no no no don't give up yet. (((hugs)))) no no no no. pausing typing and praying for you to hang in there and praying for your dh to help out too. It's too early in your homeschooling journey to give up. (((hugs)))Leah OH wrote:My DS5 is constantly telling me he is bored with school. This is his first year (K), but he started reading when he was 4 and probably reads at a 2nd grade level already. He has even started doing math. I don't know what else to do with him. I hate to spend more money trying to find something he will enjoy, just to have him tell me he hates it. My DD6 is doing 1st grade and I've actually thought about just doing 1st grade with both of them. The problem I see there is it is a lot more handwriting.
I am getting so frustrated with trying to do school with kids who would rather be doing something else (playing). I know that if I don't get this figured out before next school year, my DH will insist that they go to public school. Some days I think maybe they would be better off there anyway. I had posted a few weeks ago about splitting my time between the kids, and that seems to work for the most part, but he is still bored. I am probably one of the least creative people on this earth, so I do have a hard time thinking of interesting ways to present some of this stuff. Should I just give up?
p.s. my kids would rather be playing too.
set a certain: this is your school time kind of hours, then let him know that when that is done, he can have time to do other things. stick to the hours. Keep it not long. Then, ask your husband if he'd consider playing a game with this a bit and consider a day or two of "let's play group school today just for something different." Have them awaken to an alarm clock. Have dh drive them around the block and get into a desk upon getting home. Have them sit. You play the part too: Dress up as a teacher and be Mrs. Leah instead of mom. Don't let them out the same room for a few hours. Line up for wash room break. keep it up until 2 pm. dismiss.
let him sit in on first grade with older sibling. He can do more of it orally if needed. Or shorten the handwriting. Sounds like your 5 y.o needs both: doing stuff with older sis, but yet still needs his worksheets to meet his other needs. But then I'm not there and I don't know your children... it's all a guessing game of course.... so filter what works and ignore what doesn't sound like it makes sense for your situation.
let him read books that he is liking (use Honey for Child's Heart from 1st grade deluxe for ideas, use the science and math literature for more ideas. The math literature books can help a bit with the math too)
let him know that he'll use the K sheets for other language arts: learning to spell, and doing handwriting and other little things that are important to learn and know and just to let mom know that she's covering it.
if you need "beef up ideas for K" worksheets:
math: if he can listen to the math in first grade, it might be ok.
for handwriting: will he write in dirt, or something else that isn't paper? maybe he needs more tactile writing for now and add worksheets in later in a few weeks.