Homeschool Activities for a 1 to 2-year-old and Our Daily Schedule plus a Weekly Preschool Schedule

How in the world do we keep little miss occupied so we can get some school work done?

Homeschooling any number of kids can be difficult at times but when you add a baby or toddler to the mix it can get really crazy. Some days are easier than others as she is pretty good at keeping herself entertained but other days she can be extremely clingy and doesn’t want to be ‘left out’. We have to come up with some clever tricks to keep her entertained at times and sometimes we just take turns having someone play with her to keep her happy, although we don’t give in to every little whine or cry because sometimes she will figure out a way to entertain herself without us.

We have the basic routines that we have tried to stick to, even through the rough year that we had last year. During our numerous in-patient stays, I did my best to keep her routine as similar to our home routine as I could. It was difficult but it helped us both tremendously. Big sister also kept the kiddos at home on a regular schedule and that helped keep some of the chaos to a minimum.

Now that we are home and doing well we really had to get a little bit stricter with our routines as we’ve had a lot of adjustments to make. Shyanne missed her big brothers and sisters and they missed her but sometimes they get on each other’s nerves just as all siblings do. It’s a normal part of having a big family but it can lead to many distractions which are not good when we need to get certain things accomplished.

The basic areas we try to include in her daily schedule are:

  • Life Skills/Character Development
  • Language/Communication
  • Math
  • Science/STEM/Sensory
  • PT/OT (Gross/Fine Motor Skills)
  • Art/Music
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Easy Chia Pudding

This recipe is pretty easy to make and I’m sure you could adjust it in many ways to suit your taste. I love that this is full of fiber, protein, and lots of healthy fats that little bodies and brains need!

I’m not sure how long this will keep in the fridge as I need to make a new batch every 3 to 4 days because my kiddos just gobble it up! Little miss loves this for breakfast or a snack.

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The ‘Ten Fingers, Ten Toes’ Book Is a Game Changer!

I have done more than my fair share of research on Down Syndrome and ways to help with development when my older son came into our family. I never expected that ten years later we would be blessed with another very special addition. When we learned of her diagnosis I began researching more and buying more books geared towards babies and younger children.

We all know that our brains and central nervous system dictate all of our functions so I was terrified of her multiple diagnoses and many of the doctors were not very optimistic either. I knew I would need as many tools and resources as I could find to help her reach her full potential.

With certain disabilities like Down Syndrome and Dandy-Walker Malformation, the brain can be adversely affected. Both of these conditions usually cause some degree of developmental delays along with various health issues. The degree of disability will vary from individual to individual so there is no ‘one size fits all’ therapy program to use. When you add in the diagnosis of Hydrocephalus with chromosomal abnormalities and other birth defects there is an even greater chance of severe delays and disabilities.

Even with all of my other research, I’d never even heard of neuroplasticity training before Shyanne was born but I had been doing some research for therapy ideas when I came across this book. (Maybe I had read it somewhere but forgot?) I wish I’d had this book for my first child as I could’ve learned ways to help all of my children with their development.

Ten Fingers Ten Toes Twenty Things Everyone Needs to Know: Neuroplasticity for Children** by Karen Pryor PT DPT Ph.D. 

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Chemo Round 6: Day 1: Final Round!

Chemo Round 6: Day 1: Final Round!

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Blessed Through The Storm

I had written this last month but for some reason it didn’t publish and some of the pics didn’t load correct so I’ll try again!

The past few months have been complete chaos around here. We had just felt like things were getting kind of ‘normal’ when our 9 month old was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia or AML for short.

When one family member gets diagnosed with something like this it feels like the whole family has been diagnosed… it’s been a challenging situation.

Hers was actually caught before it had transitioned to leukemia so she didn’t have any of the common symptoms… you wouldn’t even have known she was sick. In fact, she had just gotten a clean bill of health the day before from her cardiologist and we had celebrated that evening with a dinner.

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Blessed Through The Storm

I had written this last month but for some reason it didn’t publish and some of the pics didn’t load correct so I’ll try again!

The past few months have been complete chaos around here. We had just felt like things were getting kind of ‘normal’ when our 9 month old was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia or AML for short.

