I retired from teaching to homeschool my son who is 6. He attended public school kindergarten which had him stressed and if he had stayed in school he would have probably had a resource room placement in first grade due to his severe language delay. It's my first year so I'm feeling my way. I tried unschooling which to me didn't work well because after about a month of being interested in learning he didn't want to do anything. I feel a lot of stress to make progress with him because he does have special needs and I have lots of eyes on me from his specialists. I'm pretty relaxed and flexible, but I do have a schedule of work to get through. He does Reading Egss, Time4Learning, and written work. I work one on one with him, and we do arts and crafts. We also go on field trips and have park days with other hsers. First he wanted to go back to public school but now he doesn't want to do that. Now he doesn't want to do his work, cries and wails that it's too hard, wants to see what I'm doing with my 3 year old, wants to run around the house, sneaks away from any work if I'm not standing over him....you get the picture. My 3 year old is doing Reading Eggs and Math Seeds. Today while I worked with him, my 6 year old was supposed to be doing handwriting. Instead he poured a jar of Cajun spices all over the stovetop. He's still cleaning it off.
I have a schedule of daily activities that he can manipulate as he finishes, I have scheduled breaks to run outside and play, and he gets to pick out of the treasure bag when he does his work. If he doesn't do his work during the day, he does it in the evening. Help.
on Oct. 21, 2013 at 4:22 PM