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I’ve mentioned this quite a lot, but our kids are fidgeters.
That is actually much too mild of a term. We sometimes wonder if their souls were switched with those of wild animals.
Bo is a biter and will put anything in her mouth while jumping off of any surface she can climb (which is everything). Monkey frequently pretends to be a wild animal (convincingly) and is only still while asleep. Monkey has ADHD, which explains some of her activity level, but sometimes I wonder if she could have ADEHD (extra hyperactive).
Because of our two crazy (and perfect, in case I sound ungrateful: I enjoy the chaos) children, sometimes it is hard to get them to sit still and focus on school. Luckily, Bo has a few years to sort things out before she starts school, but we’ve had to find some creative ways to help Monkey focus and learn. We’ve found these products for fidgety kids some of the most essential supplies for homeschooling that we have in our house.
Essential Supplies for Homeschooling Fidgety Kids
If you have your own fidgety kids, you might find some of these items helpful:
Scented pencils– for some reason, Monkey is fascinated by these pencils and is much more likely to sit and write with them. We prefer the peppermint scent. It’s supposed to engage the brain, although I’m not sure it actually makes a difference there.
Doodle journal- Monkey finds it hard to sit still while nothing is going on. Allowing her to doodle helps her stay in a seated position for lessons.
Audio books- We let the girls listen to books at night when they are in bed. We usually play stories or classical music for them, but we have also put on educational CDs, like math facts and geography.
Tangle Relaxer– This is new to us this year, and was recommended to me by my husband. He said it helped him pay more attention during lessons and times when he was supposed to sit still.
Teething necklace: This is for Bo’s age. She loves biting things, so we have a teething necklace that she is allowed to chew on. I’ve bit it a few times myself and it’s surprisingly soothing.
Water wigglers: These 3D tubes have a gel inside that will continue to pull through itself like an infinity loop. I found these incredibly soothing when I was a child.
Smooth rocks: Monkey loves collecting smooth rocks. Holding them during lessons helps her fidget less.
Stress balls: These are fun to squeeze and also help develop hand muscles that could help with writing skills.
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Did I miss anything awesome? We’re always on the lookout for products that can help improve concentration. Share your favorite finds with us in the comments!