Homeschool moms have their hands full! The good news is it is easy to introduce your littlest ones, your toddlers and preschoolers to literacy concepts in just minutes and moments a day by conversing and observing with them.
The car is a blessing and a curse. Because we are blessed with a vehicle, we can get to all sorts of opportunities. We can access resources otherwise closed to us. But driving takes so much time out of our days, to and fro. The good news is it is super easy to nurture literacy in the car for toddlers or preschoolers. Even a five-minute drive can be a learning time for little ones without them even realizing it.
When my oldest was about six months old, I handed him a board book to hold while I checked out my own books from the library. A kindly elderly woman scowled at me as I walked past.
“Don’t you think he is a bit too young?” she scolded.
Nope, in fact, I think it is never too early to introduce your baby or toddler to books! Books are the perfect gift for a baby or young toddler. Finding the right type of book for a little one takes thought, but it’s worth it as you watch him or her fall in love with reading.
My baby, who just turned one, received books for her first Christmas, when she was not even three months old. She did not engage with them until she was about four or five months old, but from then on, she’s been surrounded by books. True, some get chewed on. But I know that
“It’s morning, Mommy!”
As usual, I start the day with my 4-year-old daughter’s cheerful greeting. After a hug and a kiss, she runs off to get ready for the day and “make her bed,” and I hop in the shower. Since my homeschool day with almost 9-year-old, 4-year-old, and almost 1-year-old kids (Raisin, Strawberry, and Kitty) is about to begin, it’s best I squeeze in time to get myself ready before I face the day running. My homeschool mom schedule is not for wimps.