One of the things that I set up for the children to do together is some of their lessons. They are obviously at different spots for math and free reading. But for many subjects like history, science and our read together, they work as a team.
When making the lesson plans for these subjects, I take it at Logan’s level. Madison does learn too. Besides, she will go through the science and history rotation two more times before graduation (they are in 4 year cycles). So, we take it at Logan’s level. There is a fine line here though. I have to be sure that Madison feels competent in the lessons as well. I can’t make them completely out of her reach or she will get frustrated and not learn. Sometimes, Logan gets extra work to help cement his knowledge in the subject.
Fortunately, both children enjoy working together. Some of the projects that they do are the history timeline for our wall, drawing pictures of planets for their astronomy notebooks, etc.
A great example of their ability to work together came today when Logan discovered a lizard on a bush outside. He thought it would be a great addition to his nature notebook so he came inside to get the supplies needed to draw the lizard. He also got his sister and told her all about it. He told her where to find her notebook then showed her the lizard too.
I win in this arrangement because I only need to teach the subject once. For us, it’s another way that we strengthen the brother/sister relationship and teach the concept of teamwork.