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9/8/15 11:20 P

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Wow! I've never had this exact problem. I do try to snuggle and read with my little ones before I start with my bigger ones. And when I'm doing "school" with my 5- and 6-year old boys, I always have crayons and a "schoolbook" (usually from the dollar store!) there for my 2-year-old. Then we all do school together, and I take turns paying attention to the various children. (More like a one-room school-house than tutoring one-on-one.) I have to say, though, that today it didn't work so well because the boys didn't think they really wanted to do school work. So it was a little chaotic. Which is why I phoned my husband to ask him to stop for a sweet treat on his way home for the people who really worked hard today. . . (we'll see if it had any effect tomorrow!!) I wonder if you could do a combo for your daughter. First, do something just with her. Then, while you're working with your son, say, "We're all doing school work now. Here's yours," so she feels included. And then, say, "if you sit here for some minutes without interrupting, I'll give you some raisins." (Or whatever works.) Schoolwork could be something she can do on her own, like scribbling in a coloring book, or simple puzzles or whatever she likes to play with that you set aside for school time. If you come up with a different solution, let me know. I'm always looking for new ideas!

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8/31/15 4:57 P

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Hi everyone! We started our homeschooling year today and an interesting problem that I never encountered popped up today. Even when we do work over the summer (to try to stay in a routine), the transition is always a bit strange for the kiddos because my husband is a public school teacher- so suddenly he is out of the house, usually before they wake up. I thought I would pick your brain on my "struggle"...

The last two years my youngest had "worksheets" to do when I was helping her brother and I was able to share my time with both children. When he was working independently, her and I would read, play, or whatever. This year, she still enjoys her preschool work, but cannot handle when I am helping her brother. Every time him and I started something today, she immediately needed something from me- even though I checked with her before we started! When I was not helping him, she had no interest in interacting with me.

It is an attention thing. Any ideas for helping her feel content before we start our school? Any ideas for engaging her when she does not want me (even though I know she will as soon as we start something)? And thank you for letting me pick your brains. I am sure once we get our new routine set, she will adjust, but I want to meet her needs, too.

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