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How to Homeschool With Infants, Toddlers and Preschoolers

Source: http://www.catholic-homeschooling-resources.com/how-to-homeschool.html

“Can you tell me how to homeschool with my intant/toddler/preschooler always wanting attention?” Haven’t you asked or been asked that question before? What a challenge the 1 day old – 5 year olds bring to the homeschool setting.

Hopefully this page will help you figure out how to homeschool with young children in the house.

Let’s start with the tiny babies; you know, the ones who cry as soon as you try to put them down to work with one of your other children. It is amazing how much you learn to do while holding or nursing a baby. I have held/nursed a baby and written spelling words on the board, graded papers, helped a child with an art project. You name it, if you have a tiny baby in your house, you will learn to do many things one-handed.

The key to a new baby is to learn to be flexible. Sure you would like to do math first thing, but if that is the baby’s fussy time, then math will have to wait. If your baby takes a nap, hurry up and get started doing those subjects that need concentration. During your baby’s awake time, read stories or do other less intense subjects.

Believe me, it is not unheard of for me to yell spelling words to my children over the crying of a baby. Sometimes you just have to scrap the lesson and try to get back to it later. Now, if you have a baby that likes to amuse herself or one who actually takes long naps, then you have it made! Take advantage of it!

If you have older children who have some free time, try letting them sit (or walk) with the baby while you work with one of the other children. Don’t worry, this phase only lasts a couple of months. Then, they learn to move……..

That’s right. Once those babies learn to move, watch out. Now you have to be in two places at once: with the student and chasing the baby! The toddler years are a great time to set up a play area near your school area. This way the toddler can entertain herself for short periods of time, while at the same time listening to all of the interesting things your other kids are learning. Once I had older kids and a toddler, I was amazed at how much that toddler was learning and remembering just by being in the same room while we did our lessons.

When it came time to actually teach that toddler something, I found it much easier to do because they had spent so much time observing everyone else.

Always try to keep your toddler part of the mix. If you need to spend some serious one-on-one time with another one of your students, see if an older sibling will take a turn with the toddler. You can set up 1/2 hour turns with the toddler and different siblings. This way it is fun for everyone. If that doesn’t work, hopefully your toddler takes a nap and you can hit it hard at that time.

Pretty soon you will find your toddler turning into a preschooler.

You will notice them carrying around books and saying they can read.

You will see them “writing” stories and adding numbers on paper

You might even catch them playing school!

This is a fun time for you and your child. Take advantage of their excitement about learning. Help them to write whatever they want written. Read lots of stories to them. Include them in household chores and meal preparation. You will be amazed at how they catch on to things and how capable they really are.

Don’t be tempted to send them to preschool so you have time to focus on the other children. They don’t need to go to a formal preschool. Just have them be a part of the family.

Let them sit in the room during lessons.

Ask them to help you during your school day.

Give them paper and pencil and encourage them to participate.

Go on field trips!

Let them help with the next baby that comes along.

The possibilities are endless. Just be patient. Pretty soon you will have to spend time in formal lessons with this child and you don’t want to do anything to squelch that enthusiasm.

In your quest on how to homeschool with your young ones, you’ll do fine if you remember these two very important rules:

#1: Don’t waste that nap time!

#2: Be Flexible!

So there you have it, some basic suggestions on how to homeschool with your infants, toddlers and preschoolers. It can be trying at times, that is for sure! Hang in there and enjoy the ride. They grow up all too soon!

As I come across fun things to do, or books that we have found enjoyable, I will be adding a separate page for each of the ages – infants, toddlers and preschoolers. Hopefully they will help you in your quest of how to homeschool with all of these different ages.

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