Class of students of differing ages
Found in: Shared Lessons
Megan F., Nebraska
I’ve had an inquiry from a mom with three kids, ages 10, 12, and 15. She says she’s pretty sure she wants to enroll based on word-of-mouth referrals from friends and has asked if the three kids could be in a class together. I plan on having her come to an information session next week, but I haven’t yet answered her question about whether or not the kids could be together. All of my groups so far are set up so students are closer in age to each other. Do you think it could work to have students spanning this age range in a class together?
Gabrielle K., Iowa
I have an 88, 53, 10, and 6 year old in a class together and it’s magic. It’s personality over age.
Ian M., Indiana
Siblings can present special challenges, but they’re not insurmountable. I’ve done similar groups of siblings and would do it again.
Marlise S., Indiana
I have had siblings in groups similar to this age spread. I would do it again.
Pamela S., Missouri
I’ve done siblings in a group and various ages in a group. It’s nice if a non-sibling child could also be in the group. It sometimes prevents the bickering that siblings seem to do.
Megan F., Nebraska
I should also add that they’re home schooled, so they’re used to spending a lot of time together. The other home school siblings I have seem to get along really well with each other. I’m just more concerned that the pace wouldn’t serve all of them equally well. It sounds like it’s worked for some of you, though!
Laurie Richards, Nebraska
I recently had 3 siblings age 8, 12, and 14, and the 8-year-old played circles around the older two. You just never know.
Joy O., Alabama
I second the suggestion to get a non-sibling in that group. If you could find another home school family that they know already, that would be great. I have a home school group with three siblings plus one other, and it is working. They are 6, 9, 10, and 12, I think.