Hello everyone! It's been a while since I've been on the forum, but today is kind of an emergency. My 4 1/2 yo dd is literally driving me crazy. She won't stop fidgeting! She's been joining us for school for a while now, and does really well with poetry recitation and Scripture memorization. She's also over half-way through Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons, and is doing awesome! But during the lessons, it's all I can do to get her to sit still. Even if she finally pays attention, she's wiggling her toes or playing with her feet on the bottom of the coffee table. Today, she was fascinated by the drawstring on her pants and wouldn't stop playing with it.
I wouldn't have started her with school this early, but she was really interested and begged to start reading. She has caught on so quickly, and if I can get her to stay focused for even 5 minutes, she reads almost as well as my 6 yo. Just a few minutes ago, I was struggling to keep her attention, so I told her she needed to go to her room because I wasn't going to fight with her anymore. She was really upset.
I don't understand why she gets so upset if I tell her she's finished but won't keep still and just do her reading. She always receives tons of praise after finishing a lesson, so why can't she seem to get through one without a fight? Should I just stop trying to teach her now? Is she too young?
By the way, she's been a fidgeter her entire life. She never stays still for longer than a few minutes. I am reading Laying Down the Rails in an effort to cultivate her habit of attention, but I'm still not doing a very good job I guess. If you have any helpful advice, I would really appreciate it!