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Toddler and Baby Friendly Homeschool Room

This is my second year homeschooling.  My two older boys are in 1st grade and Kindergarten.  Easy peasy.  However, the 2 1/2 year old and crawling 8 month old are a force to be reckoned with.  The spring was a challenge with a newborn and a toddler, but now that the baby MOVES, I have to be as efficient as possible.  This means a tidy, organized, inviting, and baby proofed school room.

Here’s what I came up with.  Tips are in the captions below.  This morning was our first official day and it went pretty smoothly!

Toddler and Baby Friendly Homeschool Room

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Keep DVDs, TV, and DVD player up high. Those dangling cords proved to be a problem for me today. I need to find a taller trashcan to distract my 8 month old. He pulled the plug RIGHT in the middle of our Math U See lesson.

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We use Sonlight and last year I kept my notebooks on a desk and so many pages got ripped out by my then 18 month old. Keep mommy friendly things out of sight to prevent disorganization.

Keep books up high to prevent little ones from ripping pages.  A couch or comfy chair is a MUST if you're nursing a little one!

Keep books up high to prevent little ones from ripping pages. A couch or comfy chair is a MUST if you’re nursing a little one!

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Even though you’d like to keep the littles out so that you can concentrate…DON’T! Include them. Hands-on, non choking manipulatives are great (mine throw them and sometimes it gets nuts, but we’re working on that ;))

Post a clear, easy to understand schedule so that ALL your kiddos, young or old know what's coming.  (And so mommy doesn't forget!  I forgot handwriting for like a month last year!)

Post a clear, easy to understand schedule so that ALL your kiddos, young or old know what’s coming. (And so mommy doesn’t forget! I forgot handwriting for almost a month last year!)

Framed chicken wire hung up high is the perfect place to hang art work with clothespins.  Hanging things too low down will allow your little ones to rip them off the wall....and then eat them.  Hey, it's a rough homeschooling world out there!

Framed chicken wire hung up high is the perfect place to hang art work with clothespins. Hanging things too low down will allow your little ones to rip them off the wall….and then eat them. Hey, it’s a rough homeschooling world out there!

Keep markers, pencils, and big boy crayons up high.  I buy jumbo crayons for my little ones to use and keep them in a place they can access them.

Keep markers, pencils, and big boy crayons up high. I buy jumbo crayons for my little ones to use and keep them in a place they can access them.

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Liz (5 Posts)

Liz was a cheerleader swept off her feet by the football player back in high school. They’ve been married nearly ten years and are the proud parents to four young boys. She’d always envisioned working and sending her kiddos off to school so she could live the ‘normal’ American dream. However, life and the Lord surprised her and she’s learning to ‘redefine having it all’ while being a debt free homeschooling housewife. She enjoys finding strength from God’s word, the Today show, talking on the phone with friends, and being real about finances and parenting.


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31 ideas for frugal summer fun

31 Ideas for Frugal Summer

It’s summer and this means it’s time for some free and frugal fun with the kiddies.

“Critter hunting,” is a fun pastime.  These small toads provided a lot of free enjoyment.

Here is a quick list of 31 Ideas for Frugal Summer Fun!

