I know this topic has been discussed before...and I've asked questions in the past, but I need to work through this issue! :)
Ok, so I have a 7yo, 5 1/2 yo and 2 1/2 yo My youngest makes schooling very difficult. I think I'm coming to the realization that the best time to do school is during his nap time after lunch. Everything inside me absolutely hates this idea. I'm a morning person, and LOVE to get up, get our morning chores/breakfast done and then start school. The later in the day it gets, the less motivated I am to do school. Usually during his naptime, I have the older two do a quiet time. This gives me a hour or two of uninterrupted time to either clean, or do other things that need to be done (and a chance to take a breath!). If I do school during naptime, I will be giving up that portion of my day! I'm fighting against it...but I don't see any other way of doing school without continual interruptions. My little one does play well alone at times..it's just that I dont' know when it will happen! :) Yes, I've tried giving him things to do, and activities...but it doesn't always work too well.
Anyone else out there going through this? If I change my school time to the afternoon, I need to completely reschedule my mornings. I don't know what to do in the mornings. I can't let it be 100% free play, as that usually leads to arguing between my kids. When they have long periods of unstructured play time, they tend to get in more trouble. KWIM?
So, I need some encouragment!! I have to completely change my thoughts about my day, and was hoping some of you have had to make this same adjustment so you can tell me what worked for you! I'm looking forward to the time when I can school in the mornings, but I just don't see that happening till my youngest is a little older.
Thanks for any help in this!!