Friday Flashback: Blame it on the Rain?

9 Mar

By Rosanna Ward

This week you can find us at the homeschool blog link-up called “The Homeschool Mother’s Journal” hosted by The Homeschool Chick.

In our homeschool this week… We had one of those days. You know the ones — I’m sure you’ve had them too.

For the most part, I can’t complain. My 7-year-old Joel is pretty easy to direct. He may drag his feet some days about doing his math, but once he is on task, he sits quietly, focuses and gets the job done. And usually once he gets started, he has a good attitude for the rest of the school day.

I am thankful for this, because every once in a while, we have days like today.

Today Joel was bouncing around acting silly from the very beginning. It was our day to study at my sister’s house with her four girls, and, as usual, we made a stop at our donut shop. We started school at about 10 a.m. and by noon, he still wasn’t finished with his math — a subject that usually takes him less than 30 minutes. He just couldn’t — or wouldn’t — sit still.

This in turn kept Elizabeth’s girls distracted and made for a rough teaching day all around. No amount of “direction” — or nagging, blackmail, or bribes — seemed to help. His hyperactivity turned into whining, and it was like I was beating my head against a wall. I finally threw in the towel on math and gave him a book to read — which was fine with him, he likes reading.

By the time we got home, I had a headache and he was still restless and bouncing around. I still don’t know why he was so restless today. Maybe it is the rain.

The question I have this week is… What do you do on days when your kids just won’t settle down? What is the best thing that we as parents/teachers can do on days like today, when nothing we do seems to help focus our students on their tasks? Do we continue to try to force the subject, or do we switch tasks and just realize that our child is having a hard time controlling their actions that day?

On the one hand, I know my child needs to obey and be self disciplined. But on the other hand, I know how hard it is for a 7-year-old to sit still — and some days are just harder than others.

How do you handle these kinds of days?

Rosanna Ward is a devoted wife of 19 years and mother of four children, two of which are currently homeschooled. Her oldest daughter is a homeschool graduate, and her youngest son is a toddler. Rosanna is a homeschool graduate and has been homeschooling for six years. Rosanna loves to study History and Genealogy, and currently resides in Sand Springs, Oklahoma.


One Response to “Friday Flashback: Blame it on the Rain?”

  1. Renee Gotcher March 9, 2012 at 11:37 pm #

    Hi Rosanna! I can’t say I know what it’s like to have a restless 7-year-old boy, but I know there have been plenty of times when my girls have caught the “crazy” bug and all attempts to focus on what I have planned to do seem to fail — the key term there being “I planned.” For me, I think I am learning that it’s OK to switch gears as long as we keep learning on the table. When I have hit a wall with the girls, I try to change it up. We play an educational AND fun game that we all enjoy. We go outside. Or go to the library. Or I just put on a DVD (I try to keep at least one new educational DVD on hand from week to week). I know that eventually we will accomplish those assignments or tasks that I leave behind that day. Sometimes I find that I need the change of pace/scenery just as much as they do.

    I am also learning that there’s a difference between the kids giving an attitude that requires discipline (being sassy or stubborn) and them just not being in the zone for a school activity that requires detail and focus.

    Maybe it was the rain — at least I think so! I know some people love rain, but when it’s gray and gloomy at our house, my girls (and I) all get a little dysfunctional. That’s why we didn’t last in Portland for more than a few years. I’ve also found them particularly squirmy on full moon days… funny!

    I would love to hear what others do!

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