Over the last several weeks I've noticed something in my children that I don't particularly like. When my older kids are working on math or English and come across a problem or concept they don't understand immediately, they quickly become visibly agitated and frustrated, even to the point of back talking when I try to help them understand the concept. They quickly get so distraught about the situation that they become unteachable.
Would they act this way if they were in public school, I wonder? My thought is that, no, they wouldn't act this way if they were among 25 of their peers in a public school classroom.
Sure, they would likely be just as frustrated when they encountered difficult concepts…but they wouldn't act out their frustrations like they do at home. They wouldn't cry about it and back talk their teacher.
And that's the rub. I appreciate that they don't bottle up their feelings when they're struggling, but when they get so physically riled up about the situation, they can't concentrate on the problem at hand. Their mind completely shuts down and we have no choice but to put the books aside until the return to a better frame of mind.
Surely I'm not the only homeschool mom that has this problem. Have you noticed the same thing in your children? If so, what have you done to deal with it?