Homeschooling is hard enough with the constant demands of a baby. Our little Monkey is almost two (in March). Bear is six and Ducky is 4. Bear and Ducky are loving their school work each day. But, it is hard when Monkey wants to "monkey" around. Haha. He has good days and bad days.
Before Christmas, Monkey was still taking a morning nap. It was plenty of time to get homeschooling done with the big boys. But, after Christmas he lost the morning nap. It put a wrench in our homeschool day. For a week or so I didn't know what to do. I would try to do school at the dining room table and put Monkey in his high chair. That was a no-go right away. He was having none of it.
We have a school room that I absolutely love. The boys all love it too. We just got an aquarium with a few fish and it is so cute. I would love to use it again one day. But, with a baby it just isn't possible right now (he gets in to EVERYTHING).
Tips For Homeschooling With A Baby:
- Try teaching each student separately, if possible- my students are young enough that I can do this for now. I also "only" have three children (I say only because that is a lot to me but very little to some...haha). I start with Ducky each morning after breakfast. It takes about 30 minutes total for him (he still only in pre-k). Bear is next and his takes about 45 minutes to an hour (although I must admit, we sometimes spread his lessons out throughout the day).
- Give shorter lessons for the time being- I know this sounds crazy to some folks but I have no problem giving shorter lessons to help with the baby's schedule. Do shorter lessons and break them up more throughout the day.
- Let the other children play with the baby- while you are working one-on-one with one student, the other (or others) can entertain the baby. My boys love this idea. They think they are "babysitting" Monkey. It is their job to keep baby occupied so I can work with the student.
- Recruit help- if you live near family such as Grandparents, get them involved with the education of their grandchildren. I am blessed to have a MIL who is a retired reading specialist for an elementary school. My FIL is a retired college professor. They love to help out with teaching my children. If that doesn't work for you, get your hubby to help when he gets home from work. Save a couple of lessons for him to help with after dinner.
- Don't stress out if you miss a lesson or two in a day- having a baby in the house means that the baby gets attention first. If you have to put the lessons away for a while because the baby is fussy or doesn't feel well, it is okay. The world will go on and you will survive. Your children will enjoy a little break to play or read and you can tend to the needs of your baby.
Whatever you do, know that you are doing your very best. You chose to homeschool your children for one reason or another. You and your husband will be successful even in the midst of having all "littles". It can be loud and crazy sometimes but just go with the flow. All will be well.