Are you a homeschooling mom who has children under five? Are you a work at home mom who has young ones with you all day? If so, then I highly recommend the e-book, Preschoolers and Peace: Homeschooling older kids with success while loving the little ones at your feet written by Kendra Fletcher, mom of 8 and the blogger behind Preschoolers and Peace.
I received this book for review, and I found many handy tips that would have helped me had I had this book a year or two ago.
Who Is Preschoolers and Peace Written For?
This e-book is only 47 pages, which makes it a quick read. However, that in no way means it’s short on quality content. Quite the opposite in fact. This book is chocked full of ideas and valuable suggestions. At only $2.99, it’s the perfect price for the target audience–parents who are trying to homeschool their kids while they have little ones underfoot. (Even if you don’t homeschool, many of the ideas in here can be used by a work-at-home mom trying to entertain her little ones while also getting some of her work done.)
Preschoolers and Peace contains the following chapters:
Chapter One: What a Homeschooling Mom Needs
Chapter Two: Preparing Yourself to Homeschool Older Kids with Little Ones Underfoot
Chapter Three: Planning Around Preschoolers
Chapter Four: How Do I Keep Them Busy?
Chapter Five: What Does a 2-Year-Old’s Day Look Like?
Chapter Six: How Do I Get Any Preschooling Done?
Chapter Seven: How Not to Just Kill Time
Chapter Eight: Circle Time, or How We Pull the Little Ones In
Chapter Nine: Preschool Boys
Chapter Ten: When All of Your Kiddos Are Preschoolers
Chapter Eleven: Preschool Chores
Chapter Twelve: Planning for Preschool
Chapter Thirteen: When Mama Is Worn Out (or Pregnant)
Meal Planning 101
A Final Word of Encouragement
The chapters I most appreciated were Chapters Seven and Eleven (How Not to Just Kill Time and Preschool Chores).
Chapter Seven addresses moms with little children who may feel bored by their role as mom. I remember when my 4 year old son was in preschool and I was on a leave of absence from work to care for my newborn. There was so much time when she didn’t need me because she was napping. I was bored by endless housework, and after the rush of a full-time job, I really found myself at a loss with what to do with my time. Chapter Seven is filled with constructive things moms who find themselves in this position can do such as read the classics (even to your little ones) and learn to cook ethnic foods.
Chapter Eleven urges moms to get the youngest members of the family involved with chores. My youngest is 4.5 years old, and only recently have I begun to have her do other chores besides picking up her toys. Shame on me! There are so many things she can do like bring the silverware to the table, help me sort laundry, and feed and water the cat. Fletcher urges parents with children as young as two to help them learn to do chores around the home.
If you’re a mom to little ones and you’re currently homeschooling or plan to in the near future, this is an excellent book to help take the frustration out of having little ones underfoot who may unintentionally be interrupting you many times a day. After you read this book and implement some of the strategies, my guess is that your day will go much smoother.
I was one of 75 people from the TOS Crew chosen to review this book. Click on the link below for more opinions.