Homeschooling With Toddlers!
by Tamara Eaton

Do you view your toddlers as assets or liabilities to your homeschool? Yes, homeschooling with toddlers can be a challenge--especially if you're trying to do "school at home", but they are also a precious blessing and provide your homeschool with excitement, enthusiasm, laughter, joy and freedom from boredom and dull routine!

During the many years we homeschooled with toddlers, we incorporated homeschooling into our lives, instead of allowing it to replace all the time we needed to nurture and care for our family. Our little ones need a normal childhood, too, with mom available to listen and train and give hugs. We weren't running a "little school" at home, but we were able to teach our children academics in a relaxed, positive manner by developing a whole lifestyle of learning--just like we taught them how to tie their shoes, brush their teeth, and have good manners!

Here are some tips that worked for us :

In summary, the key elements in successful homeschooling with toddlers are:

Be encouraged that the same Lord who has blessed you with these little ones and called you to homeschool will enable you. He will give you wisdom in teaching, training, and nurturing your children so that they will be a blessing and not a burden. He has a perfect homeschooling plan for YOUR family --let Him lead the way!

"He shall feed His flock like a shepherd: He shall gather the lambs with His arm, and carry them in His bosom, and shall gently lead those that are with young." --Isaiah 40:11

"And all thy children shall be taught of the Lord; and great shall be the peace of thy children." --Isaiah 54:13

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"And all thy children shall be taught of the Lord;
and great shall be the peace of thy children."

Isaiah 54:13