Thursday, October 4, 2018

Homeschooling With A Toddler

Keeping your toddler happy and busy during your school time with your older children can be tough. In this post I share my best activities and tips for keeping your toddler entertained so that you can focus on working with your older children.

Sensory Bins

Sensory bins are a fantastic way to keep toddlers attention busy for awhile. A sensory bin is simple to make. They are a simple bin filled with some sort of tactile material like sand, rice, dry beans, kinetic sand, etc...additional materials can be added as well like small figurines, sea shells, pretty stones, pom poms, acorns, small toy cars, anything small and fun to play with.

Coloring Books

Even pretty young toddlers can learn to hold a crayon and move it around on a page. I keep a bunch of cheap coloring books on hand for my toddler to work in during school time. Her favorites are coloring books with cute animals.

Pom Pom Sorting

My daughter loves this activity right now since she's learning her colors. Just set out several plastic bowls and dump out a pile of different colored pom poms. Put one of each color, each in a different bowl and have your toddler try to sort them by color.

For younger toddlers, skip the color sorting part. They will just have fun putting pom poms in and out of the bowls. Plus it's good for fine motor development.

Legos Or Blocks

Playing with Legos (the larger toddler sized ones) or wooden blocks is almost always a hit around here. They can keep my two year old entertained for quite a while.

Get Them Their Own School Supplies

Get your toddler their own pencil box and fill it with crayons. Get some cheap Dollar Store workbooks and a couple notebooks. Your toddler will love playing school along with their older siblings. And you never know what they may learn. My two year old is learning the letters of the alphabet by listening to her sister's spelling lessons.

Board Books

One of my two year old's favorite things to do while her older sister and I work on reading is to "read" her own books. She loves to flip the pages and say "read, read, read...." it's seriously the cutest thing ever. I am so glad she is developing an early love for books. Hopefully she'll be excited to learn to read when the time comes.

Use Nap Time To Your Advantage

Luckily most toddlers take naps still, unless your one of my "sleep is for the weak children". Use nap time to your advantage, save messy or difficult projects and lessons for when your toddler is asleep.

Be Patient

Most important is just be patient, with yourself and your toddler. It's a tough balancing act. Toddlers have short attention spans and sometimes your older kids need your focus. Take breaks when you need to.

And keep in mind that one of the advantages of homeschooling is that you can work at your own pace. If a lesson gets interrupted, that's okay, you have time to do what needs to be done and then pick your lesson back up.

How do you keep younger siblings busy during school lessons?

If you enjoyed this post, check out:

-Homeschool Curriculum And Resources: My Top Picks

-Learning To Read Is Not A Race

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