Where’s That Wall? I Need to Beat My Head Against It
I just invited Henry to look at his new books for the school year, two of which are familiar to him.
Pouting, fingers in ears, anger, tears.
This is NOT acceptable behavior in this house. Or anywhere really, unless he’s on a roller coaster.
I so struggle with this boy who seems to resent and hate homeschool with a passion. I blame myself: what am I doing WRONG? The first year we did a very structured system. He hated it. I hated it. It was workbook-based and we were both bored. So during first grade I read “A Well-Trained Mind” and we went went the classical approach and I loved it but he hated it. It’s much more laid-back, much more parent-child question/answer, with the parent doing some of the writing as well as the child, and while he usually enjoyed the language arts portions, he still hated the math (workbook OR Saxon) and that was a tearful, hard, laborious struggle all year long. We are using Horizons math this year and it’s been better but still as struggle to get him to do it. We are using them from now on. I am not changing his curriculum a fourth time – we’re done switching. So it will be Horizons until we face the dilemma of Saxon once he gets into Challenge in CC.
I think I’ve been too disorganized with our time the past two years. We need a firm schedule and the initiative to stick to it. I’ve got to get my act together. I get up early, I just dawdle. This has got to stop. These are things I want to accomplish:
6:30 am – up and ready (whatever that means on any given day)
6:45 am – have coffee and check email, short blog post or witty FB status update (I’m so humble)
7:00 am – boys’ alarm goes off and they get dressed and brush teeth/hair and make up beds
7:30 am – (they are slow) breakfast
7:35 am – put bowls away
7:40 am – start on their workboxes
Well, during this post I managed to talk to Henry and he got a little excited and wanted to start on his cursive book. I’m using the Prescripts book from Classical Conversations. So maybe this year won’t be all bad. Please pray for us! This year seems to be make-or-break for him. I’m not sure I can endure another year of whining, screaming, and crying over school. It makes me so sad for him and it makes me feel like a failure as a homeschool mama even though he has learned tons – somehow.
While I’ve got some time (cue Sarah’s crying) I’m going to write a post on what we’re going to use as far as curricula goes this year.
Posted on July 26, 2013, in Homeschooling and tagged A Well-Trained Mind, Books, Classical Conversations, classical education model, Curriculum, Education, homeschool, Horizons math, K through 12, saxon math. Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.