A day of learning. Reminding myself that it’s ok to take breaks and enjoy the moment.

This week has been a struggle to keep my Kindergartener focus. Often when she feels overwhelmed she lashes out and refuses to finish her school lessons. Therefore today we took many breaks between her school lessons and added filler lessons of our own that allowed her some free expression. Art tends to help my daughters regain their focus and allow them to express themselves. After my daughter completed her Art requirements I allowed both my daughters to choose what they wanted to make, and what they would like to use for their art work. Today we used watercolors and dot markers.

My oldest daughters (age 6) artwork.

When finished I asked my daughter to tell me about her artwork. She explained to me that it was inspired by shapes.

My oldest daughter (age 6) artwork.

The above art piece she informed me was rainbow fingerprints with tadpoles and lily pads.

My youngest (age 2) artwork.

When finished I asked her to tell me about the painting. She had told me it was a dinosaur. Although her older sister had helped point out to her that it looked like a dinosaur. In which they decided it was a dinosaur climbing.

My children’s take on gym class.

As like many things gym class at home isn’t quite the same as a traditional gym class in school. I set timers throughout the day in which we spend 15-30 minutes at a time to devote to physical education. My daughter’s grab jump ropes, agility ladders and run around from one activity to the next. Sometimes we just dance, other times they jump on our indoor trampoline. Often they create obstacle courses. Today they played with jumps ropes, danced, and spent some time on the trampoline.

Songs we often listen to during dance time…
See it Say it Sign it by Jack Hartmann
Count to 120
Count 1-20
Days of the Week
The Floor is Lava
Gummy Bear Song

Making snowballs.
Outdoor time

We took a break outside before finishing my oldest daughters last school lesson for the day. I’ve learned it’s ok to take breaks and taking our time is fine. Rushing her only makes her more upset and causes it to take longer to get through lessons. Therefore we just spend the day as everything we do is a learning experience. Life is often taken so seriously and we forget to just enjoy the process enjoy life. Wrapped up in the notion of what everything must look like rather than enjoying each day.

When we got back inside our cat threw up on the trampoline. Pushing the urgency of finishing my daughters last lesson further back. As I cleaned up the mess, with my daughters screaming eww gross in the background. My oldest said “it sounded like he pooped.” Which I replied “No definitely throw up a hair ball.” Again learning at home is different than sending kids off to school in which they’re in an environment with other children their age learning at their level. At home there’s always random hiccups throughout the day.

At home with kids at different educational levels it can often be a struggle trying to find activities engaging and appropriate for both. Through all that though being able to spend extra time with my kids and having an opportunity to be a part of their learning process rather than sending them off to school feels rewarding. Even though most days are spent in chaos trying to keep my kids on track and focused. As my husband often states the most important thing is focusing on what’s going on right now not what will happen next. Reminding myself of that throughout the day it reminds me to enjoy the moment although crazy and chaotic if I focus on the moment with my daughters eventually tomorrow will come and yesterday wasn’t a waste they learned something no matter how small or simple.

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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.