This is my first year with two kids officially in homeschooling! Although, I really have to plan like I’m homeschooling all three, because it’s unrealistic for the 2 year old to entertain himself all day!
I am in the process of developing a list of “go-to” activities that Gresham (age 4, approaching 5) can do by himself while I work with Aidan (3rd grade). He likes to play with pattern blocks – these are geometric blocks that make designs flat on the table. Gresham likes to make dinosaurs, rockets, etc. Other ideas on our list are play-doh (if Mom is really feeling like multitasking…), coloring books, and puzzles.
Here is an idea for a spelling activity that is easy to make:
I recruited Aidan to help me cut pictures out of magazines (mostly Highlights and High Five), and then we glued them onto index cards. Then I printed the words on the cards. To do this activity, all I need to do is get out the stack of cards and our Scrabble game, and Gresham can get to work spelling the words on the little Scrabble tray!
The words I chose do not follow any particular phonics rule or anything – I was mainly going for pictures and words that would be interesting and hold Gresham’s attention while I am doing something else.
What ideas do you have for keeping younger siblings occupied while homeschooling older ones?