  1. Indoor campout – I let my kids spread blankets around our living room, hanging them over couches and chairs, to make indoor “tents.” Here’s one moms great ideas on how to make it work.
  2. Outdoor campout – Pitch a tent in the yard and have a campout with your kids, right where you live. Our 5 “must haves” for a good indoor or outdoor campout are *Junk food, *Flashlight, *Read Alouds, * Blankets, *Card/Board Games.
  3. Family water fun –  Run through the water sprinkler, play with buckets of water, and shoot water guns together. Here are 5 additional water games you can play together from TLC.
  4. Tag and Hide n’  Seek – My kids love it when I  run & play tag with them. What makes it funnier, and makes me an easy target, is the fact that I’m usually running with a two-year-old on my hip. This is a free memory making exercise and its good “real” exercise for momma.
  5. Let your child be the teacher – Let them teach you something they know how to do. Play along even if it’s something you already know.
  6. Go for a Nature Walk & do this nature scavenger hunt.
  7. Critter Catching – Catch anything from lighting bugs, toads or butterflies. Here is some great Bug Info.
  8. Go Bowling – Check out KidsBowlFree.com
  9. Outdoor Art – such as sidewalk chalk, painting, and nature rubbings.
  10. Make Homemade sidewalk chalk.
  11. Go swimming in a lake, river or stream.
  12. Go bike riding or roller blading.
  13. Library Programs – check your local library for summer activities.
  14. Have a tea party.
  15. Write a Solider and/or send a solider a care package, contact AnySoldier.com.
  16. Check out your free local events such as car shows, concerts, plays, and lawn parties. Be sure to check your local paper for these and more.
  17. Cooking Projects – Cooking together is a wonderful way to build family memories. Here’s a list of easy kid friendly recipes.
  18. Board Games – Last week my older boys and I knocked the dust off Monopoly. We had a 6 hour game that latest over two days. It was a lot of fun. {We accomplished this during little kids naptimes & in the evening}.
  19. Vacation Bible School – besides the VBS at your church, visit some other VBS programs too.
  20. Free Building Programs - such as the program at Lowes or Home Depot.
  21. Visit the local nursing home.
  22. Make a great “combat worthy” cardboard box fort.
  23. Volunteer together - call the local soup kitchen, food pantry or sign up to clean your church as a family.
  24. Card Games - Rummy, Uno, Skip-bo, Phase 10 and more.
  25. Play Doh – All kids love Play Doh. Try these Homemade Play Doh recipes.
  26. Free Museums – If you’re able, be sure to visit our Nations free museums and monuments at the National Mall. Also check out this Nationwide list of free or reduced price Art/Science and Children’s Museums via Target.com.
  27. Teach your children how to play chess. Learn how to play chess here.
  28. Go Bird watching; here are some bird watching tips.
  29. Be thankful! Print off these free thankful mini-journals from Ann Voskamp and challenge one another to write down 7 blessings per day.
  30. Star Gaze – Lay on a blanket together under the stars {or clouds by day}.
  31. Make smoothies …because who doesn’t love a good smoothie?

Happy summer in the water sprinkler.

What are your frugal family summer fun ideas?

Jamerrill (21 Posts)

Jamerrill Stewart is the creator and owner of Free Homeschool Deals; an exciting online deal site providing daily homeschool deals, bargains, goodies and free stuff to bless the homeschool family. She shares extensively about living the life of faith as a Christian woman, wife, mother-of-many, household manager and home educator on her lifestyle blog Holy Spirit-led Homeschooling. She was once a Homeschool Post Team Member. If you would like to read more from Jamerrill at the Post click here.


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Have you made a memory lately?

Sometimes I get so wrapped up in Mommy mode:

Making a fun memory

  • homeschooling
  • remembering that my kids should eat 3 times a day plus snacks
  • that they need clean clothes to wear
  • AND the bathroom shouldn’t be nuclear waste site.

Not to mention:  blogging.

Oh, yeah…that does take time.  It is a 2nd 3rd job to me.  But, hey, it does provide a little income for homeschooling books.

The other day, I had a free moment.

I didn’t know what to do with myself.  So, I just looked at my sweet girls.  I realized how fast they were growing up.

I don’t want them to grow up without any fun memories.

My eldest was biting her nails at the moment.  It is a bad habit she has had since she was little.  She only quits when her nails are painted.

I asked them if they wanted to have a fast manicure.

I told them I would pick some fun color and they had to trust me.  (They should have known better.)

I picked a different spring color for each nail.

We did toes too.

They loved it.

I loved it.

A quick fun memory that hopefully will last for a couple of weeks.

Have you made a memory lately?  If not, go do it – your kids need you!

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Blessings to you!  You are loved!

Lana (32 Posts)

Lana's crazy life is all about 5 kids,a husband who constantly is doing DIYs and remodeling, travel, teaching, Texas, photography, social media and chocolate, all while having true JOY. Come see her life on iLoveMy5Kids.


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