- Keep them close.
While we are schooling I have them work on some quiet activities. You can check out some that I've made here. Most of these were made during desperate moments when I had to find something to keep them busy. I'm planning on making more this summer. We also have a supply of educational toys and activities that they can play with during this time.
- Keep them close...but not too close.
- Naptime is your friend
- But, if your little guys decides to protest his naps, all is not lost!
We use the "Bus Stop" approach. While we were studying magnets, we did an experiment together. Then, while the older ones were writing in their journals about what they observed, he would play with the magnets. He could learn with us, but at his own level. And then I moved on with the older ones.
- You are a Home, not a school.
We like to start our day with Bible, but I know a lot of families who save this for family devotions when Daddy is home. Reading time might work best before bed, when your house is calming down for the night.
Work around naps and take advantage of mealtimes. When they are all sitting still and busy eating lunch I read to them our read-aloud for the week.
I have really struggled with frustration with my little ones. They have a way of making all our plans so much harder! But God has been working on my heart.
When I am really overwhelmed I try to think of this verse.
"...(Jesus said) "Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. I tell you the truth, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it." And he took the children in his arms, put his hands on them and blessed them." Mark 10:13-16
Jesus wants us to welcome and cherish these little ones, not shoo them away (or just park them in front of the TV). They are only little for a short time. I don't want to miss this time because of my agenda. Nothing is more important...especially not schoolwork.