I've noticed with my son that every three to four months we have to revamp our homeschool and switch things up. We are at that time right now. We still haven't had him evaluated, but I've posted here before, and am pretty sure he is gifted with ADHD/OCD. He can hyperfocus incredibly well when he wants to and other times he is so fidgety, distractible and impulsive its unbelievable. Even though he could read books like Stuart Little by E.B White before he turned 5, he also begs me to let him check out board books from the library sometimes...he is quirky.
A big part of our homeschool is teaching him discipline/self-control/character (i.e. you will sit down and finish this!) but I'm starting to wonder if I'm not challenging him enough and some of his recent worse behavior is because of that. Like we need a balance of training him to be disciplined and finding ways to inspire and challenge him. He is very good at math conceptually but still uses his fingers when doing easy math problems...not sure if its a routine or if he really needs to do it. I'm realizing the majority of our phonics pages have become busywork to him even though its for second grade. He gets patterns really well even if he doesn't memorize the "rule" etc.
Anyway...I've been feeling kind of alone lately with him since I don't really have many friends who are homeschooling a challenging gifted child like him or homeschooling at all. And I get so many comments like "boys are boys..." if I try to talk about challenges. And many with 5 years olds don't even really bother to homeschool much and are just working on reading.
And curriculum ideas?....fun workbooks?...anyone could recommend? For example, we just started using the Mind Benders series and he loved it. But he finished it really fast (with some help from dad.) I'm a bit limited in the time I can put it since I have a new baby as well.
He really wants to learn Spanish or other foreign language so I think we need to focus more on electives while his maturity catches up rather than push him too much in math/language arts...
Looking for feedback!