05 Jun

Setting A Math lesson on Ratio where two homeschool students sit either side of their mother, all three working on the same Math problems.

Brother A:  Hey, stop him.  He can’t start before me.

Brother B: (Delights in rushing further ahead of his brother)

Brother A:  (Frantically organises himself so he can get started too – growling at his brother as he slams things and makes the most noise possible dragging his chair into position).

Brother B: (Makes it obvious to all that he’s finished the first problem)

Brother A:  WHAT!  He can’t be finished!  Check him!  He must be cheating!

Brother B:  (Starts his next problem with the vigor of a brother who is highly skilled in tormenting his brother).

Brother A:  (Losing the plot and can’t think straight to finish his own problem.  Stabs at his Math booklet with his pen) I can’t work with him in the room!!

Brother B: (Finishes the next problem and holds it up behind his mother’s back to make sure his brother knows he’s onto problem three and makes dramatic gestures as he turns the page)

Brother A:  (Growls furiously at his brother)  Punish him!  He’s doing it on purpose!

Poor tormented Mother:  If you focused on your own work, you wouldn’t notice what your brother was doing.  (Turning to other child) You know that what you are doing isn’t helping.


…..and on and on it went until Math was over. 

Some days………school looks really, really good.






Posted by on June 5, 2014 in Homeschooling Days


4 responses to “Realities

  1. sarah

    June 5, 2014 at 12:46 pm

    Boys (and some girls) thrive on competition: they learn so much more like this! 🙂

    • Tracey

      June 5, 2014 at 11:52 pm

      I don’t mind ‘healthy’ competition, but I find scratching each others eyes out a little less productive to solving Math problems. Plus when Child A wigs out, he put every brain cell he’s got into the dramatics. I’m sure his IQ drops by at least 30 points when he wigs out. 🙂

  2. Jen C

    June 5, 2014 at 2:18 pm

    Yes I have my boarding school days 😀 Except mine usually involve crying over the simplest problem. Mostly theirs 😀 And whoever said that boys weren’t dramatic, was sadly mistaken!!

  3. Elsa

    June 6, 2014 at 12:32 am

    Haha, I could visualize and feel every step of that. My latest quibble here involved their phones. 😦 Wish it were math lol!


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