Only if what they are working on is NOT something that they have a vested interest in, other wise nothing distracts them from their work. We unschool by the way & I don't make them do any work that they have no interest in!
Yes. Heaven forbid I work with my little guy the same time my oldest is working. She's too engrossed on learning her ABCs again instead of her math or science (her two favorite subjects even)... Drives me insane!!
I don't homeschool yet, so I cant answer this question. However, I can answer in regards to other things in their lives. My kids are fairly decent at not being distracted - though this is less so if the task at hand is out of duty or isn't delightful / interesting to them. That is just the way of things. I would imagine that takes some training of that skill a little bit by bit.
they say that kids have an attention span of 20 min (so why public schools make longer days ...cut out recesses and cut back on PE is beyond me)......my daughter is most distracted if we do too much at one time at the table (instead of moving around some)......or if we start later in the morning than usual...she is not as focused as when we start right after breakfast