While Lexie is technically a preschooler, I am also trying to homeschool with two other little ones! One of those littles is a very rambunctious, loud, two year old boy … So I was very excited (and blessed) to review the e-book for homeschooling moms, Preschoolers and Peace: Homeschooling older kids with success while loving the little ones at our feet ($2.99). This was written by Kendra Fletcher from Preschoolers and Peace and is a wonderful resource for all homeschooling families with preschoolers running about.
About the Product:
This e-book is inspired by the “best of” posts from Preschoolers and Peace website. (If you haven’t visited the website, and you are a homeschooling parent to littles, I would suggest checking it out!) The chapters covered in the e-book include:
- What a Homeschooling Mom Needs
- Preparing Yourself to Homeschool Older Kids with Little Ones Under Foot
- Planning Around Preschoolers
- How Do I Keep Them Busy?
- What Does a Two-Year-Old’s Day Look Like?
- How Do I Get Any Preschooling Done?
- How Not to Just Kill Time
- Circle Time: Or How We Pull the Little Ones In
- Preschool Boys
- When All Of Your Kiddos Are Preschoolers
- Preschool Chores
- Planning for Preschool
- When Mama is Worn Out (or pregnant)
- Meal Planning 101
Really? Do you have any idea how amazing it is to find a resource with all this information in one place?! I am a member of several online homeschool groups- the number one most posted question posted is, “how do you keep your little ones busy while homeschooling your older kids?” This is also MY number one question!
Lexie and Max are not close enough in development at this point, for us to do formal schooling together- At two years old, he obviously isn’t learning to read, write his numbers, grip a pencil properly, or create lapbooks. His “learning time” is just as important as my 4 year old’s, but it looks much different right now. And keeping him busy and quiet while she is trying to focus on reading her Bob Books readers?! That has been one of my biggest challenges. He joins us for read alouds, and circle time, but at two isn’t ready for the same activities she is at four years old.
What I Thought About It and How I Use It
Preschoolers and Peace: Homeschooling older kids with success while loving the little ones at our feet helped remind me of my options, and give me ideas for more options. But more than that, Kendra begins her book by reminding us of our relationship with God; that Christ is where our identity lays, and that making time for prayer and Him are first and foremost to homeschooling.
My favorite tip that she gives is one in a series of steps- determine what activities you can do with littles around, and which ones you cannot. There are certain lessons you may not mind your toddler being underfoot, such as Bible, or read alouds. Then there are lessons you may want to do while the “nappers are napping;” for me, that is definitely reading/phonics. The e-book is full of activities you can use to keep your toddler busy while schooling your older children. I am going to post the list Kendra provides on our bulletin board in the kitchen, and rotate the activities Max gets to enjoy each day/week. That way I don’t have to work hard to plan things for him to enjoy, yet he still feels like he is part of “learning time.” (Because he asks to do it with us all the time.)
But as I have mentioned, this book is more than activities. It is a collection of ideas, homeschool how-tos, and inspiration that every homeschooling mom needs! I found the e-book to be so helpful I have printed it out, highlighted it, and re-read many parts of it in just the few weeks I’ve owned it.
Preschoolers and Peace: Homeschooling older kids with success while loving the little ones at our feet has helped me rearrange our time, relax, and make our homeschool days count! I try to live each of our days as if this precious gift of homeschooling my children will end tomorrow, and this book has given me a refresher course so I can do just that!