wisdom4us wrote:... what are the little ones doing while you are doing BHFHG and vise versa?
Well, I'm not water2wine, but this is a question we ALL have when we have toddlers and are homeschooling!
Those little ones are a blessing but also demand a lot of our time and attention. It has worked well for me to start with the toddler (Emmett
) first when penciling out a schedule. It also helps to have worked on training him to have some independent things he enjoys doing. Then, I plug the rest of the schedule around his things. For example, here are the things Emmett can do happily and fairly independently (he's 2 years 4 months):
- look at sturdy books in his crib (15 minutes first thing in the morning)]
- play in the (child-proofed) entryway (30 minutes)
- watch a video/DVD (30-45 minutes)
- color at the table (10 minute)
- Lakeshore box activities by us (15 minutes)
- playtime with Wyatt (30 minutes) - I work with Riley during this time
- playtime with Riley (30 minutes) - I work with Wyatt during this time
- blanket of toys near us (20 minutes)
Spreading out these independent things with free time just out and about among us works well. When he was younger and took a morning and an afternoon nap, I scheduled the bulk of my homeschooling teaching time during his AM nap. Now, he only naps in the afternoon, and I tried (last year) not to schedule school during his PM nap time, since that is an important time for me to get other things done (i.e. laundry, supper, phone calls, etc.)
. That's when it became very important to work with him to find some enjoyable things for him to do more independently. I'm adding a time for just he and I this year too. I will probably start LHTH when he's around 3 yo or so. Here are some good links to ideas the ladies shared about toddler activities...viewtopic.php?f=6&t=4136&p=30651viewtopic.php?f=6&t=4462&p=33544viewtopic.php?f=6&t=3814&p=28310
I hope something here' helps!