My husband and I want to prepare our kids for real life and real life is tough for people who do things inefficiently. More importantly, we want our kids to do all to the glory of God and we hope that someday they'll be the kinds of adults who make time in their busy schedules for things like Bible study, prayer, serving in the church, and helping out a brother in need. So, my husband suggested assigned seats. Crazy, huh? No more doing homework on the swing set, stretched out on beds, or giggling across from one another at the homeschool table? Well, at least not for now. You know what? It worked.
Mr. Monk has been banished to the upstairs for the majority of his work and Twinkle Toes has the homeschool table to herself. Lest you picture our children languishing in separate cells of a cold, harsh school- prison , let me assure you they still have plenty of togetherness! We still spend an hour all together each morning on Bible/character training/catechism and science, and Measle also listens in when I read aloud to her older siblings. Then there's breakfast, lunch, and dinner, practicing music at Nana's, going to swim team together, and all that free time now that they're finishing school earlier. You get the idea. Together is great, but when it comes to school time, for now we're going with divide and conquer.
How do you keep your kids on track to finish at a reasonable time each day?