How to homeschool lots of kids (with babies and toddlers in the mix)

“How do I homeschool with all these kids around?”

This question, or some variation of it, is the question I get more than any other in my email inbox and at conferences. Moms wonder how they are supposed to get school done with a ton of little kids under their feet, what happens when new new baby comes (or worse when baby gets mobile!), or how can they teach three levels of anything at one time.

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Fortunately, we are here to help.

Introducing The Ultimate Guide to Homeschooling with Babies, Toddlers, and Multiple Ages. This multi-part series begins next week and will continue through the month of August with a post each week about the biggest challenges moms face in their homeschools.

What’s in the homeschooling multiple kids series

Our team of mom mentors has 39 kids between us and years and years of experience in the trenches of homeschooling. Let’s take a peek at some of what we will be seeing over the next few weeks:

The answer to this question of babies, toddlers, and multiples has to begin with an adjustment of attitudes — ours as a mom. So Mystie Winckler, mom of five and second-generation homeschooler, will be here to talk about reasonable expectations as a mom homeschooling many. Check out more about homeschooling and homemaking from Mystie at Simply Convivial.

It’s all fun until someone gets to high school and we have to get serious, right? Ann Karako, mom of three homeschool graduates and one still at home, addresses your high school fears and talks about the nuances of adding a high school student while you are still homeschooling younger kids. Read more about homeschooling high school from Ann at Annie and Everything.

Next we get practical with the youngest set as Genie Shaw from Barefoot Abbey joins us to chat about six ways to baby-proof your homeschool. With six kids ages eight and under, Genie is field testing solutions every day and will be sharing the best ones she has found with us.

Our own Dawn Garrett, long-time blogger at Ladydusk and community manager here, digs deep to the heart of the issue as she talks about not looking at babies and toddlers as a problem to solve but instead people to love.

Then Lynna Sutherland, mom of eight, reveals what our kids are learning because they have younger siblings — these are some important lessons. You can read more from Lynna about siblings and homeschooling multiple ages at Homeschooling Without Training Wheels.

Heather Tully, mom of ten, adds her wisdom to the mix as she discusses how to train the littles while remembering to love your big kids. You can see a peek into Heather’s homeschool with her beautiful photography at Heather Tully Photography.

Finally I will be back to talk about the practical aspects of juggling multiple ages in your homeschool plans and strategies for making that happen.

And who knows, we might throw in another surprise or two along the way.

I am so excited to finally have a wonderful resource for all your baby, toddler, and multiple ages questions.

The party starts here next week and you won’t want to miss it.

Also, multi-age homeschool has to start with a good plan. Be sure to grab our free planning pages below for more help on how to get that done.

Free Homeschool Planner

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  • Analia says:

    I can’t wait!!!

  • Rana Kacir says:

    Just what I needed!!!

  • Tara Vaughan says:

    I’m so so excited about this series!! Thanks so much for thinking of us with lots of kiddos. Trying to not give up! 😉

  • Bethany says:

    Praise Jesus! I have been trying to decide for weeks now if I need to continue homeschooling (or if I can handle homeschooling) with all three of my children (ages 2, 4, and 8) All girls, lots of drama, attitude, and love. Recently there have been major adjustments in my life such as the need to work from home WHILE homeschooling. I’m not super confident in my abilities to “handle it all” with top notch ratings all the time by everyone around me (i.e. family). I mean we all have strengths and weaknesses, right!? Anyways I wanted to post. a HUGE THANK YOU, because seeing your post about the upcoming series gives me confidence that I can glean from other mom’s as a go on the homeschooling journey once more this year. I can’t lie, I”m definitely nervous about working and homeschooling but I know that with the right tools and the right attitude I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me! Thank you and God Bless!!!
    Bethany

    • Heather says:

      Bethany- I’m right there with you! I work too, and am adding a third child to my homeschooling this year… I’m nervous too (I commented below)

      • Bethany says:

        Heather! I truly feel that where God Calls me He will equip me to be! I’m continually praying for things to work out as I begging to work toward putting a plan in place! I’ll start praying for you as well! I also signed up for Pam’s auto pilot course and I plan on working through that in the next few weeks.
        P.s maybe we could connect on Facebook, I’d love to get to know you as a way to journey along this path together as moms! My Facebook name is Bethany Frizsell Therrell

  • Anna says:

    This sounds amazing. When does it start?

  • Jenn says:

    This series sounds great! Looking forward all these posts and thank you in advance for your time and wisdom ladies!!!

  • Christy says:

    And all the angels sang “ hallelujah”!!! I’m so excited about this. With 6 kids under 8 years old I NEED THIS! Thank you!

  • Heather says:

    Perfect timing! I homeschool a 13 year old and 12year old and am hoping to add my 7 year old to the mix this year as well. And I work outside the home 3 days a week. Whew! Although I am confident this is the direction we are to go, I am having serious doubts about my abilities to give each child what they need. I can’t wait to learn some practical strategies and be encouraged by these experienced homeschool moms! Thank you!

  • Christine says:

    Super excited for this! Also having doubts about whether I can handle another homeschooling year with a toddler, 3rd grader, 7th grader, and 10th grader. Will everyone just be short-changed, will I just be crabby all the time, will dinner ever be made, laundry ever even switched from washer to dryer? Thanks for doing this!

    • Bethany says:

      Christine, my toddler just turned two and boy am I nervous because she is my most independent child. Temper tantrums and distractions are bound to happen, but I’m praying this podcast series will help keep me not just “afloat” in my homeschool but a few steps ahead of “the game” before things start to go awry. Hope all goes well for you!

  • Lindsay K says:

    Awesome!

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