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I've reworked our schedule so the kids do all their sit-down work in a two hour block in the afternoon. While Katy is napping. It is sooo much easier....really just a hundred times better. She is quite the handful, and I didn't know how much more of the screaming and getting into all the school stuff I could take. Plus I didn't think it was fair to the other kids. How can they concentrate with someone literally screaming in their ear? So now I just need everyone to cross your fingers that Katy continues to take good naps all year. Maybe I will try schooling in the mornings again next year when she is three. For right now the afternoons is where it is at though. We spent a lovely morning outside reading books, riding bikes, and blowing bubbles. Just an improvement all around.
I'm glad you found something that works for you! I'm thinking about planning the bulk of DD's schooling for when the younger kids are napping, and just doing crafts and other things that DS can be involved in during the mornings when he's up, but I'm still a bit undecided.
Glad it's working for you! That's what we used to do, too ... the stuff that didn't require a lot of attention was done in the morning, and the stuff that did, could be done in the afternoon while D was napping. We still have "quiet time" in the afternoons even without naps. The kids have to read books or whatever.
We had quiet time too, and I hate that I had to give that up. That's when I got a lot of my housework done, plus got a little break to recharge before the rest of the day. Doing school in the morning with Katy just wasn't working though.
I was thinking about going this route too but DS just concentrates better in the morning hours. I've been letting DD (20 months) color and play with the playdoh while I do his math and reading. It does get hard though. i'm trying to think of other things to distract her during our lesson.
I had this issue last yr with my 1 y/o. She just turned two last week so I'm hoping she doesn't interfere as much this yr. I think you have a good idea though with doing the bulk during naptime. and I should try that. Also, I like the playdough idea and I should check pinterest out.