Beware of a five minute break! (From slice of Homeschool Life)

Ask your kids during school hours if they can take only fifteen minutes? Mine makeup. I'm not sure how they came up with the idea that they are right about this (probably the first time they tried it and it worked!) But they insist that a five minute break should be part of every home school day. Lunch and Downturns? No problem. Five minute break? Beware!

So, what's terrible about a little five minute break? The problem is that they somehow change for fifteen minutes or more, and then you find out that in addition to growing longer (by itself), they're also addictive! Yes, first was only a five-minute break a day. But soon the requests changed to "When I finish my math, can I take a five minute break?" "When I'm done with spelling, can I?" And then reading, and on and on. It wouldn't surprise me at least if I opened a teacher's manual and saw the lesson: "Stop now for five minutes." Why not? They seem to be everywhere.

Okay, five minutes is not a lot of time. I realize that. The problem is that children are not . Really. To be allowed a break is to get the key to a magical door to another home: they step into it and hope they will never return. Take my oldest son, for example.

Hunger for the next five-minute "fix" Brian, his big eyes anyway, suddenly takes a beagle ratio and he puts on all the puppies he can collect. (Please, mum, p-eeease, can I take a 5 minute break?) And then five minutes stretching into ten or more, I'm typed into a barrage complaint like, "Oh, when! I just started playing with Matt! It can't be five minutes already! "

ME: Well, that's really fifteen minutes!

BRIAN: (laughingly) Fifteen minutes? Glætan! Glætan!

In spite of his flourishing abilities of telling time, he just can't feel the reality of sixty-one minutes. Somewhere in his mysterious districts, just a seven-year-old brain, he thinks about five minutes in seconds (300 of them) and expects to survive them in years ; What else can you account for his daily baffled expression when I report to him that his time is up?

Once, losing all patience, I made a radical threat of threatening to abolish a five-minute break from our school. My children were immediately in arms:

ME: Where is written that you must have a five-minute break?

They: Mom! Everyone has a five minute break !!

ME: I don't! I never get a break! What about it?

(For some reason, this genius genius never raises anything other than sheepish smile: That's true, but it's the same!)

Of course, I take a break. I nursing the baby when she's ready for it, but I continue in the classroom card – just close enough to keep my stream off "Okay, no more talking!" That is enough! did you finish all those spelling words? Kaitlin, I thought you were reading !! "[It seems closer to the end of the school year, the more my children suddenly have to say to each other at the school table. With something, the more they pull it out.]

Are you think that our methods are not fun enough, that the school should not be such that children can not wait to get away from it? I agree, I just did not calculate, but how to complete all the requirements [19659002] Maybe in some of the ideals of the world (and perhaps in some ideals at home), it's & ############################### ################################################## / 11/10 39, is always fun, but that is not the case in my experience or in our school, my kids show me that they enjoy learning from all the unexpected queries they make, reading them, and so on, encouraging natural curiosity with the right workforce, but not try a subdue them in areas where they are not natural states.

Until I reach the right I just need to live with a five-minute break. Only now do I set an hour!

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