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    Default Multiple Ages

    Okay, I have a 5th, 2nd, K, Pre-K, 2 yo, and 1yo. This year I attempted to do BY with the 5th grader, FIAR with the 2nd grader, and BF with the younger ones. It's just been too much to keep up with. I would like to try to combine them and do it altogether, with maybe the oldest one doing BY on his own. I just need school planning to be easier. Any help or advice would be great!

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    Join Date
    May 2015


    Hi Audrey,

    I hope someone will chime in as to how they manage that...

    I have similarly aged children - 10, 9, 7, 5, & 3. (And their grades are roughly 5th, 4th, 2nd, K, and Pre-k). I will tell you what I manage to do. I have not pulled off rowing multiple levels, so this may not interest you. I just cannot pull my brain in that many directions.

    We are all rowing together, and we're in volume 4. This seems to offer plenty of challenge for my oldest daughters, and not too much for my 7yo. My 5 & 3yo tag-along with "younger" go-along books, participate in geography, art, some math, and cooking. For my kids I add copy work for my oldest 3, and some light grammar and spelling for them as well, also math. My little girls work on phonics and math games. We often include a chapter book go-along (to be read together, or individually if it's an easy-reader for my 7yo, or get some books that appeal to their interests to be read alone and shared, etc.)

    This may not sound like much, but it's been very satisfying for us. And it's sustainable. I just cannot sustain all the planning each week/month of 3 different levels. This just may be a personal limitation. It may be different if we'd rowed these books before, but they're new to all of us. We're enjoying doing one study, as a family, and it's given us the flexibility to follow some interests since I don't have to move on to something else with another set of kids, ya know?

    Let me know if you have any more questions. Have fun with. your kids!
    Mindy - wife to Colin since '03, mommy to FIVE fabulous kids dd11, d10, ds8, dd5, dd4

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    Join Date
    Sep 2012
    Southeastern Massachusetts


    I don't have multiple children rowing. but I do have a older child that I did do FIAR with this year. We started when she was in 2nd grade. Life has a way of getting in the way so we took a long time to get through FIAR. My daughter is 12 but was 11 when we started this school year. I was going to switch her to Beyond but she asked to finish off FIAR. We had about half the books from Vol 4 and a few from the other volumes we never got to. Its been a fun year.

    If I was you I would row them all in FIAR. Just add to it for your older children. For my daughter I just have her do independent work like researching a topic deeper. I think it would be easier to do all the kids together then try to row 3 levels of work. If there is a animal in the story I have my daughter research the animal. If there is a country or state I have her dig deeper. Its doable. You oldest can also teach the younger ones what she has learned. If the book has weather in it have your older on dig deeper. There is so much they can learn with Five in a Row.
    Jen married 17 years to Steve, mom to Mike "88", Nick "91", Abigail our child in heaven "04" and Samantha "05"

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