Homeschooling with Toddlers
- Include them as much as possible. We grow and progress with our older children. It’s hard to go “backward” but that’s all these little people know and we owe it to them to allow them to take each step just like our older kids were allowed to do.
- Give them their own desk and preschool school supplies. You can find tiny kid-safe scissors (these are my favorite), markers, crayons, and workbooks just for them to play with during school.
- Save old workbooks and let them draw in them. They’ll feel like they’re doing work just like the big kids.
- Save certain toys just for school time so they have certain things to play with they don’t get any other time. For us we have a Play-Doh factory that comes out during some school days and Montessori alphabet puzzles too.
- Make sure your toddler is getting some one-on-one time with just you. It’s so easy to skip this. With multiple kids it’s hard to make sure everyone gets time with you. It might not happen every single day, but as best as you can, try to sit down and read a story or have a (hilarious) conversation, or take just that one for a walk and look at birds and flowers popping up. That time with Vera makes such a huge difference for us.
- You do need some quiet time to teach your bigger kids. They deserve your undivided attention too. Don’t be afraid to use things like cartoons to entertain your toddlers while you work with the big kids. Actually, this is a great time to fire up the programs that only your toddler is interested in that your big kids might balk over having to watch. We love Little Einsteins in our house. It’s sort of like find arts for toddlers, right??