Tuesday, October 7, 2014

{31 Days} Preparing for Baby # 3 - Homeschooling with a Newborn

Welcome to my {31 Days} series this year!  We will soon be welcoming baby # 3 and I realized that there is a lot I need to do before that happens!  You can find all the posts in this series here.  Thank you for following along with me.


I have been spending a lot of time thinking about homeschooling over the past six months.  I had a wonderful mother’s helper, who essentially allowed me to plan out the kids’ entire school year this summer.  It was amazing feeling so prepared!

When I realized that I would be having a baby in the fall, one of my biggest concerns was how that was going to work with homeschooling.  My two are six and four, so they are not doing a ton of independent work when it comes to school.  This is a whole new world for me.  When we brought home our second baby, Emma was two, so although I knew we would be homeschooling, we were not doing anything besides reading books and singing songs.


We are year ‘round homeschoolers, I believe that every day the kids are able to learn something new even if they are not sitting down to do some type of worksheet.  But, I also knew that I was going to need to do quite a bit more in the late summer/early fall so that I did not feel like we were completely behind.

So far it has been going wonderfully!  The kids are enjoying school, and accomplishing most of what I want to accomplish on a weekly basis.


What happens when the baby comes?  Well, we will be taking time off from school.  I think that is a definite bonus of homeschooling, the flexibility.  We will take off right through the holidays this year.  We typically will take off between Thanksgiving and Christmas for our winter break, but this year we will start a bit earlier, whenever baby decides to make her arrival!

This does not mean we will completely stop learning, like I said above I believe the kids are able to learn something every day.  However, I can say with confidence it will be pared down…a lot.  I expect that our literature based approach to homeschooling will be a help.  The ability to sit down and nurse the baby while reading to the kids will be a great way to keep the learning going, even though we are officially on a “break.”

I would love to hear from more experienced homeschoolers, but also from those of you who have kids in public school! 


What did you do when you brought a new baby home?  Did you take a large break?  How was the adjustment period in those first weeks?

Linking up at the Hip Homeschool Hop

5 comments:

  1. You know, I love homeschool. I know a lot of people don't, but as a former teacher, I think it does so much good for kids. The individualized instruction, the freedom to be able to explore their interest, and the ability to move at their own pace.

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  2. Homeschooling with a new baby sounds totally ideal to me - that flexibility will make life so much easier (no waking baby to do school drop off!) It looks like you are very organised!

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  3. Just make sure to take it easy. I burned out many times after a newborn trying to begin homeschooling again too soon.

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    1. Good advice! I keep thinking, well I might be able to give the kids some of this to do, or we could probably get that done, but it probably isn't that smart! I will definitely be taking my time working back into things :-)

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  4. It's good to read that there is grace for schooling during the midst of bringing a new baby home. I have been working with my 4 year old in bits and had not even thought about how a new baby might change that for us. Love that your posts are really getting me thinking!!!

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