In Part 1 I told you the key to homeschooling with little ones has to start with mindset. Today we’ll get more practical and focus in on those precious infants and toddlers.
To be clear I am talking about kids age newborn – two, but this could seep into the early third year, as well.
Disclaimer: I am not a medical professional. I do not have a degree in early childhood development. I am just a mom who’s been there.
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Of all the early stages, an infant has got to be the easiest to merge into your homeschool. Now before you bleary-eyed, sleep-deprived, over-caffeinated moms want to kill me for saying that, hear me out. Infants need touch time and that is really easy to do while homeschooling. Yes, you are essentially a walking zombie, but your baby is not yet mobile which make her easier to hang on to.
“Cleanliness, order, neatness, regularity, punctuality, are all ‘branches’ of infant education. They should be about the child like the air he breathes, and he will take them in as unconsciously.”
Toddlers want to know everything. Everything is new because they are now so very aware. It’s the first summer. The first popsicle. The first Christmas tree. The first leaf pile to jump in. Imagine you had never painted. Imagine you had never felt sand run through your fingers or mud in between your toes. Literally everyday brings new excitement for a toddler. And they want all in. Toddlers want to be included in whatever the big kids are doing and should be to the extent that everyone can enjoy it ;).