Have a nightmare with me:
Now decide this is a perfect year to begin homeschooling!
Teaching with Toddlers and Babies
So how did I survive?
The key to my homeschooling survival was three-fold.
- I had the heart and attitude that no one was going to be more invested in my children’s success than I was.
- I took the time to create a plan.
- I found successful homeschool moms and asked a lot of questions and implemented their methods that were successful.
There is no other way to describe it.
It is exhausting to chase little ones and teach algebra simultaneously.
The first question to ask yourself is whether or not you are committed to “Stick and Stay”. Our kids desperately need to see us model a never quit attitude.
The great news is that, with a few adjustments, it is absolutely possible to do a great job!
If a plan is going to succeed, there must first be a plan; a goal.
It was here in my life’s story that my husband and I focused and formed our foundational goals; our Mission Statement if you will.
I would encourage you to do the same.
Our goals were simple.
- Pass on our faith
- Teach our kids basic math facts
- Foster a love of reading while exposing our kids to great literature
- Begin the lifelong journey of becoming an excellent writer and communicator.
Asking for Help from Experts
I would never have survived that first year of homeschooling had I not taken the time to seek advice and ask for help.
Some people have a really hard time asking for guidance, not me.
I knew I was a good teacher, but I also knew my house was a mess and I had no idea how to teach with little ones around.
Here’s what I gleaned from experts.
- Organization: I actually had a new friend come and help me organize my home. She taught me how to clear and organize clutter. She taught me how to store things in to clear bins. She taught me that taking the time to organize my home, even above the time I took to teach would save me countless hours. Fast forward to today. This was the smartest thing I ever did. It took me about 3 weeks to completely clean. purge, and organize my home yet I have been able to maintain it for over a decade.
- Toddlers Crave routines. (Actually, we all do, but toddlers thrive when they can anticipate the next thing). One of the moms I “interviewed” encouraged me to schedule my toddlers into manageable time-chunks. It can best be compared to kindergarten “stations”. I established a cycle of activities that followed this order: eat, quiet activity, busy activity.
If I could give any advice it would be to glean this “quiet-time”/controlled environment mentality.
Keep it simple.
I always kept my school activity time toys out of reach so they were fresh and new when needed.
- crave consistency.
- thrive under a schedule of rotation of activities.
- need to have set boundaries for their own development and safety, as well as the sanity of your homeschool environment.