Continuing on in our series . . .
4. When teaching more than one child, do as much schooling together as possible. Even though our girls were three grades apart, we did much of our schooling together (except math and language arts.) That leaves a lot of great subjects to enjoy together - history, science, art, Bible, music, foreign language etc. This was much less work for me, saved us money and was much more fun for the girls.
5. Let your kids work at their own pace. The girls knew what they needed to accomplish each week. (see #3) If they wanted to work extra hard and get it done early, that was just fine with me.
6. Teach to your strengths and compensate for your weaknesses. For me, I loved history, literature, writing, Bible and the arts. I could teach science in a mediocre way, if I had a good curriculum. And, I stunk at math. (This is why I taught first grade, because I cannot do second grade math.)
If you are not sure what your weak areas are, here is a sure fire way to know. If you and your kids end up in tears every time you attempt a certain subject - bingo, that is it. For us that was always math. Be creative in your area of weakness, but do not just skip that subject.
Once the girls got to any upper level math, I knew we could no longer muddle through. For Christy - our friend Melinda loved math. So once a week, we exchanged a home cooked meal and use of our laundry room for tutoring.
For Jenny, (we moved and very sadly - no more Melinda) we enrolled her in pre-college level math at the community college.