A few days ago a parent wrote on a fellow bloggers page about needing suggestions on how to teach her older children while also having a toddler at home. Well this gave me the idea for today’s post.
Being a homeschooling parent is hard enough, but when you have a toddler at home as well, lessons tend to take longer and distractions are bigger. I know this for a fact because I have a 1 year old (will be 2 in November) who runs around the house all day :). Here are some suggestions I use to help out during lesson time with older children.
One of my favorite things is to let Lil’ Cheekkers do arts & crafts. It’s messy, but definitely keeps her busy. This can be anything from play dough, water colors, painting, coloring, or stickers. I suggest getting them their own pencil box with the arts materials they are allowed to have daily. Lil’ Cheekkers is allowed to have crayons, book marks, and stickers in her box. A lot of times if I have a specific craft planned for Princess that I know will take time, I allow Lil’ Cheekkers to start it during lessons and by the time Princess is ready to work on her art work Lil’ Cheekkers is already half way done.
Another idea is allowing them to play with educational electronics. There are so many child friendly tablets and apps for them to use. I know that this is Lil’ Cheekkers favorite thing to do while her sister does school. We have an iPad that has several educational sites such as ABCmouse.com, Starfall, and tons of apps with her favorite characters like Dora and Minnie Mouse. We also have a nabi Jr. tablet that Princess got for her birthday that has tons of games and a Leap Frog Scribble and Write.