In some homeschool families, students school alone. In others, particularly when children are close in age or interested in the same things, kids can study together.
If you have never had children study together, but are thinking of giving it a try, here are some simple things that you can try today:
- read aloud to several children at once, then discuss
- have one child read to others, and then alternate
- allow children to play learning games together
- have children take turns quizzing one another on something they have already learned
- ask children to make math flash cards (or trivia or word cards) and take turns drilling one another
- show a group of children the same movie (DVD, computer game, or educational TV program) and ask each to write about it, or tell the others what they learned
- assign children a group project to work on – it can be something musical, dramatic, artistic, or anything you like – and later present it to the family
- have one child teach another child something, then switch roles
These are just a few. If any of these ideas seem to work (or are enjoyable for the children), you can always expand on the idea, or come up with additional ways to homeschool more than one child at the same time. There are even curriculum products you can purchase designed to do the very same thing.
There are many other ways for siblings to work together. Depending on your schooling goals for each child and your family dynamics, this may be something you’d like to try, or not. With homeschooling, it’s always up to you.
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