Matthew playing with Joshua
One of the ways I can get school in with the older kids is to assign an older child to play with the younger ones for 30 minute increments. This way I don't have to worry about what the little ones are up to or if they are getting into anything they shouldn't be getting into to. It also brings a little variety every 30 minutes for the little guy so he doesn't get bored of the same playmate. By having this arrangement in place each older child gets a 30 minute break from school and I get time to spend with the other older children with reading or answering questions. I have fewer interruptions while working with the school children since the little guy is happy and occupied and the day just seems to run more smoothly. Having a playmate for my little guy during school days, Works for Me.