Usually we do school in the afternoon when Josiah naps because he’s just so busy that he ends up distracting the kids and myself. Now that he hasn’t been napping consistently though, I’ve been having to rethink our school time approach.
I had tried to involve him in our school time before but it always ended up in tantrums and frustration. I decided to try again though, now that it’s been several months. Maybe he’s matured a bit?
Instead of doing school in the living room like we usually do, I had everyone set up at the table. We’ve done this for only 3 days so far but it hasn’t gone too badly. I tried to keep Josiah busy with puzzles and paper and crayons. This kept his attention for a couple of minutes, but I’m going to have to find something that will keep him busy for a bit longer.
Annie did well keeping on task with her work pages. When she finished, I gave her some glue and scrap papers to have fun with.
I think Tobi was able to concentrate better sitting in the kitchen though, even though he’d always said he’d prefer to be in the living room.
Sorry for the bad quality of the photos..my phone doesn’t have the best camera.
We’ll try this for a bit longer. I don’t think I’ll require Josiah to sit in the kitchen if he’s busy elsewhere, but if he wants to join us then he can sit with us. I also don’t think that we’ll only use the kitchen for school work, especially since the chalkboard is in the living room, but I guess I’ll just have to figure out what will work for us!
Where do you do school in your house?