I am not a teacher. I've struggled every day to get my child to sit still and do her work. There's always a reason to her not focusing.
1. "My tummy hurts"
2. "I need a snack" (Mind you she's just had breakfast)
3. The baby is watching Blues Clues so her eyes can't help but see what interest her sister.
4. "I've got to pee"
5. "I'm tired"
6. An endless amount of stretching
7. Let's hit my pencil on the desk and wall
8. "Mom, you should do this instead of that" Thank you boss
9. "Mom, can you think of a sentence for me to write?" X4
10. "My arm, leg, head, back, knee, foot, eye hurts"
My patience...well it's limited. I have to remember that she's been put into a situation that is not her normal and I need to be understanding of it. Yet, I get frustrated when her distraction sets in. Come on baby girl, just do the work.
I've tried to build her schedule based off of her subjects. 30 minute increments. If we get done early, she can take a break. Luckily there's not much of a struggle getting her back to work after break time. But then, we go through the cycle of endless stretching, now the chair is making her butt hurt (she's been dancing around and sitting on couches and pillows during break). My mind is saying "okay mom, you've got this." Then I realize I don't. I call my mom for support and when grandma says do your work. Work gets done.
Lunch time. My savior. The most important break of the day. The girls eat, giggle and watch a movie. I know this is going to end when we get back to school work so I am going to soak it up a bit.
Lunch is over. "Mom, I'm tired, do we have to do this?" Yes, you need to finish your reading, social studies, Spanish, sign language, PE, music time and art. She's in Kinder y'all. By the time "school" is over, we're both mentally exhausted.
Homeschooling has made me appreciate teachers, administrators and the staff that make the world go round. It's not easy. And it's not my thing but I know I have to somewhat provide a normalcy to the girls. I applaud the parents that did this before the pandemic. It takes patience, one that I'm trying to have.
When it's time to send the kids back to school and daycare, I will make sure to love my teachers and love my school. It's true when they say you appreciate the things you don't have. I do realize that by going back, the door is still open to the girls getting sick but I know that as long as I continue to teach them the importance of washing their hands, taking vitamins, covering your face when you cough or sneeze and being careful of the things around them, we're going to make it through this.