I think this will end up as 2 questions needing advice.
First, I feel like I've been by my son's side SO much during his school work that he's become lazy and doesn't want to think if I leave his side. It's frustrating because I need to be able to work with my younger son, but if I don't sit with the older then he will fiddle around or just put a wrong answer (throwing a fit when he has to be sent back over and over told to think and figure it out). Anyone deal with this? We really enjoy homeschooling and have a lot of fun with it, and I guess that's why I'm afraid to come down too hard on him over it because I don't want to take the fun out of it, but I want him to become an independant thinker too.
Second - my younger son is almost 7 and just learning to read. I tried many times to start teaching him for the past couple of years but he just wasn't ready. Now he is and he's picking it up SO fast. But when I give him something to read, knowing 100% that he KNOWS the words, he will throw fits saying he doesn't know them (while trying to hide his smirk with his hands). So I left him at the table and told him to read it on his own and when he was ready to read it to me then let me know, otherwise don't get up. It took a looooong time for him to stop his fit, but eventually he did and read it fine.
Basically...my 2 have really been sucking the fun out of homeschooling lately lol!!!! Again, I try to keep it fun. We are light on the worksheets, heavy on hands on activities, projects, etc, so I hate to start being harsh like this, but I feel like they are becoming lazy and trying to take advantage of the situation. Any thoughts or has anyone dealt with this?