Homeschooling has challenges, to begin with, but schooling with a toddler is hard! Yup, I said it, it is freaking hard! Meet my homeschooler Gauge. He is intelligent, funny, loving and giving. He also has SPD and is stubborn! We have challenges with him all on his own. Let me say I love him and I wouldn’t change him for anything but…some days are really difficult. We have to keep to a schedule or we fall apart.
When you add my beautiful whirlwind two year old to the mix, well it gets really fun. Meet my daughter, the light of all of our lives. She’s also the one who can make teaching/learning crazy and harder. As with my son, I wouldn’t change her for the world but let’s face it toddlers are difficult, they want what they want when they want it.
She loves learning and her favorite game is to climb on her brothers work so she can “help”. While it can be cute and I have some awesome pictures, it is also frustrating for him. I always hear “Mom I just want to do this.” I am of the mind that children don’t need formal work until they reach a certain age so for a while, I tried getting her to color but my little smarty boots soon got bored and went back to her game.
As I was gathering our work one day, she said: “Mommy I want learn too.” In that sweet little voice. I asked her what she wanted to learn and she said from books with a huge smile. I’m not going to lie I was torn, I listen to my children and take their wants into consideration but I also didn’t want her to have book work this young. She made the decision for me while at Dollar Tree one day. My little girl ran to the workbooks and said, “Work mama work!” I thought why not let her get one? I will add pictures of what we got.
I ended up getting her 3 preschool books. I had my doubts, after all, she was two. She was just going to get bored in a second and tear these up. Boy was I wrong! With my help, my daughter finished the books and was counting and reciting her ABC’s. She was happy and her brother got his work done. I know this method won’t work with everyone but I got my sanity back! Plus I get to see my youngest eyes light up just like her brothers when she learns something new! My son is also happier and more relaxed! If you have a toddler and trying to keep them busy and keep your mind from exploding, try asking them what they’d like to do. I’m serious, they might actually know and you may learn something about the littlest person in your life!
I’m still learning how to keep my sanity as a whole but I’m glad I tucked this little area away. Now, if I can only learn how to clean perfectly, get all my work done, keep my kids happy and keep my sanity all at the same time. Is that even possible? I’m guessing not haha!