Getting Frustrated.. I could use some fresh opinions/point of views (kind of long)
A little background- I'm homeschooling for the first year (K) with my twin sons. In NY they don't have to start school until 6, so I figured this would be a trial-run to see how they/I do with it. We've only been at it a month and I'm getting frustrated..
Now, in NY, the homeschooling laws are pretty strict. Unschooling is not an option. We have to send the school a copy of our curriculum, keep a detailed record of how many hours we work on everything, what is covered in each session and send in quarterly reports. I will have to notify them by July 1st with my intent to homeschool and will have to do all of these next year (1st grade).
My problem now is keeping their attention and making it fun. One of them says he wants to only homeschool, yet it is hard making it fun because I'm worried about them getting in a groove for next year. They zone out sometimes, or get caught up in playing with random things around us while we work. Here's an example of what we did today.. I'm trying to do fun things to keep their attention but I also try to work in some of the "boring" things they'll need to know.
This was all in random order throughout the morning.
We looked through a book on Spain and read about a different culture. After that, we looked through a "My first thousand words" book where everything was in Spanish. We did this on the couch and one actually covered his ears saying he doesn't want to hear me.
Then we all worked together to read an "I Can Read Level 2 Iron Man Book" - they did the first two pages alone, then gave up so I read it for them, slowly and with pointing at the words as I said them.
We talked about the primary colors with paint and secondary colors. We used the paint to create the secondary colors. They did okay with this and actually had fun.
We read a book on Frogs and colored in a worksheet "Life Cycle Of Frogs" - This they did really well on. I had them follow instructions on what to color and what color to use. They asked questions and actually paid attention.
For math we talked about new shapes (cone, cube, cylinder) and I showed them the shapes.
Second part of math was learning more, less, and estimating with a little bit of fractions. I took out a bowl of beans, my 4 measuring cups and 3 different sized glasses. They had to estimate how much they thought would fit and then try it. Once they did, they told me if they needed more or less. I have circles cut out in fraction sizes so I used that to explain (1 and 1/4 cup, etc) how fractions worked. They actually enjoyed this but got sidetracked with pouring beans and playing "drums" with the measuring cups.
Sorry it's so long, but I just need a fresh point of view to know if they are acting normally and maybe ideas on how to make things more fun. I know we have a long time left before July when I need to notify the school, but I can't help but be nervous.. I don't want to let them down and I don't want to give up and send them to public school... Thanks in advance.