Homeschooling a 3 year old, Why Is It So Hard?

For the past 14 years my mind has been trained to think about how to design a website, create content for marketing materials and grow followers on social media for corporate companies. I have not had to think about unique ways to help my toddler learn her alphabet. I thought it was something kids just caught onto and with a little practice from mom and dad + singing the ABC's that they will easily get it.

Naive me, I know.

When I first signed up to be a Stay At Home Mom/ Pre-(Home)School Teacher I thought it would be so easy. I mean how hard is it to teach a toddler their colors, ABC's and 1-2-3's? It's not like its rocket science.

Yeaaaa... little did I know this would take a lot more work thing singing a few songs and reading a few books. Some days have been harder then others, and getting my own child (especially if they are super hyper active) to sit and listen to you isn't as easy as having them learn from someone else. It's incredibly challenging and to top it off, I am not a trained educator - so all of those cute activities that flood my Pinterest that I come across can start to become overwhelming to someone who doesn't have a background in this field. I have a ton of respect for teachers, that is for sure!

One thing I am starting to understand and accept is that I am not trained educator (and I'm ok with that) to know how to help my toddler learn and grow, but with the power of Google, Pinterest and lots of mom friends I can totally do this.

After tons of research, chatting with friends and actually sitting down to plan I have some kind of way pulled together lots of fun lesson plan themes that revolve around preschool friendly subjects (blog post to come soon):

  • All About Winter - we learned about the weather, winter animals, locations that are cold and more.

  • Around the World - we traveled to countries in the continents of Africa, Asia and Europe.

  • Exploring the Human Body - we learned about our muscles, bones, brain, blood flow, germs and everything in between.

We are only 2 months into this Preschool journey and I am starting to figure out how to navigate teaching two toddlers of different ages without being completely overwhelmed. It's not easy whatsoever. Every day has a new challenge. But one thing I have learned is that I am not alone in these feelings of difficulty to teach my own toddlers. Heck, if you Google why won’t my child listen to me” you’ll find 250 million results on this question.

Now that we are a year in into this pandemic I feel like I have even more mommas to lean on with these feelings of struggles in this area of being a mom, as so many families have suddenly found yourself facing this daunting task of becoming a teacher, whether you have the credentials or not.

So what I can say as a Professional Stay at Home Mom + (new, unqualified) Preschool Teacher is to take it one day at a time. You are not alone, heck the US Census reported that 93% of families are doing remote learning during this pandemic in someway, shape or form. Try not to let things pile up, it's not worth the stress and know that everything will get done - maybe not first thing in the morning and maybe not by mid-day, evenings are totally acceptable to complete school. And I'll be honest with you, I use to do a majority of my homeschool upbringing at that hour of the day because I worked better in the afternoon/ evenings.

Give yourself some grace, mama. You are doing great! At least that is what I keep telling myself to make it to the next day.

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