What I reviewed: Preschoolers and Peace: Homeschooling older kids with success while loving the little ones at your feet (e-book)
What is it? Advice for homeschooling multiple ages by Kendra Fletcher of Preschoolers and Peace
Who is it for? Homeschooling Moms
How much is it? $2.98US (digital download)
Tell me more:
Kendra Fletcher is a mom of 8 kids, and a veteran homeschooler, who has lots of experience on how to balance the challenges of trying to give your older kids the education they deserve while trying to keep toddlers and preschoolers out of trouble. She started blogging to share the ideas she perfected over the years and now has put all her wisdom together in an ebook.
If you are like me and have a mixture of older and younger children, trying to figure out how to get school done while keeping the little one out of the garbage can or off the bunk bed ladder, this is a much needed resource.
Within the pages of this book, Kendra explains in detail not only ideas of activities and things your young one can do, but also:
- how she schedules her days
- how to be intentional with choices of activities
- how God and prayer first make a difference in her days
- chores for each age (2 through 5)
- how to hold a circle time for the whole family
- tips for surviving when mom is pregnant or worn-out
- specific extra ideas for active preschool boys
- numerous suggested additional resources and references
My little guy is just hitting the 1½ mark, and it’s been a while since I’ve had a toddler around while teaching older siblings. This book was a “yes please!” for me as I struggled to figure out how to get school stuff done while chasing my active little monkey. Right away, I was able to take some of Kendra’s ideas and implement them into my day – even though he’s a little on the young side. It has really helped remind me of some great activities to keep Jr. part of our schooling time, as well as introduce me to new ones.
Kendra’s family runs on a much more structured day than I am able to do with consistency – I tend to fall more on the relaxed and unpredictable side of a routine, but I loved having a peek into the day of a large family and how they keep their sanity. Her section on how to work with boys struck a chord (seeing as I have 4!).
One particular idea really got me thinking – breaking down possible activities into a set of realistic time frames. It made me realize how MANY things are needed within a set period of time to keep an active young one busy!
I do want to note that this ebook was written by a Christian mother, and that a large chunk of the first few chapters refers to the importance Kendra feels needs to be placed on putting God and prayer before your plans. Throughout the book, there are also references to relevant Bible verses. If you aren’t a Christian, I think there is still a big value in this resource – even just the list of ideas are worth the value of the book!
I really enjoyed this book and appreciate the wisdom of a mom who has been in the trenches, experiencing the challenges first hand.