Tuesday, January 13, 2009

School with a Toddler

Homeschooling with a toddler has become quite a challenge lately. We used to get all of our school work done while Amanda was napping. However, many days she only takes one nap during the day, so we've had to figure out how to get school accomplished when she's awake.

We have to gather her school supplies before sitting down to work on the boys' work. Amanda has colored pencils, an old work book and an old calculator which doubles as a cell-phone. She is very excited when she gets to use a real pencil.

Completing Rosetta Stone Spanish on the laptop has been the most challenging. It requires the boys to speak to the computer and it judges their pronuciation. I have to work hard to keep Amanda quiet. The other day, Amanda kept stealing Tyler's hat during Spanish lessons and trying to tickle him through the holes in his knees. The boys never seem to mind the distraction during school time.

However, I wouldn't trade these challenges for anything. Amanda provides great comic relief and I know her desire to learn and copy the boys will really ignite her quest to learn. It also helps me be motivated to find things to stimulate and challenge her.

We have started teaching her sign language after being encouraged by a friend. This will come in particularily handy if she starts mixing Spanish words in with English words which is quite likely after sitting through two Spanish lessons everyday. She is very receptive to learning the signs and likes watching the sign videos online.

4 comments:

Michelle said...

She'll probably graduate High School at age 12!

Kelli said...

I LOVE the pigtails. I can't say enough how adorable she is. She'll be a scholar in no time.

The Henrys said...

What a cute picture and how grown up she looks in it! I'm sure she is learning a lot just being around the homeschool environment and I'm glad you all are learning together.

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