We have finished up our first week of homeschooling and I am really pleased with how things are going. Charlie seems to like school so far, and it is so rewarding to me to see him learning and to get to experience this with him. I know every parent says this about their child, but I am pretty sure he is the smartest kid out there! 🙂
If there is anything that I know I need to improve upon, it is what Maddie does while I am teaching Charlie. She is not ready to start school yet (“Im not old enough,” she says.), and I honestly don’t know how I could concentrate my efforts on both of them. She spends a little time playing on her own, but is also spending a lot of that time watching television, which I don’t really like.
I was talking to my sister-in-law about this, and she suggested that I make a box for Maddie, a box that she can only play with while Charlie and I are having school. She made one for my nephew to play with while she is talking on the phone.
I thought that was a great idea, and when I mentioned it to my mom this morning as we were on our way to do some shopping, I knew that it was going to happen!
Mama bought this cute container:
Then we walked through the clearance aisle at Hobby Lobby and scored some really good deals to fill it up for the Madster:
Some of these things I already had at home, and I plan to also go through her toys and pick out some of the things she hasn’t played with in awhile and forgotten about.
The “Busy Box” looks so cute sitting on my fridge, and I can’t wait to show it to Maddie later today. My hope is that it will keep her occupied while I need to concentrate on Charlie, and cut down on her TV time a little bit.
I would love to hear some other ideas for keeping a younger sibling occupied while you are having school with your older children.
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