homeschooling with toddlers

 

My life is a circus. It is a constant juggling of kids, cleaning, schooling, parenting, and everything in between. I’m sure you know the feeling. As a new homeschooler I’m just trying to get my feet under me with my 1st grader.  I do have a simple and fun curriculum I put together for my toddler – who just last week turned four – but to be honest, her work is more of an afterthought as I try to keep my 1st grader on track with her “real school.” Ah man, how bad does that sound?

My sweet 4 year old often gets put to the side on hectic days and it feels terrible. I try to give her structured tasks. But on days when the house is a mess, I woke up late and didn’t get a head start on my day, and the baby is particularly fussy and covered in snot and dust bunnies, her “structured tasks” become “go play in your room,” “go jump on the trampoline,” or “here’s a bucket of blocks” and I’m crossing my fingers it makes her content long enough for me to get through my oldest child’s history lesson.

I don’t know if this makes me sound like a bad homeschool mom or not.  I have no comparison.  It can be a lonely world here stuck in my house and not knowing how others “do school” as my toddler would say.  And she says it often.  “Mommy, I wanna do school too!”

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On the one hand it’s a great thing to hear. She’s copying her sister and there’s FRUIT – wonderful fruit – coming from it.  (Here’s to reaping twice what we sow!) At 3 she started writing random letters.  By 3 ½ she was writing her name. And she could do so much more if I actually knew what I was doing and could get our homeschool routine down!

It’s a big part of the reason why in my “spare time” (read, “moments I steal from other important things like sleep and house cleaning time”) I have started to create these video lessons with printables. Sure, it’s something I hope will make money some day, but for now it’s such a great go-to when my little one wants to “do school.” I can print out the worksheets in less than 20 seconds, and play the video lesson on our smart tv and she can learn while feeling like she’s doing school with the rest of us.

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And that’s my vision.  I have an entire board full of what I think are great ideas for just this scenario.  Learning days of the week, directional words, ordinals, short stories with coloring pages and listening retention questions – all with printable worksheets and activities to make an instant lesson.

Maybe it’s a pipe dream, but it’s a dream built from necessity. I hope it helps other moms in their hectic homeschool days as it has helped me.  And in the meantime, perhaps it’s in some way encouraging to glimpse into the real life of a beginning homeschooler. The verse we studied the other week is starting to sink in:

“Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” Galatians 6:9 

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In the first picture of this post, my sweet toddler is doing the balloon craft from Learn Colors With Balloons

In the last picture, my 1st grader is working on the word search from Beginning Spanish Vocabulary – Outside Words

If your children are learning their simple addition facts to sums of 10, you’re very welcome to download my 28 page eWorkbook.  It’s a cost-free and ad-free download and includes 4 worksheets for each math video lesson I’ve created.  It does require a newsletter subscription sign up, but you can also get them separately on each math lesson page without signing up.

Please let me know if anything on my site has helped your or encouraged you in some way, you’ll keep this momma truckin’ along!