Just a preamble to this post:
I love my children and they are really fantastic, but they are very normal children. This post is about our No 2 son who is 6. He is actually a really great kid, he is loving and caring and never cuts short the hugs or kisses. So here goes….
I must admit I am struggling at the moment with schooling. Our no 2 son is giving me a run for my money and is really trying my patience (which isn’t my greatest gifting at the best of times).
It is probably because he is such a goer. He runs everywhere and just wants to get outside to his tadpoles and the likes. He scratches, and sings, and hums and so on before even looking at his books. He can ask a variety of questions (all in a very short period of time) that don’t relate to any schooling he is looking at.
Some of these questions are:
- What’s for lunch mum (this is usually asked about 1/2 an hour after breakfast);
- Mum did hell create sickness (this was this mornings – I had to be careful how I answered this);
- Are we going to town today;
- When will Dad be home;
and so on and so on, you can see a pattern here!!!
He can sit over a maths lesson for over an hour (I’m actually being very generous here!!!)
I am sure he is not unusual in homeschooling circles but he is challenging. I am encouraging him in his reading and trying to explain how the world will open up to him once his reading improves, and he says that he understands this – but the outdoors just call him.
He loves playing the piano and is very good at it too, so practice for that isn’t too big an issue. He can even sit still during the 1/2 hour of his lesson (much to his teachers amazement).
His older brother was the same but my memory doesn’t go back far enough to remind me how I dealt with it.
Don’t get me wrong, he is fantastic outside and helps his father a great deal. His sister and him get in the cows for milking, he brings in our wood, he will take rubbish away for me without complaint. He just can’t settle down and concentrate on his school work.
If anyone can give me any ideas on getting one very active boy to sit still and concentrate – I would be very grateful.