We are 200 Fingers & Toes because we are homeschooling that many here at our house. You did read that right and if you are any good at math you have figured out that we have 10 kids.
Now you are asking, How do we homeschool 10 without outsourcing everything?
We have been homeschooling for the last 13 years so we know what it is like to have many grades going at one time. I always knew I wanted a big family so I searched for a curriculum that would fit our future family from the first homeschool convention 20 years ago, as just newlyweds. We needed a curriculum we could reuse with every kid. One that would felt enough to fit multiple kids in our grade to save time and make schooling a large family streamlined but still hands on. I did not want to throw my kids in front of a computer and leave the schooling to someone else. I wanted to be the leader in their education journey.
Here are 3 reasons why I chose Sonlight for my huge, multi-grade family
Regardless of how you got there, if you have more than two kids you will be tempted to hope for cloning in the future. With two of you, you can answer that math question AND sit on the couch and get through that chapter with your second grader. That chapter is SOOOOO long when the brother is standing there with his workbook two inches from your face the whole time “patiently” waiting his turn.
The binder is the next best thing to a clone. It keeps us moving forward every day by keeping us on task with simple, clear and extremely satisfying to check off boxes for every subject. The whole day is laid out on one page for us to reference through out the day. On the go, we just pull out the schedule page and the notes for the week and throw our books in my amazing Sonlight book bag and off we go. Whenever the older kids need to know what to read next they simply look in the binder, and boom, I am out of the loop. How awesome is that.
The other problem I was running into was that my husbands schedule fluctuates a great deal. He would be unavailable to be home for long stretches and then home for a week, willing to help, but I didn’t know what to throw his way. With Sonlight he can jump into the schedule on any given day. We check off tasks in our schedule binder when we complete them, so he can see at a glance where we need catching up or he can read through the whole week in a book and save me some time. Either way, I love that he can always jump in to help me.
I am not a planner. I love my giant binder. Don’t let her looks fool you. She is not intimidating at all. In fact I call her my “Mom” because this binder tells me what to do every day.
With 10 kids asking what is next, I could loose my mind before lunch on any given day. Knowing where to look quickly helps me keep kids moving forward during the day. Every day is neatly laid out with Reading, History, Bible, Language Arts and Read-Aloud titles. Just check down the list as you read and you are done.
This translates into kids working independently earlier. By the seventh grade, my older kids were in charge of their own binder and I would check in with them. Through all of high school they have worked through their studies as a group with little direction from me on what to do. I still have to hound them about completing their Math every day and turning in science sheets on time, but they know what to do from their binder. Getting them to complete it in a timely manner still falls on us as the parents, but half a job is still better than everything. Right?
My older kids began their independent work just as the next group really needed more guidance. Sonlight was again a great fit because many of the readers covered the subject matter both groups were learning. We could still all meet in the morning for bible time and then break into our smaller groups.Flexibility has always been a key factor in schooling a large family. Click To Tweet
We scrap a lot of plans. We are a house in constant flux. With a bunch of kids, you are too. The baby becomes a toddler, the kids read at different rates, some kids are auditory while others are hands on. We shift perpetually to fit the needs of this year, but Sonlight shifts right with us to give us the structure we need to be successful.
If you like structure, in fact you are craving it, Sonlight will be a great fit for you. If you love reading, or if like me, you hated reading and want your kids to love it, choose Sonlight. My kids are practically putting in the new book order at the library these days. If your husband desperately wants to help you, or grandma, a teen helper or the paper boy, the Sonlight binder lets anyone jump into the fray.
Are you excepting a baby, experiencing a prolonged sickness or have a child with a health condition? Sonlight has been a great fit for many families in your same position. They could pull the week’s schedule page and throw the reading books in a bag and be all set for day is a great relief.
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