taking advantage of what the library has to offer

Learning how to use the library resources is a great idea for any homeschooler, and these skills become more and more important as children get older and more independent.  Learning about the Dewey Decimal System, how to find things in the library’s catalog, and where different sections are located in the library are all invaluable skills.  You could even consider getting each child their own library card and teaching some responsibility that way.

Even if your chosen curriculum doesn’t specifically recommend utilizing the library, you can certainly do so on your own to supplement the materials you use as part of homeschooling.  Kids benefit a great deal from free time to do independent reading, so letting them choose some books to check out is a great bonus.  For younger kids who aren’t reading yet, let them get comfy and read them a story!  It’s wonderful quality time for parent and child, and it builds those phonics and pre-reading skills that will come in handy later on.  Everyone loves the library!

homeschooling in a big family

Big families are pretty common in the world of homeschooling, but even moms teaching just two children can be challenged by the needs of each child being so different.  This is especially a problem if both kids need lots of one-on-one time to accomplish their work.  The problem only worsens if a baby or toddler needs mom’s attention too.  What’s a busy homeschooling mom to do?

The more kids you have, the more difficult this will be; there’s really no way around that fact.  If your children are close in age, you may be able to adapt the curriculum to meet both of their needs at the same time.   You could also move toward getting your kids to work more independently so you aren’t needed as much.  In fact, there are some types of curricula more flexible on this point than others.  Unit studies, for example, tend to be very adaptable to different ages, and of course computer programs encourage independent work.  If you can get one child set up on a computer project, you’ll have time to help another with their math assignment.