Occupying the Littles During School Time

Yesterday I had the privilege of sitting on a panel of experienced homeschoolers who shared about how to keep little ones busy while schooling older kids. It was the first Google Hangout I'd been a part of, and it was a great experience. 

Lauren Hill of Mama's Learning Corner hosted the hangout, and my fellow panelists were Amy Roberts of Raising Arrows and Tricia Hodges of Hodgepodge - these bloggers are some of my very favorites! Between the 4 of us, we have 24 kids!   

Enjoy, and let me know what tips meant the most to you! 

Keeping Preschoolers Busy While We Homeschool

In the spirit of Preschoolers and Peace,revisiting the topic of keeping little ones busy while we homeschool really ought to be a regular thing.

So when Sprittibee's post about how she does so in her home went up, I knew I had to point you toward it. She humbly replied that her ideas came from here, but I'm tellin' ya, her post far surpasses anything I've gathered in one spot, and you just can't miss it!

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More resources for keeping your little ones busy while you homeschool:

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What to Expect... a Giveaway!


I learned I was expecting our firstborn in the summer of 1992. Please go easy on me and don't comment about how you were, like, in the 3rd grade. :p

My nurse sister-in-law had just had her first two babies, and she immediately sent me What to Expect When You're Expecting, and it gained a permanent home on my nightstand for the next 8 months. All those weird things that happen in the body when you're pregnant kept me referring to the book over and over again, thinking, "Is this normal?" 

That was before the internet was such a widely-available resource. Now, the authors who wrote the original What to Expect When You're Expecting went on to add What to Expect Before You're Expecting and What to Expect the First Year, and they have fabulous content online at What to Expect

Want to win a copy for yourself or some young mom you know? Leave a comment here telling us what surprised you the most about pregnancy or what you're looking most forward to as an expectant mom. If you're neither pregnant nor have never been, leave a comment telling us about the cutest baby you know!

Two winners will be chosen to receive a set of books. Contest ends January 10th, 2013, at midnight PST. The good guys at What to Expect approached me about giving away a couple of sets of books, but they didn't pay me a cent to be positive about the books. I didn't need any coercion to say such good things ;)

Contest is over and winners have been contacted! Thanks!