The Cost of Keeping a Homeschooling Toddler Busy

April 7, 2010

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With my youngest almost 2, he’s sometimes a handful while I’m trying to help the older kids with their school.  This morning, he saw the paint bottles we had out yesterday and got all excited.  I stripped him down to his diaper and set him at the table to paint.  I stuck around for a bit to help him, and he seemed very engrossed and excited to just sit there and paint.

I went into our schoolroom, off the kitchen, to help the other kids with some online spelling and Teaching Textbooks math.

Here’s what I found about 15 minutes later:

“What?  I was just painting.  You said I could paint.  And no, I don’t have a dirty diaper.  It’s just paint.”

Cost of 15 minutes helping the other kids with their school = 20 minutes for a bath, new diaper (his was dry), 5 minutes washing down both chairs, 5 minutes rinsing out two very brown rags, the paint plate, and 3 sopping brushes.

A baby who loves trying new things = Priceless  🙂

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9 Comments so far

  1. docmisty April 23, 2010 9:24 am

    Yes – there’s usual some ‘fun’ in every homeschool day 🙂
    I think the kids are liking Teaching Textbooks the best of all the math curriculum we’ve tried. And we’re now sitting at the table doing a lesson from Writing Strands together. . . which seems to get more concepts taughts in a short 15 – 20 minute lesson that isn’t too painful. But, compared to computer games, playing legos, and riding scooters, school is always second best. That’s why I try to keep it short with the few concepts I consider essential, and the rest we learn by living.


  2. Amy April 22, 2010 11:21 pm

    So fun, Misty. How’s the curriculum experiment going? Are the kids enjoying it or not?

  3. ChristineMM April 21, 2010 12:14 pm

    Love this. Like a flashback for me.

  4. Ina April 11, 2010 9:51 am

    This gave me a good laugh. Which I like in the morning. Such a familiar scene, but at least paint is washable.

  5. docmisty April 8, 2010 10:12 pm

    Hi Tatiana,

    Thanks for commenting! I love hearing from readers and fellow homeschoolers. It helps to know I’m not alone, since I often spend so much time at home with the kids.

    Isn’t it crazy sometimes, the things the kids do? But then, I think of how sad it would be if I missed all of it by sending them off to school all day. I love being there for their childhoods, teacher, mother, and friend.

    Looking at the picture again, I have to admire the little guy. If you notice, he did all that painting with a circlular sponge on a stick. To get the solid coverage on both chairs, his stomach, legs, and diaper, he had to have very meticulously dipped and dabbed that sponge over and over in overlapping lines. Pretty nice skills for an almost 2-year-old!

    Take care and stop by again!


  6. Tatiana April 8, 2010 12:18 pm

    Hi – my first time commenting on your blog –
    Boy can I relate to this post! You describe the familiar scene very well. Thanks for sharing and making me smile!

  7. docmisty April 8, 2010 10:24 am

    Hi Sarah!
    How’s life? I bet you’ve been enjoying the great weather as much as we have (except for the last couple of rainy days)

    As far as the curriculum, I should have known how it would go. The whole sit down and do tasks 1 through 10 all day doesn’t work very well for us. We are using the Teaching Textbooks math, because the lessons are about the right length, and the instructor teaches each short lesson in a friendly easy-to-understand way. We haven’t cracked the Language Arts books yet. I’m doing a mini-grammar writing lesson once a day out of Writing Strands for everybody at once. The kids have learned how to write – ie. the letters, but we’re pretty lacking in how to write, as in expressing thoughts, creating stories, etc.

    So, we’ll continue to do a little of this and that and switch it up whenever it isn’t working. 🙂


  8. sarah April 8, 2010 8:31 am

    So fun, Misty. How’s the curriculum experiment going? Are the kids enjoying it or not?

  9. lisa April 7, 2010 5:01 pm

    That picture is great. He looks so innocent!


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