting, phonics, spelling, reading, writing, and grammar and we do the next lesson. Some weeks we just review and other weeks we do two week’s worth.
We take out our math book and we do the next lesson. Some weeks we get all of our weekly math work done, other weeks we need to take more time.
We do plenty of science, history, and social studies through reading, watching educational movies, and LIVING in the real world.
And, this has worked. At least, for elementary grades.