The short answer for me was: this year is easier than last year because the boys can entertain each other. Those are the good days. But there are plenty of days when that doesn't happen. Days when Toddzilla insists on building a conveyor belt with our math linking cubes right in the middle of the school room. Who can resist that? So we all end up working on his conveyor belt for a while, and then I try to cajole them back to their studies.
Then there are days when Crockett finds Bobo's reading about the French and Indian War so interesting that he just can't resist plopping down right on top of her.
It's certainly a challenge, but it also warms this heart of mine when a baby straddled on another child's back doesn't even phase the older student. She keeps right on reading. Or when the new reader in the family sits down with a Dr. Seuss book again and again to satisfy that same young boy.
To me this is socialization at it's best. And I wouldn't trade it for anything.