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My children are both school age now, but when we first began our homeschool journey, Ben was a toddler. A wild, energetic, afraid of no danger, toddler. It took a little bit of trial and error to figure out how to homeschool with a toddler. Eventually though, we got into a routine that worked for us. I was able to teach. Hannah was able to learn. Ben was able to be a happy safe toddler.
How to Homeschool with a Toddler
These strategies worked well in my house to keep everyone happy and learning.
Include your toddler whenever possible
Ben wanted to be a part of everything we did during the day. He was so excited to feel like a ‘big kid’. Many of our lessons were actually quite easy to adapt to include a toddler.
- Reading – listen to the story
- Science – watch and participate in science experiments
- Writing – use a pencil or crayon to ‘write’
- Art – create art too
Keep a special set of toys
Sometimes it just isn’t possible to include a toddler in the school work. Playing quietly in the same room is a great option. Hannah was able to do her school work, Ben was able to have fun, and I was able to keep an eye on and help both of them.
To keep him interested in his toys, they were available only while I was teaching. When I wasn’t teaching, these special toys were put away. Out of sight, out of mind.
These were some of Ben’s favorite special toys:
Teach the hardest subjects during nap time
Difficult subjects require quiet…which can be hard to find when a toddler is awake. In order to homeschool with a toddler, we did Hannah’s harder subjects during nap time. This provided two benefits:
- The house is quieter
- Hannah had my sole attention
How do you homeschool with a toddler?
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