This time of year I see so very many moms stressed out over whether or not they are doing enough to homeschool their little ones. I have now been homeschooling my children for over a decade and want to offer some encouragement to you mothers with little ones at home. Toddlers and preschoolers love nothing more than to be involved in real “work”. Just look at these photos of Apollo. He is 100% engaged in the important job of learning. Only he doesn’t see it that way, he sees it as helping. And that is just fine with me. Talk to your child. Invite them to help you. Interact with them. I promise, this is enough.
If you’re out of ideas, start here:
21 activities to Engage Your Toddler:
1. Read a book.
2. Bake cookies.
3. Take a walk and talk about what you see, hear, smell and feel.
4. Hammer rocks, or nails or anything.
5. Build a fort out of pillows and blankets.
6. Listen to music with your eyes closed. Talk about the sounds, the instruments, how the music makes you feel.
7. Wash dishes by hand. Sort the silverware as you put it away. This may be a chore to you, but I guarantee your preschooler will love it.
8. Peel veggies.
9. Dig out your Tupperware and set your toddler loose. This will occupy him/her for a long time.
10. Practice walking like a bear. Hopping like a bunny. Slithering like a snake.
11. Give your toddler a spray bottle with water and vinegar and a dishcloth. Let him/her wash the walls.
12. Collect rocks in a bucket.
13. Wash the rocks you collected. Wash anything.
14. Let your preschooler slice olives with a butter knife.
15. Get a shirt and practice doing up the buttons.
16. Sort your spare change.
17. Drop the change piece by piece into a jar.
Tucker, not quite three, sorting spare change.
18. Empty the toy basket then refill it. Repeat.
19. Look at photos together.
20. Practice tossing folded socks into the laundry basket.
21. Be with your child.