Homeschooling children at different ages and grade levels can be a challenge, even more so if you have a toddler running around. But it doesn't have to be. The key to having the day go smoothly and efficiently is to be organized and prepared. If there is one thing I have learned, it's that if I'm disorganized, so are my children. Make sure you know what your children will be studying that day, and if you have a toddler, have appropriate activities set aside. Here are a few tips:
Work with your oldest child first.
Since younger children require more one-on-one instruction, try going over assignments with your older child first. Then, while he or she is working independently, you can sit with your younger child.
Teach your children the same lesson.
Much of the same lesson content in the basic subjects is taught at every grade level, each year building on the last. Discuss concepts together as a group, and then let your children work independently at their own level.
Let your children teach each other.
Toddler crying for attention? Have to take that phone call? It happens. And when it does, let your children teach each other. They can exchange spelling lists, quiz each other on things they are learning about, take turns holding up flash cards, and play educational games together.