Originally Posted by HML2199
Thank you all for your feedback! Sorry it took me a while to come back - I'm pretty busy as you might imagine! :)
I guess I am going to try to just let the comments roll off and not worry about it. I mean, I know we are doing what is right for us and our family. Even though it's hard for me to imagine only wanting one or two children (or none!), I would never comment on that to someone. I understand that that is what is right for THEIR family, and this is what is right for us.
Those of you with large families - do you homeschool? I do, but am feeling overwhelmed with it lately. We just started our new "school year" last week, but it's hard now that I have 3 kids of schooling age plus a 3 yo and newborn. How do you keep everything organized and dedicate time to older kids while tending to younger kids/babies? Part of me wants to start researching local Christian schools, BUT I just don't think we could find one that was in line enough with our beliefs plus their is the cost factor. I'm hoping this is just a phase with me feeling overwhelmed b/c of a new baby and this will too pass and things will get easier.
Gotta run, older kids need help with their workbooks and baby needs nursed. phew! It's 11:07am and I'm already tired! But very fullfilled too. :)
Happy Mama of 5
DD - 8
DS - 6
DS - 5
DD - 3
DD - Brand new!
Hi there. I think it gets easier around kid #5. I don't mean the workload is easier, but people lay off with the comments, or else you just get used to it, or something, LOL. :)
As for homeschooling, take it one day at a time. The goal is forward progress. Focus on the early essentials-- mechanics of reading and building a strong math foundation. Reading excellent books together as a group can be a wonderful way to get in additional things like literature, science, history, etc. Focus on, basically, these two things: (1) maintaining and encouraging their curiosity and (2) helping them make forward progress in the essentials. The rest will come with time and independence on their parts. If you have a nurturing, curious environment (for example, turning on National Geographic/Blue Planet/or a documentary about Lewis & Clark, rather than some dumb sitcom/cartoon/time-waster), with lots of wonderful books, and you focus on those 2 things (curiosity intact & building essentials), you will be developing LIFELONG learners who LOVE to research, learn, grow, have questions & answer them, etc. That, for me, has been the focus. Then, each year/season/whatever, I just examine what tools will best help me accomplish that. At times, it's been almost entirely "good books" curricula (Sonlight), and at other times, we've used some Textbooky sort of things (Mystery of History, Saxon, etc.), and this year, we're doing almost entirely workbooks, because it serves our needs at this moment. But in each season, we still have the same goals of never letting learning become rote/boring, always approaching life with curiosity and delight, continuing to grow in academic excellence, etc.