hsmomma wrote:This is probably a variation on an old question but here goes:) I have a son who will be 4 in one month and one who will be 6 starting MKW kindy. My 4yo wants to do everything his 6yo brother does(I also have a 1yo, 11yo and 16yo at home). I know I should start with the youngest and work my way up but how do I keep my 4yo busy with something else while doing phonics work with his MKW brother. I dont want to have it be big brother time because it will be in the morning and they are both really productive in the morning and I would like them working on their weak areas. Do you think having him work on prek independent activities would work? I am worried he will just interrupt with my one on one time with my 6yo...
Mine are 3 and 5 and I'll say that this has been one of the most challenging things for me (so far!).
My little one has done a little of everything:
independent play in her room while I do the "meat" of the lesson with big sis
play playdough or markers at the table where we're working
"doing worksheets" for her school time (extra handwriting sheets or worksheets I've found)
Her favorite has been joining us during craft time and cutting stuff up with scissors.
I've not found the perfect way to combine them yet, but it's working well enough. She does interrupt occasionally, but often she just runs off and plays. Personally, I'm fine with that. I have no solid "school time" goals for her right now.