We all know that homeschooling involves the whole family. The whole family includes those little ones you have also! While we all know how our children will behave in different situations, it is great to have a list of ideas to try!
8. Homeschool during nap time
This is one of the easiest ideas if you have the option. That means, if you are able to:
1. Get your little one to sleep at a regular time every day.
2. Get your little one to sleep for a decent amount of time each day.
3. And finally, if you only have a little bit of school that would be able to fit into that time period.
This gets difficult once you have more and older students. You are not always able to get school done in the time that your little one is sleeping. But take advantage of this time while you can!
7. Baby wearing!
I love this one. If you are wearing baby, you are able to get more things done while still keeping baby happy. However, once baby gets older, you won’t always be able to do this and will have to find another idea.
6. Sensory Table/Bin
This is one of those double edged swords in my house. We love sensory bins, but they get messy if mommy isn’t watching. A toddler or preschoolers can stay busy for any amount of time from 1 minute to 1 hour. If this is something you want to check out, I have a Pinterest Board with sensory ideas on there.
I know…the TV is not a baby sitter, but have you seen some of the shows out there? Leap Frog has some great educational episodes and our all-time favorites are Veggie Tales! Little Miss LOVES the Veggie Tales and I love knowing that she can be busy with something that I love as well for ½ an hour while I help her brothers with something.
If your children are anything like Little Miss, a stack of books will give you a good chunk of time to spend with the older children. This girl of mine loves to read books, and I love to be able to spend time reading with her!
3. Coloring Books/Sheets
This is a great way to allow the younger children to sit down with you and keep busy at the same time. I have a Pinterest Board of fun coloring pages, and we love to find Dollar Store coloring books as prizes for good behavior. It is especially fun when mommy has some time and is able to sit down and color with them!
2. Computer Games
Another one of those, the computer is not the babysitter ones! I know I shouldn’t leave Little Miss alone in front of a computer for hours, but when I need to help one of the boys for a little bit and she is itching to do something, turning on a fun game really helps! We love using Stafall.com, Essential Skills Advantage, and LaLaLogic for helping her learn while still having fun!
1. Include them in your lessons!
Little Miss loves being a part of school. She has since day one. We do as many lessons together as we can. These are simple, Bible, History and Read-A louds are able to be done together with each group doing work that relates to their age/grade.
I loved reading Preschoolers and Peace, which helped me learn to handle our age range within our homeschool classroom as well. If my 8 ideas are not enough, head over and check out what Kendra Fletcher has to say about homeschooling with little ones underfoot!
Do you have young ones hanging around while you homeschool? What are some ideas you use that are different from mine? I love trying new things with my little ones!