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Month: October 2015

Homeschool and Babies

Homeschool and Babies

While I’m still a long way from being a homeschool veteran, I’ve been doing it for seven years and have learned a few things along the way. I certainly don’t have all the answers but I can tell you what not to do because I’ve made my share of mistakes along the way. And that’s what today’s post is about.

One of the most common questions I hear from new homeschool mamas is, “What do you do with the baby while you teach the older kids?”

If you had asked me that question this same time last week I would have had a nice answer for you. I would have showed you our daily homeschool “routine” and mumbled a few sentences about the pack and play and saving the more labor intensive subjects for when the baby naps. And then, this happened…

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My little circus performer figured out how to climb out of his pack and play- wreaking havoc on our homeschool bliss. Yep, that’s a game changer.

I was just telling a friend last week that our homeschooling year was going really well. We’ve found a routine that works for our family, our curriculum is a good fit for the boys and we have a homeschool room to spread out in. We were living’ the homeschool dream.

IMG_1074And then our beautifully orchestrated daily routine (the one in which I impart immeasurable wisdom to my children while they attentively hang on to my every word while politely raising their hand should a question arise) took a tumble.

Now, this little angel wakes up with puffy eyes, bed head and ready to start the day. Doesn’t that look just say it all?

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After breakfast we get dressed and start school. I put this little punkin’ in his pack and play, fully anticipating a wonderfully productive morning while he plays contently in the corner.

IMG_1003But then I’m quickly reminded that he can climb out when I find him slamming his fist down on the computer keyboard.

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His big brothers are so patient with him and try to include him in the work, which goes well for about 1.6 seconds until big brother needs his headphones back and the baby loses it. *Insert Temper Tantrum Here*
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Once he learns he’s not getting the headphones he moves on to more interesting things, like tackling his brother while he tries to do math.

IMG_5171 (1)Or my personal favorite, playing in the bidet.

IMG_1894As you can see, our homeschooling routine is currently under construction and in need of a little creative thinking which I’m sure to figure out as soon as I finish cleaning the bidet.