Homeschooling with a Newborn

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Homeschooling with a Newborn

Homeschooling with a Newborn

Throughout the year, I often hear from worried homeschooling moms who are expecting to add a new baby at some point during their homeschool year. I don’t care if you have one kid or six, there is always the mental process of working through exactly what life will look like with a new little one in the family.

Homeschooling isn’t for wimps.

Homeschooling with a newborn isn’t for the faint of heart either.

Over the last 10+ years of homeschooling, we’ve added a new baby just about every other year. We started homeschooling with a 5 and 2-year-old. I remember the days with a 6 and 3-year-old and a newborn.

Or the 8, 5, 2-year-old and a newborn.

The famous 10, 7, 5, 2-year-old and a newborn.

Then there was the 12, 9, 6, 3, 1-year-old and a newborn.

This year will be the 14, 11, 8, 5, 3, 1-year-old and a newborn.

These are a few thoughts from my journey. You can read what other homeschooling mothers suggest about homeschooling with a newborn on the Jamerrill Stewart Facebook page and the Free Homeschool Deals Facebook page. Over 100 moms chimed in with their thoughts, so be sure to learn from their wisdom!

HOMESCHOOLING WITH A NEWBORN TIPS

Take Care of Mama

These are tips we all know, but we can’t hear often enough.

Your body needs rest. Especially the weeks before and after your baby’s birth. Make sure you’re getting enough sleep at night. If you’re having trouble sleeping, then take naps as you’re able.

Toward the end of the pregnancy I feel like a lazy mama cat, and I pretty much am by that point. During the last trimester I sleep from 7pm-7am, and if possible I also get in an afternoon nap.

My little hobby for the past several months is reading through the Trim Healthy Mama book.  Ladies, there is so much that I haven’t known, or sadly, even taken the time to ponder. Flax seeds, chia seeds, whey protein, unsweetened almond milk and Glucomannan Powder?  Never cared one fig about them. Now I’m cooking daily in organic coconut oil and seeing how many recipes I can sneak milled flax into, like my recent tuna cakes that were a hit with the family.

I’ve been practicing, even more so in this pregnancy with baby Daniel, eating right and really taking notice of what I’m feeding my body.

Let me tell you, I feel amazing! Drinking plenty of water and eating healthy and whole really do make a difference.

Flexibility and Grace

Ahh, here it is. More of the beauty of homeschooling coming out. These words, flexibility and grace, are totally alive and allowed in homeschooling. I slather them on and apply them often.

Use this as a time to employ the wonderful gift of flexibility in your homeschool. You don’t have to “do school” from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. YOU are in charge of your hours. Remember the gift of time that your family receives through this homeschooling lifestyle.

Family Life

Naomi and 3-month-old Amelia

Family life is one of the reasons why we homeschool in the first place. The baby is a wonderful new life and we need to focus on enjoying him or her as a family. This is not an event to feel rushed through. I want pregnancy and childbirth to not be a burden or hardship in my children’s eyes.

Homeschooling with a Newborn Video

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Simple Homeschooling Season

In the time before and after my babies’ births we instill a simple homeschooling season. We do even more reading than usual. Read Aloud Time is already a huge part of our daily homeschool. In the weeks before and after baby, I spend a lot of days on the couch with my feet up. We’ll easily rip through a chapter book a day as a family read-aloud during that time.

This is what read-aloud time looks like at our house and here are our 10 favorite annual homeschool read-alouds.

Gabriel, working his pattern blocks during read-aloud time

Homeschoolers can never have too many books, right?  This is my used book haul from my annual state homeschool convention.

Gabriel drawing while I read

I also don’t feel guilty watching a good documentary several days a week when I’m just not moving around as much. We utilize Netflix documentaries as well as documentaries and historical movies on Amazon Prime during this short season.

Baby Wearing

Now this is certainly NOT our typical homeschooling day. This picture shows me wearing Amelia in the Moby Wrap while flying out for the Teach Them Diligently Convention in Nashville.

