So I need some advice. I am running into a few issues our first year homeschooling. I am finding #1 That my 7 yr olds brain can only focus so long on school work before it shuts down. About 2 hrs is all he can handle. But I am finding most days I can't get everything done in this amount of time. My first thought was to drop it and come back. But if we do that its always worse. Its like he has a time between breakfast and lunch to work and otherwise he just can't keep focus. So I dont know what I should do. I dont want to push him because he is doing so well as far as not having complete melt downs like he did in public school. And he isn't getting upset with himself (unless I try to push him past the point where his brain has already shut down) I just don't know if I should just do what we can do and not stress if it doesn't all get done in a day or what? For example...today we got English, Spelling, and Writing done. When we tried to move to math and I asked him what 1-1 was. And he couldn't come up with the answer, I KNEW it was time to call it quits LOL. Ok..and here is my other concern. I also am trying to homeschool my almost 4 yr old. He seems very anxious to learn and loves the one on one attention. I found very quickly he could only do work for about 30 min at best. How do you ladies work with different age children? Do you do it all at the same time? Or do you come up with something for one while working with the other? Neither of my children will do work without me standing over them LITERALLY. So I dont know what to do to occupy one while I work with the other. I have a 2 yr old as well so I am kinda lost LOL
Kinda OT from homeschooling to. I have been frustrated with myself and the way I am handling my almost 4 yr old. He seems to ALWAYS be in trouble. And he thrives on it. It honestly makes me want to send him to school because I feel like I am missing some kind of structure maybe he can get there. But he is SUPER smart. Probably too smart for his own good LOL. And he knows he is adorable which is part of the problem. But through out the day schooling or not he wants to do things wrong. I know its to get attention and I try to ignore the bad and praise the good but I dont see it make a difference. He will for example climb and jump off something after I tell him not to. Or break something, or touch something, etc after I just say no. And he has this crappy grin like I am too cute on his face when he does it. I kinda feel like I am losing my mind with him. I mean he isn't a horrible child. Or completely out of control. I just feel like I am not correcting him correctly LOL or not giving him the attention he needs. Does anyone have a child like this? or have ideas, activities, ect that may help. My first son had hearing loss until he was 3 1/2 he was a child will needs much different thing my second son. My oldest never understood what he did wrong, he didn't do things wrong on purpose. So its really hard for me to understand a son who purposely is breaking the rules just to get the attention. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. And I am sorry I know its not really homeschool related but I figured some of you may have experienced these type of kiddos. Thanks again
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