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    How to advance when child is easily overwhelmed?

    E (6-1/2 DD) has been sleeping horribly the past couple of weeks and we just realized it started when we got more consistent with doing daily school work. I’m not sure if this is an overwhelm issue or a schedule change one but I suspect the former because her sleep always worsened last year when I would try to have her do more than one page in each subject. Has anyone else dealt with this? All she’s doing currently is one page of Core Skills, her daily SC spelling activity, and a Moose Moments story (or part of one; we do team reading and/or guided reading as needed and work on the same story for several days). Other than 10 minutes of eye/OT exercises, that’s it. I don’t know how I’m going to add math back in come January.
    Jennifer
    Blog: [url]www.seekingdelectare.com[/url]

    DS16
    MP: Lit 10, VideoText Algebra
    MPOA: High School Comp. II
    HSC: Spanish I, Conceptual Physics, Modern European History, and electives

    DS15
    MP: Biology, Lit 10, VideoText Algebra, Greek Tragedies
    MPOA: High School Comp. II, Fourth Form Latin
    HSC: Modern European History

    DS12
    7M with:
    Second Form Latin, EGR III, and HSC for US History

    DS11
    SC Level 4

    DD9
    3A, with First Form Latin (long story!)

    DD7/8
    Still in SC Level 2

    DD 4/5
    SC Level C

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    Re: How to advance when child is easily overwhelmed?

    Hi, Jen. Does she do everything in one session, or are these lessons spread out over the entire day and possibly causing her to worry about them? Sometimes it can help to have a set start/stop time.

    She is only 6-1/2. This is little. Maybe she needs to see a visual representation of her day. For example, if she knows that 9-10:30am is her work time, you can show her that 10:30-11:30 is her play time, 11:30-12:00 is her chore time, 12:00 is lunch, and then she listens to stories, enjoys crafts, or whatever else you do in the afternoons.

    Also, make sure everyone is having some fun each day. This can lighten the general tone of the home. Maybe you can insert a family game, family walk, trip to the library, or whatever she enjoys. If she has a little friend who can come over in the afternoon -- or if she can go to her house -- this will help immediately to shift her mindset from "all work and no play."

    Fwiw, December is always a challenge here. We find it helpful not to decorate, put out gifts, listen to lively carols, or do anything other than our simple Advent wreath most of December. We minimize schooling just like you have done. Then when December 21 or 22 comes along, we set aside school work for the rest of the year, began wrapping, decorating, baking, etc. For us January then feels "fresh" like September, and we are ready to tackle a heavier load.

    Also, in the winter we find that my daughter benefits from warm milk & molasses before bed. She goes to bed earlier because it is dark earlier, and this helps to give her some calm before lights out.

    I hope something here helps!

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      #3
      Re: How to advance when child is easily overwhelmed?

      She only works for about 45 minutes (all at once) and then plays the rest of the day so I never thought about her feeling like it’s all work and no play. But all the big kids in the house are focused on work all morning and then I’m focused on work all afternoon. So maybe she’s picking up on that as well.

      I’ll give the visual schedule a try. She’s also been complaining of boredom. Maybe it would help that too.
      Jennifer
      Blog: [url]www.seekingdelectare.com[/url]

      DS16
      MP: Lit 10, VideoText Algebra
      MPOA: High School Comp. II
      HSC: Spanish I, Conceptual Physics, Modern European History, and electives

      DS15
      MP: Biology, Lit 10, VideoText Algebra, Greek Tragedies
      MPOA: High School Comp. II, Fourth Form Latin
      HSC: Modern European History

      DS12
      7M with:
      Second Form Latin, EGR III, and HSC for US History

      DS11
      SC Level 4

      DD9
      3A, with First Form Latin (long story!)

      DD7/8
      Still in SC Level 2

      DD 4/5
      SC Level C

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        #4
        Re: How to advance when child is easily overwhelmed?

        Is one of your four older boys a "gentle soul" who might play with her daily? We find that just one 15-minute game with someone (either my son, husband, or me) makes a big difference in loneliness/boredom/restlessness.

        If the gentle older sibling is not a game player, maybe he could play pretend with her, read her a story, etc. Anything low-prep, high-attention can be good to include daily (or at least from time to time).

        You might also assign your 6yo a special role, such as playing with her 3yo sister for 20 minutes, sharpening pencils for the older students, helping to prep lunch, or whatever she might find enjoyable. Just one extra responsibility each day might brighten her outlook.

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          #5
          Re: How to advance when child is easily overwhelmed?

          Originally posted by cherylswope View Post
          Is one of your four older boys a "gentle soul" who might play with her daily? We find that just one 15-minute game with someone (either my son, husband, or me) makes a big difference in loneliness/boredom/restlessness.

          If the gentle older sibling is not a game player, maybe he could play pretend with her, read her a story, etc. Anything low-prep, high-attention can be good to include daily (or at least from time to time).

          You might also assign your 6yo a special role, such as playing with her 3yo sister for 20 minutes, sharpening pencils for the older students, helping to prep lunch, or whatever she might find enjoyable. Just one extra responsibility each day might brighten her outlook.
          Headphones with classical music on and jigsaw puzzles are our current go to’s when things get testy here. It’s engaging but not over-taxing. And it’s fairly educational.
          Boy Wonder: 10, MP2/SC4 (Special Needs)
          Joy Bubble: 8, MP2 (Special Needs)
          Snuggly Cowboy: 6, MPK
          Sweet Lightness: 2, Reverse-Engineering Specialist

          “Have no fear of moving into the unknown. Simply step out fearlessly knowing that I am with you, therefore no harm can befall you; all is very, very well. Do this in complete faith and confidence.”
          ~Pope St John Paul II

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            #6
            Re: How to advance when child is easily overwhelmed?

            Anita, is your oldest back to homeschooling now?

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              #7
              Re: How to advance when child is easily overwhelmed?

              Originally posted by LillianinAl View Post
              Anita, is your oldest back to homeschooling now?
              No, Lillian Just passing along some calming techniques that also keep one busy. My oldest loves his headphones because it drowns out distracting sounds that make him irritable.
              Boy Wonder: 10, MP2/SC4 (Special Needs)
              Joy Bubble: 8, MP2 (Special Needs)
              Snuggly Cowboy: 6, MPK
              Sweet Lightness: 2, Reverse-Engineering Specialist

              “Have no fear of moving into the unknown. Simply step out fearlessly knowing that I am with you, therefore no harm can befall you; all is very, very well. Do this in complete faith and confidence.”
              ~Pope St John Paul II

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