When one family member gets diagnosed with something like this it feels like the whole family has been diagnosed… it’s been a challenging situation.

Hers was actually caught before it had transitioned to leukemia so she didn’t have any of the common symptoms… you wouldn’t even have known she was sick. In fact, she had just gotten a clean bill of health the day before from her cardiologist and we had celebrated that evening with a dinner.

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Blessed Through The Storm

I had written this last month but for some reason it didn’t publish and some of the pics didn’t load correct so I’ll try again!

The past few months have been complete chaos around here. We had just felt like things were getting kind of ‘normal’ when our 9 month old was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia or AML for short.

When one family member gets diagnosed with something like this it feels like the whole family has been diagnosed… it’s been a challenging situation.

Hers was actually caught before it had transitioned to leukemia so she didn’t have any of the common symptoms… you wouldn’t even have known she was sick. In fact, she had just gotten a clean bill of health the day before from her cardiologist and we had celebrated that evening with a dinner.

Continue reading “Blessed Through The Storm”

Blessed Through The Storm

I had written this last month but for some reason it didn’t publish and some of the pics didn’t load correct so I’ll try again!

The past few months have been complete chaos around here. We had just felt like things were getting kind of ‘normal’ when our 9 month old was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia or AML for short.

When one family member gets diagnosed with something like this it feels like the whole family has been diagnosed… it’s been a challenging situation.

Hers was actually caught before it had transitioned to leukemia so she didn’t have any of the common symptoms… you wouldn’t even have known she was sick. In fact, she had just gotten a clean bill of health the day before from her cardiologist and we had celebrated that evening with a dinner.

Continue reading “Blessed Through The Storm”

Blessed Through The Storm

I had written this last month but for some reason it didn’t publish and some of the pics didn’t load correct so I’ll try again!

The past few months have been complete chaos around here. We had just felt like things were getting kind of ‘normal’ when our 9 month old was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia or AML for short.

When one family member gets diagnosed with something like this it feels like the whole family has been diagnosed… it’s been a challenging situation.

Hers was actually caught before it had transitioned to leukemia so she didn’t have any of the common symptoms… you wouldn’t even have known she was sick. In fact, she had just gotten a clean bill of health the day before from her cardiologist and we had celebrated that evening with a dinner.

Continue reading “Blessed Through The Storm”

Blessed Through The Storm

I had written this last month but for some reason it didn’t publish and some of the pics didn’t load correct so I’ll try again!

The past few months have been complete chaos around here. We had just felt like things were getting kind of ‘normal’ when our 9 month old was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia or AML for short.

When one family member gets diagnosed with something like this it feels like the whole family has been diagnosed… it’s been a challenging situation.

Hers was actually caught before it had transitioned to leukemia so she didn’t have any of the common symptoms… you wouldn’t even have known she was sick. In fact, she had just gotten a clean bill of health the day before from her cardiologist and we had celebrated that evening with a dinner.

Continue reading “Blessed Through The Storm”

Blessed Through The Storm

I had written this last month but for some reason it didn’t publish and some of the pics didn’t load correct so I’ll try again!

The past few months have been complete chaos around here. We had just felt like things were getting kind of ‘normal’ when our 9 month old was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia or AML for short.

When one family member gets diagnosed with something like this it feels like the whole family has been diagnosed… it’s been a challenging situation.

Hers was actually caught before it had transitioned to leukemia so she didn’t have any of the common symptoms… you wouldn’t even have known she was sick. In fact, she had just gotten a clean bill of health the day before from her cardiologist and we had celebrated that evening with a dinner.

Continue reading “Blessed Through The Storm”

Blessed Through The Storm

I had written this last month but for some reason it didn’t publish and some of the pics didn’t load correct so I’ll try again!

The past few months have been complete chaos around here. We had just felt like things were getting kind of ‘normal’ when our 9 month old was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia or AML for short.

When one family member gets diagnosed with something like this it feels like the whole family has been diagnosed… it’s been a challenging situation.

Hers was actually caught before it had transitioned to leukemia so she didn’t have any of the common symptoms… you wouldn’t even have known she was sick. In fact, she had just gotten a clean bill of health the day before from her cardiologist and we had celebrated that evening with a dinner.

Continue reading “Blessed Through The Storm”