You would think after all these years that I’ve been homeschooling I would know all the tricks to getting little ones to behave during school time. Well I don’t. (smile)
My last little one, Laffy Taffy, was an easy going child, he was happy to play by himself, close to us, but happily occupied with this toys. I really enjoyed doing Tot School with him because for about 30 minutes everyday he would attentively and happily learn what ever I was teaching him and then be content to play until the rest of us were done.
Enter Marshmallow Taffy. She is loud. She is MOODY. She is NOT content to play by herself and 30 minutes of my individualized time is NOT enough. I’m not really sure how our next year will go with her in the school room. She doesn’t understand that if Mama is talking (reading out loud) that she should be quiet, instead, hearing my voice makes her want to say, “mom. MOM! Mommy! Mom!!!! MOOOOOOOOMMY!” Louder and louder, with more and more drama and energy. You would think the poor thing is completely neglected. That’s so far from the truth…but still, it does pose a problem.
So this is what I’m praying through. Praying for wisdom in how to deal with her. How to actually teach her to be quiet, or at least quieter during school time. I can’t do all of school during nap time. I would love to hear how you deal with difficult children during school time. There might be nothing I can do…I might just have to grin and bear it until she’s older and understands more. I’m not sure. It does teach all the other children patience. It teaches us all how to be gracious and it also allows more of my ugly impatientness to be dealt with. Many little eyes watching Mama, what will she do? How will she respond?
The Battle is the Lord’s,