Age 5-7 notify me

Occupying younger siblings

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tej c
oviedo, FL
3/28/2015
I'm hoping some of you can help me brainstorm ideas. My advanced 4yo is ready to start MBTP 5-7 now, i believe. We just did a sample lesson and it kept his attention for a full hour. The problem is, my just-turned-2 year old is very needy, and its tough to keep her occupied long enough to sit down and do a full lesson with him. She's really obsessed with TV so i am trying to very much limit it. I'm almost thinking about starting her in preschool so that he can get some one-on-one time to do his work.... the other alternative is to just wait until the fall (when i was planning on starting him with K anyway) to start and hope she is less needy by then.
i know there are families with more kids than i have and they do just fine - so i must be missing something!
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alison d
kent, WA
3/31/2015
I have a bunch of sensory bins and busy bags i put together for my almost two year old. They only come out during school and seem to occupy her for a good chunk of the time. I also give her lap books with stickers and crayons and tell her to do her school work, she has a lot of fun. My older daughter also understands that sometimes I have to attend to her sister (she is four)
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tej c
oviedo, FL
4/19/2015
Thanks for the input!
i think we are just going to take it easy this summer and then start MBTP in the fall when we begin K
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tej c
oviedo, FL
8/16/2015
We ended up postponing starting any HSing until later this month. We decided to enroll our 2yo in a 2day/wk preschool so i can focus on school with the almost 5yo. He is going to co-op 2 days a week so MBTP units will take us 5 weeks instead of 3.
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Carolyn L
San Leandro, CA
8/27/2016
How did that work?
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tej c
oviedo, FL
8/27/2016
not well, LOL. we actually ended up shelving MBTP in favor of other materials. I now include the 3yo in our lessons, she is free to stay with us as she pleases but then I have bins of special toys for her that only come out during homeschool time. I have a bin for each day of the week. that seems to work well
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Carolyn L
San Leandro, CA
8/28/2016
I have five kids age ranging 3-14 yrs and truly not easy. I wake up at 5 am and work with my 12 yrs old who needs a lot of handholding. By 7-8am the younger boys wake up slowly and I start working with 7yrs old at 9 am while 3 yrs old has ABA therapy. You need something like read this book, short discussion, act it out, make things related with playdough, make felt people or sets, more crafts for all the kids, less worksheets , more songs, make an obstacle course with little ones. My littles ones never could sit still
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Carolyn L
San Leandro, CA
8/28/2016
Or build scene with blocks and Legos
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Megan B
Fort Meade, MD
9/25/2016
I'm going to be in this same boat next year :( my daughter is extremely needy and my boys will be in 5-7 and 7-9. BUT we haven't had too many issues so far this year as she likes to listen to the stories and watch them do projects. While they do independent work I play with her and we have some sensory toys that keep her distracted.
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Katherine T
Chestertown, MD
6/14/2017
What do you put in you sensory/busy bins? I have a busy 2 year old as well, and am looking for tips To keep him occupied while I work with his siblings
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alison d
kent, WA
6/15/2017
I put any number of things, packing peanuts, colored rice, other items that might be fun.

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