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My youngest turned three a few weeks, and something about that makes him want to be a big kid. He’s starting to want to sit with us and try school work. Homeschooling has been easy so far – I wait until my little one is resting (he gave up naps a while ago) and spend about an hour or so on kindergarten with my big kid.
So what now? Most days he still rests, but now that he’s discovered the magic of being big, I have a feeling I’m homeschooling both together from here on out. It’s an exciting adventure!
So what do we do with a young one who wants to do school but really is too young? We have an abundance of coloring books that are great for gently introducing school work. I also found a workbook on A Journey Through Learning about farm animals that works great with my big kid’s “science book.” I obviously still need to cut out the pieces for him, but he can start to match the colors and shapes.
Another thing that we do to make school time easier is make use of Leapfrog writing products. My eldest loved the Leapfrog Leapreader, but that seems to be disappearing at the stores right now. This LeapSmart system is their new one. My mother got this for him for his birthday and we’re already on our second set of batteries because he and his brother play it constantly. I appreciate that unlike the Leapfrog pen, this can all fold up into one carry case. My little one gets to work through his Leapfrog books while my big kid does phonics and math.
That’s how we manage homeschooling with two kids. I’m so thankful that there is an abundance of curriculum that is designed for multiple ages; it will make things easier in the years to come. But for now, we’re sticking to coloring books and Leapfrog to introduce our preschooler to school.