Monday, January 19, 2009

Homeschooling Kindergarten--A Follow-Up Question

I have really appreciated the comments about homeschooling in Kindergarten. If you haven't had a chance to add your two cents, please visit this post and let me hear about your Kindergarten ideas.

Ouiz asked a great question about homeschooling several, multi-age children. Unfortunately, I am not well-equipped to answer it, as my only two homeschoolers this year are a pair of fourth graders. Next year, I'll add to that pair, a pair of Kindergarteners, which will double my enrollment, but still leave me to only teach two grade levels.

So, how do you do it? How do you balance the needs (academic as well as physical and emotional) of many levels of learners?

What kind of schedules/routines work? Which ones don't? I'd love to hear! And I'll be thinking about the things we do here on the Ark to help make our school day run (somewhat!) smoothly.


Anonymous said...

No experience with a multi-age classroom, but it might be worth watching "To Be and To Have", the French documentary about a rural, one-room K to 8 school with a single teacher. It is a lovely film. Here is a link to the info-


Laura said...

My sister homeschooled her 5 children and I did a graduate school project which documented her day.
I know many days she would start with letter writing.
Usually everyone had a thank you to write or a relative they could send a friendly note to.
It's a simple structure for beginning day.