Ritsumei Posted July 9, 2012 Share Posted July 9, 2012 So, I've got this very bright 5 1/2yo boy, and we're finishing up our first "real" year of school, which is largely 1st grade content, though he really hates reading so phonics is moving at a snail pace. But otherwise, we've been humming along nicely, and with few problems, until recently. Here lately, though, he's soooooo slow! It's killing me! The same work we used to breeze through in 2, maybe 3 hours, is now taking All.Day.Long. I'm going out of my mind! Before, we had plenty of time to do school in the AM, and more unstructured stuff & playdates & so forth in the afternoons/evenings. Now, it seems like we're always cleaning up a last bit as dinner rolls around, which is inevitably late, so bedtime follows quickly on its heals. I have been trying to ramp up the amount of writing he's doing a bit. He seems to learn better/comprehend more/retain better if he does the work of writing. But we're not talking tons; he's still little! I still generally write most or all of the narrations. We do have copywork a couple times a week, and he's been doing most of the writing on his math. It seems to make the most difference there, and, really, writing 10-15 numbers isn't that much... is it? I know boys' fine motor develops later, but I didn't move to him doing more writing until his writing started to take off on its own. But not long after that the dawdling began. So, my question is this: how do I tell if I'm asking more of him than is developmentally appropriate - or if it's just laziness. So much comes easily for this boy, and we've definitely noticed a tendency to avoid things that require more work. We've started piano lessons to try to give him something that he has to really work for, and it looks like swimming is going to be that way this summer too, though it's a short session. But I just don't know what to do with this boy!! Suggestions? Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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