I was thrilled to be given the opportunity to review Preschoolers and Peace: Homeschooling older kids with success while loving the little ones at your feet by Kendra Fletcher. I have enjoyed Preschoolers and Peace for a long time and last year I was even given the chance to review Circle Time by Kendra Fletcher. I found many great strategies in the book which gave ideas on how to get my children interested and creating circle time that works, and so when I was asked to review Preschoolers and Peace: Homeschooling older kids with success while loving the little ones at your feet I was thrilled to agree.
Even though I have been homeschooling for quite a few years, I am always learning and modifying how we do things in our house. Reviewing Preschoolers and Peace: Homeschooling older kids with success while loving the little ones at your feet ($2.99 in Kindle format) by Kendra Fletcher of Preschoolers and Peace was perfect timing as I have been struggling to find a balance when homeschooling multiple ages as I have a 7th grade child, a grade 1 child and a child in kindergarten while attending to a 2 1/2 year old boy with autism. For me it has been a challenge to find the right schedules and routines that work for us, so this book was the perfect fit for me.
Kendra Fletcher is funny, real, and a real life homeschooling mom of 8 (6 of whom are still at home). Kendra and her husband, Fletch, run Homeschooling IRL, including a podcast on the Homeschool Radio Network. And make sure you check that out the Homeschooling IRL Facebook page. These are real people, talking about real issues, not picture-perfect homeschool families. You can find Kendra on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google +, and YouTube.
I received a PDF copy of the ebook Preschoolers and Peace: Homeschooling Older Kids with Success While Loving the Little Ones at Your Feet. This ebook contains information from some of the most popular posts on the Preschoolers and Peace blog and the author, Kendra Fletcher, describes this book as a “best of” the Preschoolers and Peace website put into ebook format.. Preschoolers and Peace: Homeschooling Older Kids with Success While Loving the Little Ones at Your Feet sells for $2.99 and contains an immense amount of helpful knowledge in thirteen short, easy-to-read chapters. You’ll find how to run a household and homeschool when you have young children within those chapters and the “Resources” section at the end of the book contains links to articles related to each chapter for further reading.
Here’s a peek at the Table of Contents:
- Ch. 1 What a Homeschooling Mom Needs
- Ch. 2 Preparing Yourself to Homeschool Older Kids With Little Ones Underfoot
- Ch. 3 Planning Around Preschoolers
- Ch. 4 How Do I Keep Them Busy?
- Ch. 5 What Does a 2-Year-Old’s Day Look Like?
- Ch. 6 How Do I Get Any Preschooling Done?
- Ch. 7 How Not to Just Kill Time
- Ch. 8 Circle Time, Or How We Pull the Little Ones In
- Ch. 9 Preschool Boys
- Ch. 10 When All of Your Kiddos Are Preschoolers
- Ch. 11 Preschool Chores
- Ch. 12 Planning for Preschool
- Ch. 13 When Mama is Worn Out (or Pregnant)
- Meal Planning 101
- A Final Word of Encouragement
Before I even read this book, there were several chapter that piqued my interest, specifically “How Do I Keep Them Busy?”; “When Mama is Worn Out (or Pregnant)” (since I am SO overwhelmed and tired lately); and “Preschool Chores″ (Right now, nobody, other than me, does any chores and a little help would be lovely!). But that being said, I was completely enthralled with the entire book. It’s a very quick read but it was full of wonderful with ideas.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I really like that Kendra shares sample routines that have worked for her family during different stages. There are lists of ideas, many are things you are likely to already have in your home or can find inexpensively. I LOVED the long list of suggested activities and things for your little ones to do with ideas range from room time/crib time to creating certain days for your big toys. The room time/crib time is just what is sounds like, learning to spend time in their room or bed, quietly entertaining themselves. So for me, taking advantage of the times that Little Prince likes to spend in his room is a great hint!
Preschoolers and Peace: Homeschooling older kids with success while loving the little ones at your feet is an easy read. 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 recommend this book to any homeschool mom with little ones (whether you have older ones as well or not!)
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