Overwhelm. Keep plugging along. One of my older kids is weak on critical thought. I suggested to him that he read mystery books and work himself up to more difficult reading. I started this post before he tried a mystery book and now I can see where the book I chose was too difficult for him. So basically methodically building up his stamina is yet another item on my tick list to keep chasing after. I can also see that my random self needs to work on preparing some activities ahead of time for kids to work on. The amount of time wasted being interrupted by kids who need my attention can be down right maddening. I know I would make a terrible classroom teacher as preparation for cute activities kills me. But my kids love them just like the rest of the kid world. I need to do this.
My other activities for critical thought include cross word puzzles, word searches, riddles, and other strategy games. My biggest challenge is NOT getting overwhelmed by it all and NOT getting distracted by other temptations.
At least three of my kids need total silence and no bouncing, screaming children about. I can keep the oldest kids on task for at least several hours working on writing, grammar and instruction. When we break apart to work on separate levels of math, life breaks down here. My energy lasts only about one more hour and then it is a push to get anything else accomplished. I suppose I need to just be happy with whatever extra school work gets done in the afternoon.
This is all rambling on teaching and endurance with bunches of kids in toe.