Stealthy Teaching Equals Learning in my house. This is the first year I am homeschooling all my Bees and it can be a chaotic, hair-pulling mess sometimes. I love those kids but man, they know how to push my buttons.
Bubba, the oldest, is always finding a reason or excuse, to not do his work. It’s usually the same ole “I’m thirsty”, “I’m going to the bathroom”, or “I’m tired”. Those are the three I get all the time. It’s annoying.
Rea loves to do work and will complete an entire week in one day if I let her. She’s still young enough to care.
As for the baby, KB, well the joke is on me. I thought she was going to fit right in and do the work like her sister. Nope. She doesn’t even give me excuses. She just flat-out doesn’t do the work when I want her to. It makes me want to scream. Here’s where I have to be tricky and where Stealthy Teaching Equals Learning.
KB has Apraxia and I forget that most days. She has come so far in her journey to speak that Apraxia is far from my mind. It wasn’t until the other day that Marty stopped me. He reminded me that she doesn’t process information like the other two do and I need to take my time. I needed to find a way to get her to pay attention without paying attention.
We sat down on the floor with IKEA’s bead and mat toy, the Pyssla set. She would work on a design and I would work on helping her learn her ABC’s. Yes, she is delayed. No, it isn’t because she is homeschooled. I’m proud that KB is finally saying the sounds and blends for words and can say the letters. It’s amazing to hear.
For us, stealthy learning is keeping their hands occupied with one thing while teaching! I must admit it worked for her. She now knows her ABC’s even though she may forget them from time to time.