Homeschooling multiple children is sometimes like teaching school in a one room schoolhouse. You may have children which range from pre-school to high school. The key to successfully homeschooling multiple children is to make them independent workers as early as possible.

Keep in mind that it may be necessary to spend as much time with a second grader as a tenth grader. Do not assume that just because a child is older that he or she should be able to do everything alone.

Many parents who homeschool multiple children do so through Unit Studies, or by themes. Let’s use the Civil War as an example of a theme. Using the Civil War as the subject, you would gather reading material on the chosen subject to match each child’s reading level.

One child may focus on the cause of the Civil War and which states fought for the south and which states fought for the north, while another child may be learning about the Generals of each side, and important battles. A preschooler may be given pictures to colors of Abraham Lincoln or the American Flag and be required to learn the Pledge of Allegiance.

Once the books are read, each child would then start a report. A younger child may only have to come up with a book report, while an older child may have to give a biography of a General or their opinion of the states that left the Union. A theme study could also be worked into the spelling and/or vocabulary words each child has, along with a special art project.

Homeschooling parents who teach multiple children report that keeping to themes or unit studies keeps their work load at a minimum. They are not required to keep up with many different subjects for each child at one time and it saves time.

Homeschooling parents who have toddlers or preschoolers find that it is easy to keep them occupied with a little forethought. Many parents have toys or projects that can only be worked on during school hours. This keeps the little ones entertained while the older children are working.