Many homeschooling families are raising and teaching children of multiple ages. I know full well how difficult it is to teach school age punks with a baby on the hip or toddler under foot. Mal and Xav tend to get distracted by Merrick when he is doing something different at the table. Naptime is the easiest way to school Mal and Xav. As Merrick got older, he first gave up his morning nap and now sometimes doesn't sleep in the afternoon. I preferred the morning hours for school. I think the bigger littles stayed focused better before lunch than after. Right now, we're getting in one and a half to three hours each afternoon, plus read aloud time and some outdoor activities most days. That just isn't ideal for us, though.
In thirteen brief chapters, Kendra guides you through scheduling a school day that includes your tot, rather than banning them from all of the excitement they just know is going on in that other room. I love the idea of circle time as it is in the book. What I associated with calendar time with the boys a couple of years ago and evolved into their daily notebooks, can be kicked up a few notches to include preschoolers. In Preschoolers and Peace, it's defined as, "...fabulous, all-ages-are-welcome, group teaching time that allows us to pray together, laugh together, and get to the things we often run out of time for." As I think about ways to incorporate this into our mornings, I really see the beauty of it. I've been pulling out activities that Merrick can sit at the table and do with us while we talk and learn. Training the olders to be less distracted by him is as important as teaching him to work on his "school" quietly alongside us.
|Top: Merrick working on QTip painting numbers. Bottom: Our letter sort box, learning alpha order and matching upper and lower case letters.|
Topics in the book include
- How Do I Keep Them Busy?
- What a Homeschooling Mom Needs
- Preschool Boys
- Preschool Chores
- Meal Planning 101
- When All of Your Kiddos Are Preschoolers
For homeschooling moms with toddlers or preschoolers, or any mama who wants to discover ways to spend meaningful time with their littles.
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