As a member of the Schoolhouse Review Crew, I was asked to review Preschoolers and Peace: Homeschooling older kids with success while loving the little ones at your feet by Kendra Fletcher.
My first introduction to Preschoolers and Peace was last year when I reviewed another book by Kendra Fletcher, Circle Time. I found many useful ideas in that book, and when I was asked to review Preschoolers and Peace: Homeschooling older kids with success while loving the little ones at your feet I agreed.
Kendra Fletcher is a homeschooling mom of eight children ranging in age from 6 to 21. She started her website, Preschoolers and Peace, after giving a workshop on homeschooling with babies and toddlers, and it has grown over time. Readers of her site kept suggesting that she compile the ideas of the site into an e-book and so Preschoolers and Peace: Homeschooling older kids with success while loving the little ones at your feet is the result. This ebook is about homeschooling school age children while also caring for your babies and/or toddlers.
The book starts with the absolute, most important, key to all homeschooling, and all parenting. . . prayer! What a great reminder, no matter what age our children are! And not only does she remind us to pray, she gives some ideas on how to make it a priority while raising little ones.
Next, the book gives practical advice on scheduling, including, the VERY important advice to make sure the schedule is working for you, not the other way around, and a reminder to toss the schedule when it's not working for you. Perhaps the most valuable part is an oh-so-valuable list of practical suggestions of ways to keep little ones busy while schooling bigger ones. While I don't agree with everything, there are lots of ideas and suggestions here to choose from.
I loved the suggestions Kendra gives for how to actually fit Preschool in, and the hands-on, real-life suggestions she gives for using these years to teach our little ones along with our older children.
There's also a whole section on preschool boys. I have to admit, as the mom of 3 girls, I only skimmed this section, but who better than a homeschool mom of five boys to give advice on preschooling boys?
The rest of the book focuses on what it's like to parent little ones, including chores for preschoolers, how to cope when you're pregnant, and the "necessities" like meal planning.
I would have LOVED to have a book like this to give me guidance a few years ago! My youngest, Little Bit, is 6 years younger than my twins, so much of the first years of "really" homeschooling the twins was done with the added challenge of adding a new baby, who quickly turned into a mobile, very busy, toddler to our family. That picture on the left was a pretty common sight for awhile there, but it worked for us.
If you have preschool age children and homeschool, or are considering homeschooling, I'd recommend this book. And at only $2.99 for the ebook, you really can't go wrong!
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