One of the first things I noticed as a homeschool mom was that the best lessons happened when the baby of the family was napping.
I was able to primarily focus on the lessons and fully engage my older sons.
But now that Jamie is at the cusp of being a
Three-nager, his nap time is shorter and he wants to be involved in schoolwork.
Here are some ways I keep peace and get through lessons with a 2, 5 and 6 year old.
One of my favorite ” busy ” work activities for the boys is leggos.
They don’t even know that while their little minds are busy building forts and making mini adventures, they are also being quizzed on shapes and colors by mama. The best way to keep the leggos organized are these playmats by our favorite
Another way I keep James busy during my lessons is making copies of the same exact sheet his big brothers are working on.
Although he can’t read and doesn’t get any of the work sheet, he is always so excited to pretend to complete it alongside his favorite humans.
And to my surprise he actully learns a lot from just pretending.
Another tip I can give is to stop trying to make your homeschool life look exactly like conventional schools.
What I mean by that is this, sometimes we do lessons outside.
Sometimes we are laying on our bellies in the middle of the kitchen.
Most times we only sit and go over a specific concept for less than an hour, then I find ways to integrate it into their play.
If it’s addition, we add leggos.
If it’s reading, we make sure we read baby Jamie a book before bed.
I’ve found that my boys learn best when they don’t even realize they are learning. And that is when they actually grasp a concept and retain the information.
Don’t forget that there’s always the option of sticking James in his crib and shutting the door on him while he’s wide awake.
But how dare I ?!
He will survive a 30 minute lesson in his crib, tears and all.
The biggest reason we homeschool is the time spent out of the home with regular schooling. Some call me crazy, but I actually like hanging out with my kids and I also know how fast this is gonna go. So embrace it mamas. Think of how your heart will swell with pride when your 5 year old completely grasps a new concept and it’s all because of you and the hard work YOU have invested into him.
And don’t forget there is no perfect model for homeschooling.
You just need to do what works best for your family !
His grace is sufficient.
“My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”
2 Corinthians 12:9
It’s sufficient for threenager meltdowns.
It’s sufficient for my 6 year old that can’t read yet.
It’s sufficient for days I doubt my teaching abilities.
It’s sufficient for all circumstances.
Stay strong mamas.