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 Posted January 6th, 2008 10:02 PM   IP           Reply with quote Edit Post Delete post
Does anyone have ideas for a toddler activities during homeschool time?

Right now we have one on one time with each child,so he gets 30 min. of undevided time, but that is not enough and I'm wanting some good inspirations right now!

One will be 2 soon and the other is 3.5

One problem with just letting them play, is that after about 30 min. they become destructive...writing on the wall, unrolling toilet paper, ect.

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 Posted January 7th, 2008 10:16 AM   IP           Reply with quote Edit Post Delete post
I don't feel like I have a lot of answers at all. Since I had only one toddler/preschooler, I sometimes thought it was worse than if I would have had several, because he got incredibly bored when he didn't have anyone to play with! I think he was three when we got him a Leap Pad for his birthday. It was worth every penny plus some for the many hours he played with it. It was also educational, so he was learning things at the same time. He also watched a lot of videos but I tried to get ones that were educational or taught good values. That's just a few things that come to my mind right now.
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 Posted January 17th, 2008 11:38 AM   IP           Reply with quote Edit Post Delete post
Mom went ahead and bought some toys, projects, etc for the younger ones when she would teach us. I was homeschooled from 4th grade up. When things got to bad one of us would have to stop school, watch the children then work on our school alone later. She could help one at the kitchen table later on better then deal with all at once. She did get burned out though. There were 10 of us and a few disablities added to the mix, she is more for school then ever. She still is teaching one who is 7, he came 6 yrs behind us others and he would be in school if there was one he could go to. Public school is real close, but don't know forsure if they would send him there. I plan on homeschooling only unless there is no Christian school available. I am not against homeschooling by all means...altho' I have seen some pretty sad cases!

 Posted February 4th, 2008 07:18 PM   IP           Reply with quote Edit Post Delete post
Toddlers have rarely been a problem here.....kids just seem to get used to how things have to be.

My son plays with his cars.

I have to do the...give an assignment and explain it....go snuggle toddler....
Check assigned work/prod other daughter to work faster....snuggle toddler/play cars


I will admit.....last week I walked into the livingroom to find sunflower seeds blanketting my sofa.....Thank God for vaccumes.

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 Posted November 28th, 2008 02:45 PM   IP           Reply with quote Edit Post Delete post
I'm really liking this!!! I think it's gonna save oodles of time teaching little ones there letter sounds and ALSO KEEP THEM OCCUPIED while the bigger guys do real school!

And many mornings we're (my three preschoolers minus baby) deep into the play dough (I know it makes A MONSTROUS MESS to clean up, but they're happy as long as they are not bickering and fighting over who gets how much and what )

Dried beans in a big container with lots of scoops, measuring cups, muffin pans, buldozers ect. (whatever you have on hand) . . . the challenge for them is keeping them all on the sheet that you spread out on the carpet . . . if they do (and if they don't but pick them up cheerfully) they get a small treat . . . and this is only allowed while baby sleeps and during school hours . . .

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 Posted March 22nd, 2010 10:17 PM   IP           Reply with quote Edit Post Delete post
Someone told me about Starfall, and we absolutely love it. I cannot recommend it highly enough. I let Anna do it for a couple of minutes each day, and she's really picking up things that I don't even remember from it. I think in Keepers at Home magazine they had an article on what to do with preschoolers--anyone remember seeing? Someone had shown it to me, and I really wish I had copied it down.
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 Posted March 23rd, 2010 08:43 AM   IP           Reply with quote Edit Post Delete post
Sharon Grimes has an excellent tape from a session she did at a homeschool convention. It's called "Homeschooling with preschoolers and toddlers". It is about 10 years old but it's still practical for today. You can find it here...


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 Posted March 23rd, 2010 01:15 PM   IP           Reply with quote Edit Post Delete post
Last week at sewing one of the ladies brought that goopy stuff you make with Elmers glue, along with containers utelsils and cookie cutters. It entertained the little ones at a table for quite a while.

-wife to Delvin, mom to Maleah (9) Shawn (7), and Deklan (1)

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 Posted March 23rd, 2010 02:47 PM   IP           Reply with quote Edit Post Delete post
I'm listening!!
I get frustrated every single day with HOW to keep my 2 preschoolers occupied without totally dismantling our school.
Here are a few things we've done:

-Math-U-See Blocks (my 2yr old plays with these for awhile almost every day)
-paper and markers
-sorting small objects like buttons or beads
-listening to story tapes in another room

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 Posted July 27th, 2011 09:41 AM   IP           Reply with quote Edit Post Delete post
Does anyone have anything new to offer here?

We haven't started school this year yet but I'm thinking ahead to how I'm gonna occupy my 1 1/2 and 4 year old.

I've started a list and as I think of things that they could do during school, I add to it. That way I don't have to come up with stuff in the heat of the battle.

Another idea someone gave me is to have certain days designated for certain activities. Monday is Lego day. Tuesday is PlayDoh day. Wednesday is rice in a pan with trucks and cars., etc. The thought is to give them an assignment just like the older ones which makes them feel like they're doing school too.

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