I've been homeschooling for five years now. My kids are 10, 8, and 2.5. When my youngest was a baby I wore her, held her, and breastfed her alot during school. Now that she's 2.5 it is a little trickier, though doable. She wants to be doing what we're doing a good part of the time, though usually her attention span for what we are doing is shorter. She has her own whiteboard, three ring binder, and backpack.
The three ring binder has a couple of folders with letter printouts and such for her to color and mark on, and lots of pages inside of page protectors that can be written on with dry erase markers and wiped off. The pages are simple mazes, letters to copy, etc. Then I also used file folder type games, only I printed them on cardstock and placed them inside the page protectors. I don't have a laminator, but this works well. Each page protector holds two games, one on each side and the pieces for each are tucked inside the correct side for that game. These are mostly printed out from the preschool section of filefolderfun.com
. I also have the pdf files for a letter of a week curriculum
I won from this homeschool blogger during a giveaway. I've printed out some of this for her as well.
The backpack has a bunch of simple activities inside of plastic zipper bags. Activities include colorful construction paper I cut in half and folded along with safety scissors, lacing beads, black paper I cut in half and folded along with white chalk, a button collection to admire, ripped pieces of tissue paper and glue stick, colorful paper cut into shapes and glue stick, pom poms to sort, etc, etc! She can pick one activity at a time, the last activity is tidied up before she picks another. Some two year olds would NOT be ready for these activities, even with supervision, but you could fill a bag or box with activities that ARE suitable for your child.
Aside from that she has access to playdough and paint pretty much whenever she wants, crayons, paper, coloring books, colored pencils, markers, oil pastels, paint by water books, etc.
When we are doing Math I always have manipulatives (c-rods, connecting counters, etc) down she can play with, these do however usually end up being tossed when she's bored of them. She has her own chalkboard and felt board (both cheaply homemade). She also has tons of books and toys, blocks, babies, etc, things she will play with on her own for short whiles. I'm not against her playing on starfall.com sometimes or watching an episode of Blue's Clues or listening to a cd. She really mostly hangs with us though. She is pretty good at listening while I read because she loves to be read to anyway. Sometimes she will be a bit distracting though. We do games for phys ed like freeze dance or Simon Says, so she can be part of them. She also likes Songschool Latin, lol.
When we are done with school I try to give her some one on one time with me. Playing, reading, cudling, whatever she wants to do. She also still nurses, so I do nurse her pretty much whenever she wants throughout school. Oh and she hardly ever naps!
I have to wear her out REALLY good for that, lol.