Our 2nd & 3rd days of school have passed. Yesterday did not go so well, today went much better.
On Tuesday (Day 2), Nathan was much more hyper than usual and started out the day just being incredibly jumpy & active. He would not stand still for the Pledge of Allegiance even though I promised he could hold the flag if he did (he loves to hold the flag.) Then we moved onto to Phonics class. We are working on I as in “i” in Indian. He basically already knows that, so it is mainly a review, but as I’ve said previously reviews are important & I am sticking with the lesson plans.
In the meantime, while I am trying to teach an already hard-to-focus Nathan, Emily was not appreciating the lack of attention on her and very loudly & disruptively making her presence known. Even though I made her her very own crayon box with lots of stickers (which she loves), she had her own A Beka school books, and I gave her a special Melissa & Doug shape puzzle which she hasn’t seen in months so it’s like a new toy to her. None of that was working. She wanted to climb on the table and play with “Na-Na’s” (her pet name for Nathan) stuff.
So after approximately 10 minutes of various activities all emphasizing I as in “i”and desperately attempting to drill it into Nathan’s head, I asked him “So what does i say?”
Nathan: “Um, a?….umm, I don’t know….”
I could have just cried! After stopping to pray for a moment because I was so very frustrated, I knew it would be better to pause school for a little while so I could take some time to pray & calm down versus showing my frustrations to the kids. I sent Nathan & Emily outside to pray & I called my mom.
She was wonderful. She said “Honey, I can guarantee you that just about every homeschooling mother out there who has small children at home has dealt with this.”
She went on to comfort me that she went through the exact same thing with all of us growing up, that it is always challenging to get small children onto a new schedule, that it is an adjustment, but they WILL get used to it, and things WILL get easier. She encouraged me to stand firm, to keep trying, and that this too shall pass. And most of all that this doesn’t make me a bad, incompetant mother or teacher!
Thank God and thank you, dear Mom!
That was exactly what I needed to hear to be able to pick up and go on.
After I finished talking with her, we resumed our school session. I was more firm with Emily – refusing to let her sit on the bench next to Nathan. She had her own seat to sit on and I insisted on that. She eyed me rather warily, but after the first couple of times where she protested, she did obey. Nathan was a little more focused and the remainder of our kindergarten school day went by much more smoothly. After that, I took the kids out for a walk around the neighborhood, which always helps to make me feel better – and helps release some of Nathan’s boundless energy out too.
Today was better. School went much more smoothly & I think they kids are already starting to adjust to the new routine. Nathan even remembered “I says ‘i” “!!! Apparently Daddy got up with him early for breakfast (unbeknownst to me) and quizzed him too. Nathan couldn’t remember it then and told Daddy “My brain isn’t working now, Daddy.” The things kids come up with. If only I could just say “Oh, sorry, my brain isnt’ working today. I’m checking out of my ‘to-do-list’ today!” Lol.