The messy and chaotic truths of school at home.

My oldest daughter gets bored of her school lessons quickly sometimes it can be difficult getting her to stick with it and keep going. Throughout the day to spark her interest and supplement more learning activities we often play learning games. Yesterday was a short lesson day therefore we played lots of learning games together.

Learning games means a huge mess and total chaos which is worth it because by playing educational games together it gives me a chance to bridge their age gap in a way where we can enjoy family time. Rather than working with my oldest (age 6 )as my youngest (age 2) runs around getting into everything or watching silly videos on my phone.

My oldest daughter has been difficult to get interested in learning. She has come a long way since we started a structuralized learning approach at home with her for preschool. Although her attention span is better my husband and I still use the learn as you play method with her. If she’s given to many worksheets during a day or feels to pushed into learning she begins to go into a total meltdown that turns a big part of our day into calming her down and sitting back trying to stay calm ourselves as a six year old starts yelling at the top of her lungs. That is why we enjoy playing the “SpringFlower See & Spell Matching Toy” with her because it gets her working on creating words in a way that doesn’t feel to pushy. Also my youngest is able to play along with us learning lowercase letters and color recognition.

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Today I had to work only for a couple of hours because I wanted to make sure I was home by a reasonable time to start school for the day. That’s one of the better parts about school at home is that the schedule is much more flexible. I don’t have to worry about getting her to a physical place and picking her up on time.

The school day started off decent my husband had my daughters up and ready to go by the time I got home. In order to get in a makeshift gym class I brought out stepping stones and alphabet bean bags to get my kids up and moving as they were learning.

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As the day went on it sort spiraled out of control. After we finished lessons for the day our family cat had poop stuck to his fur, he then resorted to brushing it off onto the carpet, the kids bookcase, and the couch. That’s life you end up with more than you planned for and the only option is going with it.

My youngest hanging out on the couch as I cleaned the cushions.

It took an extra hour to put the couches back together because my daughters decided to play with the cushions on the floor, sometimes as an adult its hard to find the enjoyment in the small things because your the one who is doing all the work as they play. I just try to remind myself that not everything has to be rushed and let them just enjoy the simple stuff.

Thanks for visiting LearningWithNanaHedgehog.com. When your having a rough time and feeling as if everyone else has it together and your failing remember kids our kids. They’re most comfortable with their parents and caregivers therefore emotional outbursts are normal and your not failing if the house is a mess and the kids are running all over the place like a robot as my oldest was tonight. It’s normal were all just figuring out this new normal and going with it because that’s life it’s what we all do. No route in life is easy or without complication that’s what makes it worth living.

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