How to Homeschool with Toddlers in the House
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Homeschooling can be difficult with a toddler. Some parents work around their toddlers and homeschool when their toddler naps and when their spouse is home to help entertain the younger ones.
Why not include your toddlers in your homeschooling? You will be surprised at what they will learn and pick up from just being involved! Tips and ideas for how to homeschool with toddlers in the house.
How to Homeschool with Toddlers
Preschool Prep DVDs are designed for toddlers and preschoolers. Little ones can learn their letters, numbers, colors, and shapes, then move into phonics and sight words.
These are videos that will catch their attention and allow you to have some one on one time with your older kids.
They have also expanded to workbooks, coloring books, and flash cards to go with the videos.
Blue’s Clues, Team Umizoomi etc.
Turning on kids shows that some educational content will help your toddlers learn while letting them have a little screen time.
Blue’s Clues is a great one, and so is Team Umizoomi. They are the top picks. Other great shows include Octonauts, Dora, Deigo, Bubble Guppies and Wallykazam.
You can do a quick search of my site and find tons of free printables for preschoolers and toddlers. You can get find printables for any theme or topic you plan to study with your little ones.
Try to find them in themes that match what your older kids are learning so your tots feel included. While your older kids might be learning about animal science your toddler can be doing farm worksheets on matching and numbers.
Pom Pom Bin
This can be a life saver! Set out a bin of pom poms in different sizes and colors and some bowls, and you can keep a toddler occupied for hours. They can sort by color or by size and work on their math skills while you work with big brother or sister!
Play-Doh is a great tool that can help kids with the fine motor skills. Most of the kids I know love rolling, squeezing, and building with play-doh. When you add playdough mats, you’ve turned play time into sneaky learning time. You’ll have a hard time keeping the big kids out of the fun!
A quick Pinterest search will bring up a ton of busy bag ideas. You can easily put together busy bags that not only engage your toddlers, but focus on early learning skills at the same time.
Sitting at the table with their older siblings, and coloring will help them feel involved as well. As I mentioned above, if you can find coloring pages to coordinate with your older child’s lessons, your toddler will feel like they’re learning, too.
ABCmouse is a well-known school prep site has a section designed specifically for toddlers. They can work through the activities, and work their way up through 2nd grade activities as they master each skill. They can work on it from your phone or a tablet at the table while you work with the older kids. And, you can try it FREE for 30 days if you haven’t already!
What is your favorite tip for homeschooling with toddlers?