One room school house... what?
|gathered in the living room for school|
In my home, we call that "One Room School House" teaching; from this point on ORSH. This is much like it was back in the beginning days of public schools where a teacher would have 10-20 students of varying grades and had to teach them. There was no way this teacher could teach all the grades separately and so there was much combining. Its the same today in many a homeschool household.
ORSH teaching is very simple and basic. You teach the same material across the board but the application of what is being taught is different depending on ability (notice how I did not say "grade"). For instance:
SEE HOW EASY!!!
|learning about Pompeii|
and building a volcano
There are lots of subjects that you can easily combine:
- bible study
In my home we combine History and Science into ORSH and then LA and Math are separate. There have been a few times where the youngest ones were just too squirrely to sit and so I let them go play. Out of 180 days of school, if the k-2nd crowd misses say 7 days, I really do not think they will be educationally defunct for the rest of their lives.
Sounds simple but, how do you actually make it work?
|more volcano buddies|
Besides picking great curric, combining several subjects together to teach across the board will greatly streamline your school day. We do about 2 hours of ORSH schooling a day and then there is another hour for me to teach one on one stuff with the k-3rd/4th crowd. The older kids have anywhere from 2-4 hours of additional schooling each day depending on their grade and work load. 1 hour of that is math (which they do before breakfast between 7 and 8 in the morning) and the other hour is LA. The additional time would be used doing science or history assignments that requires more work, or additional topics being covered that year.... in general, its kinda like homework time ;)
How does this work if you have much older kids and much younger kids?
This is a wonderful good question! I finally faced this problem last year when my oldest 3 homeschoolers were in 5th/7th/9th and my younger 4 were prek/prek/1st/3rd. It was a pretty big gap between the youngers and the olders.
|F15g is in the back ground doing her|
own science while
H13g is working on a
group project (last year)
|reading lesson ;)|
You named many ORSH doable subjects,
but you only do 2, why?
That concludes this blog post. I hope you have enjoyed this overview on ORSH teaching! Other topics to come in this series, in no particular order, are: