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One of the biggest questions I get as a homeschooling mom is how I fit in work with 5 kids at home.
It has certainly been a trial and error in our home.
There have been nights that I spent up scouring Pinterest for how to organize our school day.
I felt like we were not getting enough done and it seemed like a constant struggle with the kids battling for my attention.
At the end of the day, I was frazzled.
For the past couple of years, I have used a homeschool rotation in our home.
Let me share with you how to start and implement your own homeschool rotation.
Using a rotation does not have to be a set-in-stone schedule.
You can choose to use your rotation however it helps your family and your homeschool.
Let me show you our homeschool rotation and then go step-by-step to creating your own.
I start with the top three areas for each child: Work with mom, Independent, Play.
I then rotate the kids through each area.
For this rotation, Brinkley is 10 (5th grade), Colston is 9 (3rd grade), Hartley is 7 (1st grade), Kinsler is 5 (Pre-K), and Cannon is 3 (preschool).
I have found that 15 minutes to spend on preschool all the way through pre-K is plenty. My little ones get plenty of learning by just playing with their siblings and myself.
Every other rotation is about 30 minutes.
The three big kids rotate through a math block with me, independent work (Clever Dragons and MindPlay), and a play time.
Then, I work with my pre-K little guy.
The next rotation for the big three kids is to rotate through an English block with me, independent work (reading & Smartick), and a play time.
Then, I work with my preschool little guy.
After lunch, we come together for our afternoon block which rotates between history, art, music, science, and geography.
The kids finish the day with their Ambleside reading usually snuggled up in bed together.
Why This Homeschool Rotation Works
#1: The older kids know what they should be working on by looking at the rotation sheets.
Instead of constantly asking me what they should work on, they have the rotation sheet to find their answer.
#2: Playtime is built into the schedule. My kids need breaks throughout their day.
By providing them with sibling recess, they get to join in on the fort building, marble racing, lego building, and sword fighting that make homeschool so much fun!
#3: I know we will hit the important subjects each day. By using a math rotation, then an English rotation, and finally, an Elective rotation, we are spending time each day on core subjects.
This helps the kids stay ahead on their math and reading with daily practice.
#4: Independent learning is built into the day. There is no way that I can help everyone at the same time.
By using programs that allow the kids to learn on their own, I can spend one-on-one time with each kid throughout the day.
When choosing programs that the kids will use on their own, I want to choose ones that will help solidify their reading and spelling.
My boys, especially, seem to struggle with reading and spelling. In addition, my 9-year-old struggles with dyslexia and a spatial processing disorder.
I have found that using programs for struggling readers or especially ones with dyslexia in mind have been a huge help to all of my kids.
One of the programs that we have included this year in our independent learning time is Nessy Reading and Spelling.
As you can see from the rotation sheet above, there are several different programs that I use. I add in Nessy Reading and Spelling when I find the kids need a little variety to their independent learning.
Let’s see why I chose Nessy!
Nessy Reading and Spelling
Nessy Reading & Spelling is an internet based program developed by a team of specialist teachers and psychologists.
I love the fact that it s based on the Orton-Gillingham approach to reading. My kids have had great success using this approach.
The Orton-Gillingham approach is a sequential phonics-based system. It teaches the basics of word formation before whole meanings. The method utilizes three areas of learning: visual, auditory and kinesthetic.
If you want to know more about this approach and dyslexia, you can grab a free copy of the book Dyslexia Explained by clicking HERE.
Nessy Reading and Spelling is comprehensive. It has over 100 independent learning lessons spread over ten engaging islands. Each island consists of a series of lessons composed of strategy videos reinforced with games which teach fundamental reading & spelling skills.
Let’s see how to get started with the program.
Getting Started with Nessy Reading and Spelling
First of all, Nessy is an affordable program.
The reading and spelling program is only $12 a month.
Many specialized programs can be very expensive, but Nessy is affordable.
If you sign up to use Nessy before October 16, 2017, you can save 15% off your first month,
Just use code NRSBLOG15.
Once you have the program, Nessy will conduct an assessment to find their baseline reading and spelling ability.
Then, your kids are ready to start moving through the program.
After using the program a few times, I noticed that Nessy Reading and Spelling is more colorful and animated than other programs we have tried.
It kept their attention and surprisingly, there are no groans when I suggest we do Nessy Reading today.
After using this program, I have noticed that spelling seems to come easier to my kids.
I am so relieved to find a program that helps my kids with spelling becuase it seems to be one of the subjects that tests my pateience!
We have loved using Nessy Reading and Spelling during our independent time.
I know you will love the program as well. And do not forget to use NRSBLOG15.
If you are interested in other programs we use in our rotation:
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