And this is Amelia and I actually in-flight. She must have flown on about 6 planes by 4 months old and I wore her in the Moby Wrap on every flight. It was a life saver!

My biggest tip for the weeks and months that follow a new baby is to wear the baby as much as possible. I use the Moby Wrap for newborn through 4 months old. Around 4 months of age, I switch to mostly using the ERGO Original Baby Carrier. This way, sweet baby is happy to always be right on mommy. I’m able to breastfeed-on-demand. And my hands are free, for the most part, to help my other children.

Little sweetie Amelia in the Ergo baby carrier a few months older

 

Slow and Steady

Lastly, just keep moving slow and steady, Momma. Your children will not be harmed by a slower pace. Your homeschooling will continue, although it may look a little different for this season. Hold your baby tight. Enjoy those soft snuggles and make this a family-focused time when your family enjoys the gift of this precious new life.

 

Additional Resources for Homeschooling with a Newborn

Amy from Raising Arrows did a full series on homeschooling with a newborn last year.

Karyn at Teach Beside Me shares her thoughts on homeschooling with a newborn here.

From Karyn, “The kids needed to understand that there were fewer of the extras. I had to explain to them why we did less projects, less field trips and less of all the more hands-on things. Kids are very resilient and can easily adapt to changes. read the rest here!

On Simple Homeschool you’ll enjoy reading about Angie’s Homeschool Day in the Life (with a newborn, 3, & 7-year-old).

My friend Maureen from SpellOutLoud shares tips and strategies for homeschooling with a newborn.

Maureen shares, “But how do you homeschool and take care of a newborn at the same time? The main thing is to enjoy your newborn first and allow your family to marvel at the wonderful gift of a new family member. When it is time to get back into a routine, be flexible!” Don’t miss the rest of her thoughts.

On The Kennedy Adventures, Dianna gives a real-life look at Juggling Homeschooling with a Newborn and a Crazy Toddler!

 

WHAT ARE YOUR TIPS FOR HOMESCHOOLING WITH A NEWBORN? 

 

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Healthy Space-Themed Snacks for Kids

A few weeks ago our church held summer VBS. Our theme this year was focused on space, as in God’s love is out of this world! My oldest son and I made snacks for 65ish kids for three of the VBS nights. When I was picking snacks, I had to consider potential food allergies that a large group of children could present. I decided to stick with as much fruit as possible, knowing that children with gluten and dairy issues could partake without having to settle for an alternative.

Here are the healthy space-themed snacks that my oldest son, Jadin, and I served. If you’re looking for additional space snack ideas, I have a Pinterest board with further ideas. These space snacks for kids would go great with a space-themed homeschool unit study!

 Healthy Space-Themed Snacks for Kids

The first night we prepared oranges, blueberries, cantaloupe, and strawberries to make each child a yummy fruit sunshine.  We joked that we would probably dream about our sun-rays fruit patterns that night. ;)

Healthy Fruit Sunshine Plates

  • Slice oranges for the center of the sun.
  • Slice additional fruit for sun rays. The fruit ideas are endless! Use watermelon, honeydew, cantaloupe, raspberries, blackberries, and more!
  • As seen in the picture above, simply arrange the sliced fruit in a sunshine pattern and enjoy!

 

Now these rocket ship space plates may have a few issues for 100% healthy and concerning allergy issues. I knew by the 2nd night that our group didn’t have gluten or dairy needs so we did this rocket ship space snack plate idea. I figured only 2 saltine crackers and 1-1/2 slices of cheese would go a long way with the kids, considering they were also getting 1/2 an apple (um…planet), and raisins (otherwise known as stars).

Rocket Ship Space Plates

  • Crackers of your choice
  • Cheese slices
  • Raisins for “stars” and half an apple for the “moon”

 

Lastly, we made watermelon stars. Watermelon stars are easy in theory. However, if you’re making them for a crowd get ready for several hours of star cutting. It was fun though. I employed my little helpers. ;) We made both large and small stars.

Liam was thrilled that he won the NASA space suit from VBS!

What other space-themed snack ideas do you have for kids? Share in the comments below!

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