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So I have two more foster kids coming in two weeks, the sisters of my girls that are already with us. The foster girls and my oldest two were going to be in public school this year, and I was going to homeschool my two boys and have the littlest in her special therapy preschool two mornings a week and at home the rest of the time. Our governor just made an announcement that schools cannot open for in-person instruction until counties reach certain benchmarks that we are not going to be seeing anytime soon. So I will have all eight at home with me. We did one month of the public school’s distance learning with my foster dd8 at the end of the year, and it was terrible, so I am seeking permission to homeschool them through my other kids’ charter. I am also looking for a mother’s helper a couple of times a week, and hopefully I will find someone who can come in the morning and help during school time. But basically, I have a month to prepare for homeschooling seven kids (plus a preschooler underfoot). I will have one each in 6th, 5th, 4th, 2nd, and 1st, and two in 3rd. My bio kids are experienced homeschoolers, and are advanced in some subjects. My foster dd8 is a smart kid who was completely missing certain fundamentals that I have been working on remedying since she came to us in April. I don’t know where the other two are at. Logistics-wise I will need to combine kids for subjects wherever possible. I love MCT language arts, and really want to work it out to keep using them. My 4th and 3rd graders are already mostly combined, and are ready to start Town level. I was planning on starting my 1st grader with Island level this year. I am tentatively thinking of having the 5th grader do Town level and the 3rd and 2nd graders do Island, but I’m worried about the foster girls being upset at being combined with younger kids. I have really leaned towards teacher-intensive materials in the past, but I need to consider some changes. I especially need some kind of science that will be laid out for us. (BFSU was great, but a major struggle even with four kids. Last year I finally gave up and we just did science kit “experiments” for the rest of the year.) I think SOTW will still work for us for all but the sixth grader, but I’m not sure how narrations can work with six kids doing them? BA Online has been working great for us, and dd8 started it when she came to our home and enjoys it, though she finds it very challenging. I just started her at the beginning, since what she really needed was practice with place value. I wonder if BA has assessments to know where to start with the 5th grader and whether the 2nd grader is ready for it or not? Anyways, just trying to figure this out. Suggestions are welcome.
Hello, everyone! I am new to Classical, though I've done Charlotte Mason when my oldest few were younger. Then we switched to more unschooling/relaxed, and the past few months we've been doing a little more trending toward traditional. I just got The Well-Trained Mind from the library and loved the first half so much, I bought it. LOL I'm just not sure how on earth to do this. I have 10 children, 17 down to 5. 5 of them are internationally adopted, so they are pretty far behind their typical grade levels plus some special needs going on (trying to figure all of those out). My 5 bio kids also have some special needs (ADHD/giftedness, ASD/ADHD/anxiety, anxiety/dyslexia, and jury's still out on the other 2 but obvious there is something). Am I crazy for even wanting to attempt something like Classical? How can I make this work? I am feeling like I need to do some remedial reading work with all 10 (my oldest is the dyslexic), and even though she has her own track trying to graduate on time next year and then go on to become an astrophysicist, she is, for the first time in her life, asking for direction, schedules, and a bit more "thinking matter." Tips, suggestions, advice all welcome! Thank you!