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  1. ON AVERAGE (of course every week is a little bit different), how many hours per day do YOU spend schooling 4 or more kids? I don't mean your kids, but how much OF YOUR TIME is spent on schoolwork-related activities? Include: weekly/daily planning time (but not long term or summer planning) instruction time read alouds checking/correcting listening to kids read out loud Do not include: games you would be playing with the kids anyways baby/toddler time you would be spending anyways cleaning/household stuff you would be doing anyways
  2. Any other LARGE families out there have some ideas for managing computer set up and time, etc. . . We have 10 children, 2 of whom need computers fairly often for writing and online classes and 6 of whom I would LIKE to use them more for TT math, VP self-paced history courses, typing tutor, and some math games and the two younger ones who I'd like to let occasionally play a jumpstart math game or something like that. PROBLEM: HOW to acquire enough computers? HOW and WHERE to set up said computers? HOW to manage the computer time without going crazy? Also, how do you manage the TIME spent online, on computer games, on ipods, etc. . . Our solution so far has been just not to have much access to any of it but I am finding that I am ready for the usefulness of computers if only I could figure out how to manage it with some sense of peace and in a way that doesn't take up our whole day. {IF you have less than 5 children, this probably seems like a silly question to you BUT IF you have an especially large family, maybe you know what I'm talking about when I say that media management is harder than the laundry management for our family!} I'd love to hear your ideas, solutions, etc. . .
  3. Anyone want to chat about random issues? I will start:D What are your favorite board/card games? My kids like to play crazy 8's. We even have a Habba cat version for the little kids. They like Risk a lot, as well. I just picked up rummikub for .50 at the thrift store. So we will give that a try soon.
  4. This will be our forth year homeschooling and I finally feel like we are getting in our grove. We started out waldorf-ish moved to sonlight and this year found Story of the World and Apologia Science. Through our love of sotw I read the Well Trained Mind and it makes so much sense. I am just trying to figure out how other large families make it work. We have 6 daughters ages 9,8,6,6,4 and 2. We did Story of the World vol 1 last year with the oldest four together and it worked great. It was the highlight of our school day and it kind of melded into the rest of our life too because we did a lot with the activity guide. Here is my main question. Do you follow the typical cycles with history(which in our cause would mean teaching 3 history time periods) Or do you really get really involved with just one? Does this put my older two behind when they hit the logic stage? Thanks for reading. Hopefully this makes sense. Kathy
  5. We added our fifth at the end of February. He was younger than expected. He had to be in the hospital and is still struggling with some weight and nursing issues. I think we have them fixed. But, my life feels awful. Our home is a mess. I am so stressed that any small thing sets me off. school is a mess. I have three rooms in our house. My teen is an Aspie. He needs space to work. I rotate between my room and the main living area. My kids have their room. If it is nice we have 5 acres. Somedays I send an older one upstairs to Grammy's part of the house. (It is their duplex and we live here because we are really down on our luck.) I cannot keep up with a Moth schedule. I will not give up our twice a week YMCA classes because I need that break. I do have chorepacks but I need to revamp them because I can't keep up with anything. Please Calgon Chocolate something
  6. I have three beautiful kids. I had to beg DH for the third child. I just felt like I definitely hadn't completed my family. Since I knew he didn't want a third child (although he is completely in love with DS and always has been), I just assumed I couldn't have any more kids. I am starting to have those feelings again about wanting to have another child. DH's family is totally against me having any more kids. They were openly hostile when they found out I was pregnant for the third time (although they love DS). I think his mom is a little jealous since she could only have two kids due to health reasons (also the reason why she was so hostile towards me breastfeeding). Anyway, as a practical note. How much more work is it to add a 4th child, especially when it comes to homeschooling. I have a pretty organized system in place now (it became necessary to me to get a good schedule once we had the third baby). I haven't started HSing yet (we are starting in July for real although we are definitely doing some HSing right now during afternoons and snow days). It seems to me that my level of chaos is maxed out and adding another baby won't really mess things up too badly (aside from the morning sickness and the first couple of months after we have the baby). Our lives really didn't change much after we had the third. I want to have the facts so I can talk about this with DH. The other day, he was holding DS9months and said, "I could totally do this again." It gave me a glimmer of hope.... BTW, what is the correlation between people with large families and those that HS? It seems like there are a lot of large families HSing. Maybe we are just the type of people who like to live outside the box a little. Sorry this was long and rambling! I appreciate any insight you can offer.
  7. We don't do too much during the week. We have classes at the Y and it is really close. I take my Grandma to classes, two days a week. We have been working on getting kids more independent. But, my youngest boy can't read well. So, I am still quite involved with him. i am pregnant with our fifth child. I know I need to be more realistic with our life. I am really thinking of moving Science to Saturday. I have been working. on getting up earlier. I have a difficult time with that while pregant. I get too sick if I am up before 7. Any tips?
  8. I made a blog post with many details and pictures about our boxes. http://peacecreekprairie.blogspot.com/ I pray it helps you out. I only spent about $30 on this as I had several of the supplies on hand. ;):D
  9. We have a family of almost 5. They are young (oldest in kinder), but all close in age. We are about to get very, very busy hsing. What are your favorite curriculum for large families. I'm especially having problems settling on a language Arts and Math curriculum (I know, the two most important things!). My idea is to keep language arts and math leveled and combine science (liking apologia), history (probably SOTW next year), and art (I'm a former art teacher, so I have lots of resources here). What are your thoughts and suggestions for my upcoming years. What especially language arts and math curriculum seems to work well with a family of 4+. I'm also interested in the other subjects, these just seem to be grumping me out!
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