We can't seem to find our flow this school year. We are getting to the basics - math, reading/language arts, writing and Latin. We are struggling to fit anything else in. It's partly due to our hectic schedule (which is not going to change) and I think I just picked overwhelming curriculum. I'm not so concerned about my elementary kids but I am not getting to history or science with my seventh grader and it's making me panic because high school is just around the corner and I feel this pressure to make sure he is "keeping up." He is on the mild end of the autism spectrum, and he can be very pokey in general, so school work just takes him much longer than I think it "should."
This is his workload:
Math is done at a local program for accelerated middle school kids. He's taking Geometry (and they're using AOPS). It's intense and definitely his most time consuming subject every week. The class meets once a week for 2 hours and he usually goes to a homework help session once a week for 2 hours.
BraveWriter co-op with local friends - meets once a week and they cover literature (Pouch of Boomerangs), Faltering Ownership writing, poetry and current events. Definitely don't want to give this up - we like the teacher, the group and the opportunity to discuss the topics with peers. He likes the literature and poetry. He gets stressed by the creative writing but I think it's good for him.
IEW on our own, 1-2 lessons a month. He really likes this program because it's more structured which is how his brain works.
Latin for Children, we fit in as we can. One unit every 1-2 weeks
We started some light Spanish last year, and I've had him keep up with Duolingo in case that's the foreign language he wants to pursue in high school. (I didn't intend to do Latin and a foreign language at the same time, I just feel like I've done everything backwards with him since we only started homeschooling last year.)
History Odyssey - We're supposed to cover 3-4 lessons a week to complete in a year. We average 1 lesson a week.
RSO Biology - We haven't even finished the first lesson. It's not getting done. On the other hand, I spent a small fortune between the curriculum and a microscope, so....
I have all the kids doing a daily binder thing which is supposed to take 15ish minutes. His binder includes Evan Moor geography and Fix It grammar (1 sentence a day) and I have him copy the sentence in cursive for practice. He easily spends 30 min on this every day.
Extracurriculars - He takes piano and cello and needs to practice these throughout the week. I'm thinking we need to cut back. He is a Boy Scout and sometimes has things to do for badges. He loves Scouts, so that's not going anywhere.
Did I mention he's pokey and easily distracted? He's very bright but it can easily take him 2-3 times as long as I think it should to get through anything. (He has been on ADHD meds before and I'm not opposed to using them again, but I'm not sure that's the answer here and I want to explore other options.)
So that's a lot and if you read this far, thank you. If you were in our shoes, what would you do? Should I cut back? Find a creative way to fit the content subjects in? (Cover them over the summer while taking a break from other subjects?) I'm at a loss and feeling stressed. I'd love some advice. Thanks!