Learning What Works

We are so, so, so off balance here this week.  We’ve added The Queen Bee to our homeschooling mix last week and we are trying to find out what works for all of us, what will make our day flow.  Currently, we have no flow.  Just a dizzying array of stops and starts and chaos and interruptions.

This is complicated by the fact that Love Bug has a new desire to eat constantly all morning long.  Literally, every half hour or so, he is tugging on my arm, saying, “I show you somesing.”  Which means, he wants me to follow him into the kitchen, where he will go back and forth between the pantry, the fridge and the fruit bowl demanding food but rejecting all selections.  Finally, he will settle on something and I’ll go back to whatever I was doing with The Queen Bee or Firefly but before you know it, HE’S BACK.  JavaMom, my friend and a very patient mommy, suggested giving him a bunch of containers of different snacks that he can play with or eat.  So that is what we did today, although we were out and about and he was sufficiently distracted, so we’ll see how it goes tomorrow.

The Queen Bee enjoys homeschooling. She is eager to get started each day, clearly enjoys learning and stays on task. So what on earth am I complaining about?  Well…..the problem is, she wants Mommy all the time,  “doing school” with her.  She will work on a task by herself but if she finishes it or gets stuck and needs help, she does not want to wait. She wants Mommy now.

Firefly, on the other hand, is not used to having to share so much of his school time with her, and he too wants Mommy now. Between the two of them yelling, “MOMMYYYYYYYYYY!” every 2 minutes and Love Bug’s tugging, “I show you somesing!”  I am exhausted, not to mention extremely low in the patience department.  Oh, and it does not help that it is winter and very cold and we have been stuck inside.  My kids don’t do well with stuck inside in the winter.

So, not wanting to repeat all of that from last week, we are getting out and about more this week.  If I try and get them out in the morning, then the rest of the day seems to go more smoothly.  Firefly is ready to settle into his schoolwork and the younger two delve into their toys upon returning home, Mommy feels like we actually got something accomplished and all is right with the world.

And we have started to move away from the Monday through Friday only for school related stuff.  It is a million times easier and about ten times faster to do math with Firefly when The Husband takes the younger two kids out of the house.  In fact, not only can we get a math lesson finished but we can also catch up on phonics and get through several exciting chapters of our read-aloud book. So Mom is learning to relax a bit during the day and look for opportunities in the evenings and on weekends to delve into the deeper work with Firefly.  At least he can do his handwriting stuff on his own.  Once he is reading proficiently, this should be so much easier. Right?  Right? That is my hope.

I am also trying to seize more opportunities to learn “outside” of our classroom.  Hey, remember, I’m new at this. I am learning.  The Queen Bee started her gymnastics class today and lo and behold, what did the boys and I discover in the upstairs part of the community center?  A track! And it was deserted.  Yes! We went round and round.  Firefly did 7 laps at full speed. We calculated that he ran 3/4 of a mile. Then we clocked 3/4 of a mile on the way home in the car to compare how long that truly was.  Then we made a track with yarn to show the length of the lanes and how the inside lane is shorter, the outside lane longer. Next week we will see if we can do a mile. I am so excited!  Exercise to get the wiggles out and math.  And The Queen Bee gets to do gymnastics. We all win!

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4 Responses to Learning What Works

  1. Theresa says:

    My problems are different, but the same sort of chaotic unproductive activity abounds here as well.

  2. Natalie says:

    Nice post – chaos reins here too, especially with this weather trapping us! I just wanted to say we do exactly what you are moving too – Saturday and Sunday are usually school days for us . . . because DH can take the 2 year old (or vice versa). It works for now, and with a 2 year old in the house, “works” isn’t all that easy to come by! Ha! 🙂

    Love what you did with the track. Keeping that in the back of my mind for the right occassion!

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