I know the regular advice on teaching multiple kids is to teach them together in as many subjects as possible, but that doesn't work for us. Here's our situation - my oldest is using mostly lit-based programs, my second child is using mostly BJU, and my third is using a combo of the two. My second wants to work very independently, so it really leaves me with my oldest and youngest that both need me to work with them, although my oldest is going to be working somewhat independently. For anyone who has had a similar situation, what was the best way you found of doing it? Working with one child in the morning and the other in the afternoon? Going back and forth? Thanks!
That is exactly it, I worked with each one for about an hour (sometimes more) on what they needed me to, and taught them to learn the core as independently as possible.
I functioned more as a "facilitator"; I also allowed them to help each other since I had two strong in math and two who were not.
They also helped correct one another's work if needed, sometimes, helping teach the younger ones, not only helped their own communication and application skills, but also showed me how much they knew and retained.
Helping each other in this manner can be learning as well :)
If that is not an option, set an hour or two for each child, helping them get ready to do their work on their own.
Sounds like you have a very varied homeschool day :)
What has always worked best for us when we weren't combining something, was to alternate me working with children. From 3rd grade up, they had an assignment book or sheet, so they always knew what they could work on independently if I was busy with someone else.