Annie Laurie Posted July 14, 2012 Share Posted July 14, 2012 (edited) This might seem simple to most of you, so please be patient with me. I love Sonlight, I've always used it, and it clicks with my brain. However, I gave my kids end of year evaluations, and from other conversations we've had, I'm realizing that just because this model works for me does not mean it works for my kids. My kids love to read, but one of them says that read alouds are just too hard to listen to and sit still through. This same child reads voraciously, a crazy amount of books, many classics and some fluff. This child does like to read and learns a lot from it, this child just doesn't like being read to. Said child will be in 5th grade. This same child has repeatedly asked for things to be more like public school. (Child has never been to public school but has friends who go to PS and reads books about kids in PS.) Child asked for school to be "more interactive, I'd like more reports, assignments, quizzes, and for things to be more organized." One of my other kids keeps asking me to assign him reports too. I know this should be easy, it's just hard for me to change my thinking and the way I do things. ETA: Another problem is that the 6th grader is an extremely reluctant reader, and I have tried everything to get him interested, but he does read the SL readers happily and needs up liking most, and he does like the read alouds and I feel he gets in a lot of extra exposure to language and vocab that he wouldn't get on his own. So I've been stuck on SL due to his needs. How do I balance that with my other kids' needs? I think maybe TOG would be a better fit for history, or should we just try SOTW this year with the tests and more written work for history? Or could I add that to SL? My toddler is so difficult, I really need open and go, I just don't have the time or brain cells right now to plan anything complicated. I'm feeling overwhelmed. I will have a 6th, 5th, and 3rd grader. Any suggestions? Or could any of you share how you incorporate more structured learning and more output into your content subjects without it becoming drudgery? Edited July 14, 2012 by Annie Laurie Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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