My friend passed away 2 weeks ago due to complications after giving birth to her 6th child. She was a single parent and homeschooled her children. The children are now living with their father and he wants to make as few changes as possible, including continuing with homeschooling. He has no knowledge of how it works and needs help. I have schooled her children before on and off, including a 2 week stint while she travelled overseas. Looking at options for schooling, one possibility is that we could include them in our day twice a week, while he works. Then he has them the other three days. I guess the reason for my post is to hear ideas on how this could work. For me - teaching 7 girls (her oldest child is a nearly 16yo boy, whom I don't have a lot to do with, so not sure yet how he fits into the equation for education). How their children are going to adjust, I understand this could be a very difficult year for them and we may not get a whole lot done (they are aged 13 down to 6). And my own children (13 - 8). The 7 girls are best of friends and have been for a few years now (their mother and I were best friends too). Our home has been a second home to them and we feel like we are family.
Before this tragedy happened, I had planned on using SOTW for my girls as a group RA and giving my older ones extra reading material. I had also planned on using Exploring creation as a group science, particularly with my younger two, and my oldest would begin with Apologia General Science. We would have had a maths hour each day and a LA hour each day, I would use that hour to work with whoever needed help, then they would work independently when they could.
I'm thinking that the days I have the other girls, we could still do history and science as planned (altogether, expect possibly have to leave general science for now), then have a maths hour and LA hour, but obviously I wouldn't get through as much as I'm spreading myself between 7 children instead of 3. I would possibly need to forego languages, Latin, and all the other extras, just focusing on these main subjects.
Can anyone please give me some insight into how this could work?
I will still potentially have 3 days a week to work with my girls, but that may mean cutting back their extra curricula for a little while to be sure we have enough family and school time.
I have never experienced the loss of someone close and dear to me, so I really have no idea how much to expect of myself, nor the children, in the coming weeks and months. We are on summer holidays here in Australia, and school is supposed to start back 22nd Jan. I doubt we will be ready though.