Homeschooling Plus Preschoolers? ~ Preschoolers & Peace #Review
Once upon a time, many moons ago, my four children (and I) were much younger. When my daughter was born, the boys were 2, 4, and 6. Yes, that was a houseful. It was a mere two-and-a-half years later that we began homeschooling. I *did* homeschool with a preschooler at home, and I was working about 30 hours a week outside the home, too. And I was a single mom.
However, it can be *hard* if you’re on your own with no advice. If you’re contemplating – or already – homechooling with multiple children in the home, I recommend seeking out the experience and suggestions of others who have walked that path. One such resource comes from Kendra Fletcher of Preschoolers and Peace. In her book Preschoolers and Peace: Homeschooling older kids with success while loving the little ones at your feet, she shares her tactics for surviving and thriving as a homeschooling mom of eight. (I’ve previously reviewed another book of hers, Circle Time, which goes in-depth on one of the routines she uses in her homeschool.)
If you’re thinking, “I’m too busy as it is; how on earth will I find time to read a whole book?!?”
Don’t worry! At just 47 pages, Preschoolers and Peace is a concise, well-organized read for the homeschool parent. It opens with preparing yourself both mentally and literally for the challenges that you will face; planning ahead, at least as much as is reasonably possible, is an important consideration. We’re led through various methods of doing so.
Suggestions are given for specific activities that younger children can do, and while some are obvious, others fall a bit closer to “that’s cool! Why didn’t I think of that?” (Or in my case, why didn’t I do that?) These encompass everything from learning activities, playtime, chores, and methods for keeping them “busy” and at least somewhat self-entertained during part of the day. (Self-entertainment, along with self-starting, is such an important skill to impart to your kids!)
Mention is made of using your older children’s abilities wisely, whether it’s help with chores and meal preparation, or teaching and entertaining the littles. It’s a good reminder that these, too, are things that we wish our children to learn, not merely things that take them away from their own schoolwork.
The sample schedule that she presents is a good beginning point for creating your own homeschool plan. The reminder that it’s generally much more helpful to have an “order” to your day, with tasks to complete (along with which can be adjusted or dropped, rather than a detailed down-to-the-last-minute timeline. Flexibility is the key to reducing stress on your part, and less stress is synonymous with more peace. And that’s the goal here; enough peace to encourage happy kids and a more-smoothly running home.
As a side note for secular or non-Christian readers – Ms. Fletcher is up-front that her primary focus and strength come from God, and there is discussion of Christian beliefs, primarily in the introduction, and scattered mentions throughout the book. However, I strongly feel that the rest of the book will be of helpful even to those who do not follow the same belief system.
Preschoolers and Peace is a 47-page PDF ebook priced at an affordable $2.99. Seek the advice and encouragement of those who have been there before… you *can* do this!
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