It's an earned privilege for our 2 y.o. (and all our toddlers - I have two four year olds too) to be at the table and not interrupt too much... :) when they get disruptive they lose the privilege. I put a chair in the doorway of our "school room" aka dining room table as a reminder that school time is important and the kids need to cooperate to learn. She also knows that we want her with us and "isn't it sad that you can't be with us at the table, we really want you in here but you have to act right. We'll try again in a little bit."bristowschool wrote:We are doing MFW 1st with our first grader and ECC with our 4th grader. We also have a 20 month old boy who is quite rambunctious and spirited. I am having a really hard time getting the school work done with him around.
I've tried to move school to his nap time, but that doesn't leave me any time to get anything done without him getting into trouble. I have tried to set him up with a tv show that he loves, activities with us at the table, coloring/painting, puzzles etc. If he sits at the table with us, then he throws the toys or crayons at the kids while they are working. If I try to read with them on the couch he is climbing over us and won't sit still for the story, but also won't leave us alone if I set him up with something else.
Help!! How do those of you with toddlers do this?
Is it frustrating? YES - to everyone. But your 20m.o. will learn to respect school time. I'd say at the beginning of the school year (and some days are better than others) it took a month or so for her and the other little ones to figure out what an important time school is and when they don't interrupt so much we get done sooner. I'll tell them they get school one-on-one when we get done or the big kids have a break. For her I'll read her a book (one of her choice and one of mine - and that's school). Then the 4y.o.s I spend maybe 5-10 minutes each with them in a workbook... Playdough really works well too during school time.
Sorry, a little long winded. Be encouraged. They will grow out of it! Then we'll be sad they get big so fast! Just my 2cents