Homeschooling the Large Family

Homeschooling the Large Family

Sometimes, raising and homeschooling our 8 kids (ages 21 to 2) seems totally manageable – even easy – especially when compared to other, larger families made up primarily of younger kids.  Younger mamas, it does get easier!

At other times, homeschooling our brood proves to be the hardest thing I have ever done.

Over the next 10 weekdays I will be writing about some of the questions about, issues with and methods of homeschooling our large family over the past 17 years.  There will be no sugar-coating here.  I am not the most organized, spiritual or disciplined person out there and I am not going to pretend that I am.   What I am is clay in the Potter’s hands, willing to be shaped and molded into the mother and wife that He wants me to be.  Remember, His yoke is easy, His burden light.   Learning to walk, led by His Spirit, into whatever path He has for me and my family is exciting and full of adventures (despite the laundry and endless dirty dishes).  This should prove to be an interesting series!

Over the next two weeks, I will be writing on the following subjects (click on the title to read each post):

Why Homeschool?  How to Make a Homeschool Mission Statement

Organizing the Large Family Homeschool

What About the Preschoolers?

A Day in the Life of our Large Family Homeschool

Multi-Level Teaching

Pregnancy and Other Real Life ‘Obstacles’ to Homeschooling

Tips For Getting it All Done

Character Training is a Subject!

Homeschooling the Large Family:  Keeping it Realistic

I would be dishonest if I said that I have never considered getting a job and trading my days surrounded by my kids for a nice dry-cleaned suit and a pair of high heels.  Seriously, we all do.  The truth is that we all blow it as homeschoolers.  We miss things we should have seen, we lose our patience over silly things that we regret later.  What parent doesn’t?

Despite this and after homeschooling now these nearly 18 years, I say that if I had it to do over again, I would homeschool.  I would homeschool knowing that there would be learning issues, morning sickness, marriage struggles, financial troubles, teenagers and toddlers and all of their attitudes.

The benefits far outweigh the downfalls.  Be assured:  it will be messy, it will be noisy,  but it can be done!

And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.  Galatians 6:9

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Linking up today with the lovely iHomeschool Network for the Spring Hopscotch.



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Healthy Eating | Sarah at Sidetracked Sarah
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Marianne Sunderland

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  1. I’m new to your blog (found you with the iHN fun going on) and look forward to reading your Large Family series! We’ll be having our 8th this summer but ours are a bit closer in spacing (11, 8, 7, 5, 4, 2, 1 + baby coming). We’ve always homeschooled and it’s wonderful but hard work! Glad to ‘meet’ you!

    • Marianne says:

      Very glad to ‘meet’ you too! I hope I can share what The Lord has shown about the beauty and blessings of large family homeschooling. God bless your family!

  2. Oh, I will be taking close notes. I only have four, but given the younger ages it sure feels like I have a big famliy! I’m happy to glean from your experience, Marianne!

  3. I just love you and how there is no sugar coating but real, practical helps and always encouragement. “it will be messy. it will be noisy. but it can be done!” Amen to that! Thanks for leading the way.

  4. I am new to your site – found you through this series on another blog or Facebook, don’t remember. I am expecting my 5th child so we aren’t quite the large family but I have enjoyed reading your posts and learning from you. I homeschool my 5 & 7 year old and have a 2 & 4 year old under foot with baby due next month. Some day are harder than others and doing this pregnant was more of a challenge than I thought it would be. Thanks for this series!

  5. WOW….I’m SO looking forward to this. I’m a mom to 7 and this sounds interesting….looking to learn a thing or two.

  6. Thank you so much for this post! I’m pregnant with my seventh. We’ve always homeschooled until this January. My sixth pregnancy, just last year, was very challenging. So my husband didn’t feel I could handle another pregnancy AND homeschool. It’s been a much bigger challenge to have them in public school. I believe that we all, kids included, learn from the daily ups and downs and we get through them together. Your post reaffirmed this belief and my ability to keep going, despite life’s “obstacles.”

  7. excited for this my baby is only 8months but I want to start teaching her now and get tips for the future!! I am not most organized and exactly by the book but I try… 🙂

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