Ask a Veteran Homeschooler Series: How do you homeschool multiple ages with babies and toddlers?



This is part of the Ask A Veteran Homeschooler Series <--Click to view all posts in this series!

Affiliate links may have been used in this post. To read our full disclaimer, click here.


This is the third post in our Ask a Veteran Homeschooler Series!


MultipleAges
Last month we posted on our facebook page and asked “If you could ask a veteran homeschooler any question what would it be?” We received a lot of questions and responses as well! For the next few weeks we will be highlighting some of these questions and try to answer them for you the best we can! 

Disclaimer: Though I have been homeschooling for over a decade, I am not an “expert”, things change on a daily, monthly, yearly basis, and what may work for my family,  may not necessarily work for yours and vice versa. This is the beauty of homeschooling!

“How do you homeschool multiple ages with babies and toddlers?”

This is a question that I get quite often, it can be a daunting task if you are new to homeschooling. I commend the women that decide to pull all of their children out of school at once and homeschool all of them! I have been homeschooling from the beginning and a new child has been added every couple of years or so, it has given us some sort of adjustment period. I know how difficult it can be to find that perfect balance, that “sweet spot” of getting everything done with your school aged children, finding one on one time with your babies and toddlers and not letting the little ones destroy the house or color up all of the walls in the meantime! 

Babies:
I love homeschooling with babies! For me, having a new baby is such a blessing to our homeschool days. I have found that I can get much more reading aloud and one on one time done when I have to feed a baby. We just sit on the couch and cuddle and get our work done. You can even become a pro at baby wearing (I LOVE my Hotsling) and just tote them around during school time. I also like to coordinate schooling during nap times. Oh how I miss nap times! We were always able to knock out a good amount of school work during nap times. 

As baby gets older and is more mobile you definitely need to find more creative ways to keep them busy while you are doing school. I have used a Bumbo seat with the tray,  a playyard or playpen, blanket time, rotating out new toys to play with and more!

Here are some posts I have found that have some awesome ideas:
Homeschooling with a Newborn – Preparing for Baby Series from Raising Arrows ~ This is a five part series that is so informative and encouraging from a mom who is very qualified! 

Real Life Homeschooling from His Mercy is New ~ an honest post on what real life homeschooling looks like with a baby! Love her honesty and photos! 

How to Homeschool With a Newborn in the House – by Free Homeschool Deals ~ Jammeril has written a great post on how to balance it all. It is full of amazing ideas to keep little ones busy, how to take care of yourself, how to homeschool simply and there is even a video!

Surviving Homeschooling With a New Baby – by Free Homeschool Deals – Jenn has some great survival tips on how to stay on track!

Toddlers:
As you can see there are lots of ways to homeschool with a baby, but add a baby, some toddlers and older children to the mix and you can wear out very quickly!

One of my tips for homeschooling with a toddler is to make sure that you set aside a few minutes first thing in the morning to spend with your little one before tending to the others. We sing songs and read a favorite book, then I get her set up on a quiet play time activity before teaching the olders. I also to make sure to include them in as much as I can. When we do read alouds the toddler sits and play quietly near us while we are reading. This helps to train them to sit still and listen which is great for church! We do our Bible time together as a family as well.

For busy quiet time you can do so many things with them!
Here are some of our favorite activities:
Activity Bags: Ideas and Free Printables
Preschool Playdough Recipes and Printables
Sensory Box Resources and Ideas
Fun With Water: Projects, Ideas andMore!

Here are some more posts with fabulous ideas:
Simple Homeschool has a post on Homeschooling with Little Ones Under Foot and Keeping Your Sanity!

How to Homeschool With a Toddler Running Around by Living Life and Learning

8 Tips for a Smooth Day When Homeschooling With a Toddler by Intoxicated on Life

Homeschooling With Toddlers (aka Little Distractions) from The Happy Housewife

You may also want to check out our series on Teaching Multiple Grade Levels with the Same Curriculum:
Science
Bible
Unit Studies
History

Don’t forget the other posts in this series!
How do you get your husband involved in school?
How do you cover every subject without taking up the entire day?

 

Written by Sarah

Sarah

Sarah is a wife, daughter of the King and Granola Mama to 4 children ages 16-5. She is a Charlotte Mason style homeschooler and has been homeschooling for 13 years now. She is still trying to find the balance between work and keeping a home and says she can only do it by the Grace of God, Coffee and Green Smoothies!

Opt In Image
Join our growing list of 120,000 homeschoolers who LOVE free stuff!

Is my email safe and will I get junk? Click here for info.

Similar Posts You Might Like:


Need An Affordable Approach to Learning?
Save time, money and stress with our award-winning online homeschool curriculum!

12 FREE Books for KINDLE for Small Business and Pro Bloggers

Please note: The following Kindle books were FREE at the time of posting, but likely will only be so for a limited time. Prices can change quickly. Please verify a "Kindle Price" of $0.00  before purchasing  books.   Read these books on your Kindle or free Kindle  Reading App, available…

How to Make Your Own Liquid Soap for Just $4

I run through liquid soap like crazy at my house. I've got a bottle at my kitchen sink and at three bathroom sinks. Cost alone is reason enough to make my own liquid soap. But, now that winter is in full-force, my hands have a tendency to crack and bleed from…

Paleo Recipes & Meal Planning Resources

It seems like I meet more and more people each week who tell me they are living the Paleo lifestyle. The majority of people that I meet are doing it for health reasons. Either to improve their health or to maintain their healthy lifestyle. I have gathered up some recipes…

8 Cold Weather Clothing Hacks

If you live in a warm climate like I do, then you know that we can't wait for the weather to dip in the 50s. "I can finally wear that adorable sweater I got for Christmas!" We look forward to the occasional day that it's cool enough to squeak by…

FREE and Cheap Backyard Chicken Books

Today we are delighted to share these  FREE and Cheap Backyard Chicken books!Please note: These Kindle books were FREE or discounted at the time of posting, but likely will only be so for a limited time. Prices can change quickly. Please verify the price before purchasing.Read them on your Kindle,…

Shopping List Printable

This shopping list is perfect for keeping track of items to be purchased at the grocery store. It is printable and editable. Click here to check out this freebie now!

FREE Printable Leftovers Thanksgiving Labels

If you're hosting Thanksgiving dinner at your house this year, this is an easy way to be the hostess with the mostest. I love to send my guests home with a dish of whatever their favorite item was. I feel so special when a hostess does that for me! So…

Refresh Your Homeschool Room in 2015

Could your homeschool room use a little sprucing up at this halfway point of the school year? Maybe you would like to get it organized in 2015, but struggle knowing where to start. Do you lose valuable instruction time each day because you can't find the materials you need? The…

FREE and Cheap G.A. Henty Middle Ages books for Kindle

Today we are delighted to share these FREE and Cheap G.A. Henty Middle Ages books for Homeschoolers!Please note: These Kindle books were FREE or discounted at the time of posting, but likely will only be so for a limited time. Prices can change quickly. Please verify the price before purchasing.Read…

10 Tips For Shopping Kids’ Consignment Sales

One of the most thrilling things to experience is walking away from a consignment sale having paid very little for a bag full of beautiful clothes. I'm thinking smocked frocks and matching hair bows. To maximize on your money-saving abilities, you've got to check out these 10 tips for being successful…

CLICK HERE TO VIEW ALL NEW POSTS

Notebooking Pages Free Resources