I see a lot of post asking about how to do school when you have a younger kiddo running around. Our second will be 2 next month but she has been doing "school" since she was around 15 months. If you have a newborn and want to get school done with your newest addition for us it was pretty easy, she stayed in the bouncer or did tummy time while the oldest did school. As she started walking around it got a bit harder. She did not walk until she was a little older than 1 year so I had quite awhile to do school peacefully. Once she started being able to walk around and of course wanting to do everything big sis does it got harder. At first I just gave her toys to play with but toys that would keep her interest for a long time.
Some Items I Use:
- colored bean bags
- Haba Palette Pegs
- Letter Popsicles
- Rubbabu 3D Animal Shape Sorter
- Sensory Tissue Box
- Tactical Search and Match
- Fine Motor Hedgehog
Even now I use these items when we are first starting school. It is almost like school of her own because all of the items I give her during school are educational in nature. Once she gets tired of these I switch gears a bit and give her some paper and a crayon. She can color all she likes I have her use both sides of the paper and give her more if need be. This is super effective as it keeps her busy for the remainder of school. Our oldest can complete school in 1-3 hours depending on the games we play and experiments that we do. The items she plays with take a good portion of school. I do not give them to her all at once but rather a new toy when she gets bored of one. Then coloring last. She loves when she gets to color and she fully thinks she is doing school as a result. Another thing you can do is to do school where the little can not get to. If you have a separate area to do school that may work better for you or at a table that the younger kiddoes can not reach to grab things.
At some point we will have a dedicated area for homeschool and will use that but I am pretty sure that both girls will be doing school by then. I will have a space for each of them so they do not take each others stuff since they will be in different grades learning different things. How do you do school with smaller kids around? If you have anything special you do please let us know in the comments below. If you have any questions or do not understand something let me know. I would be happy to explain.