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One of the biggest questions I get from new homeschool moms is what do you do with your little ones while you are trying to homeschool your older ones. I am not an expert in this area, but I can tell you what has worked and what hasn't worked for us.
First of all...it ain't easy. But it can be a bit easier if you lower your expectations a bit. You have to have the understanding that they WILL interrupt you. They WILL need your attention. They WILL get into things if they know you are busy with your older kids. They WILL be noisy. Things WILL not be perfect. Ok...for maybe some of you it will...because your kids are perfect...but mine are far from it...so my expectations are a bit lower.
For my little ones I have tried having them sit on a mat and playing quietly like they do at church. That has only worked about 1% of the time here at home. Busy bags are fun. I was in a little group where we made some and shared them with others in the group. You can read about it: HERE and some more activities: HERE!
So YES there is noise! YES it is a bit chaotic at times! YES there are interruptions! YES they may get into the toothpaste and other things while I am teaching the girls. But they are allowed to be kids...and boys!
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The nice thing about homeschooling is you can tweek it to what works best for YOUR family. I am just sharing what works best for mine. If you do all of your school during naptime...then that is what you do. If you do all of your school in the evening...or on weekends...it is what you have found works and that is all that matters!