I recently had the opportunity to review the e-book Preschoolers and Peace: Homeschooling older kids with success while loving the little ones at your feet by Kendra Fletcher creator of Preschoolers and Peace.
Who Is Kendra Fletcher?
Kendra Fletcher is a Christian homeschooling mother of 8 children ranging in age from 21 down to age 6 years old. Kendra has been homeschooling her children since her oldest was school age and often had little ones in the mix. Kendra is the author of one of my long time favourite blogs Preschoolers and Peace and the book Circle Time: Plan the Best Part of Your Day that I reviewed last year.
What is Preschoolers and Peace: Homeschooling older kids with success while loving the little ones at your feet? & What Did I Think
Preschoolers and Peace is a 47 page e-book for the homeschooling mother with little ones at home. It costs $2.99 at the time of this post.
Chapters in Preschoolers and Peace: Homeschooling older kids with success while loving the little ones at your feet:
- What a Homeschooling Mom Needs
- Preparing Yourself to Homeschool Older Kids With Little Ones Underfoot
- Planning Around Preschoolers
- How Do I Keep Them Busy?
- What Does a 2-Year-Old’s Day Look Like?
- How Do I Get Any Preschooling Done?
- How Not to Just Kill Time
- Circle Time: Or How We Pull the Little Ones In
- Preschool Boys
- When All of Your Kiddos Are Preschoolers
- Preschool Chores
- Planning for Preschool
- When Mama is Worn Out (or Pregnant)
- Meal Planning 101
Early last year I really thought that my days of having babies or young children in the house were over. Little did I know that the Lord would bless us with a 6th child! So Kendra's book Preschoolers and Peace comes at a great time. It wont be long really before our wee babe will be running around getting into everything! Since it's been a few years since I've had a preschooler in the house I thought I could use a refresher.
I love that Preschoolers and Peace starts out with the homeschooling MOTHER in mind. The first chapter What a Homeschooling Mom Needs, talks about how we can fall into thinking of ourselves as just homeschooling mother. We can become so wrapped up with thinking about all the things we DO instead putting Christ at the center.
The second chapter Preparing Yourself to Homeschool older Kids With Little Ones Underfoot, focuses on prayer. Two ideas I loved from this chapter is creating prayer binders and prayer boxes. For the prayer binders Kendra shared a super sweet idea of tracing your children’s hand shapes onto a piece of paper, then writing inside the hand shapes things you want to pray for each child. I think that would be such a sweet idea, and if you did this each year a nice thing to look back on over time.
I just loved this quote from chapter 2.
How could my busy, crazy homeschooling moments be different if I’m
looking at life from a perspective that says, I am already accepted and loved
and valuable simply because of what Christ did for me and not because I
chose the right curriculum or am the perfect parent?
Preschoolers and Peace is filled with ideas for scheduling and I love that it is more routine based then at 9:00 do this and at 9:30 do this. I found out long ago that that strict style just does not work for my family. But a routine, yes that helps sooo much! Kendra shares sample routines that have worked for her family during different stages. There are also many ideas for keeping little ones busy. I love the lists of ideas, many are things you are likely to already have in your home or can find inexpensively. One idea is about keeping bigger toys stored away and only bring certain ones out once a week. I used to do this when our oldest children were little. I found that it was like having "new" toys each week. The little ones were more happy to play with them for a longer time period, because it was "special". I think I originally found this idea on Kendra’s Preschoolers and Peace blog!
Preschoolers and Peace: Homeschooling older kids with success while loving the little ones at your feet is an easy read. I read the whole book while I was nursing our little one. Of course it helps that I was interested in the topic, but Kendra's writing style is very easy to read and relate to. I guess that's why I've been such a huge fan of her blog for so long! I would recommend this e-book to any mom of little ones or anyone who often cares for young children.
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You Tube: https://www.youtube.com/user/preschoolersandpeace
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