SFM Posted September 18, 2012 Share Posted September 18, 2012 Man, I feel like "doing" school is painful right now. I am unsure if we are doing too much or if we are just not starting early enough in the day... or have allowed too many distractions (like co-op, piano during the morning, etc.) to distract us. So. I am new, this is our first WHOLE school year homeschooling. I really feel I discovered that my son is very VSL and I truly believe perhaps mildly dyslexic. I just ordered Upside Down Brilliance, Unicorns are Real, Right Brained Child in a Left Brained World. It has been a challenge. In school, when I addressed some of things that I saw, I was usually brushed off and told that he was probably ADD. :001_huh: While, that may be the case, we need to figure out the best way to teach him and one in which I am not losing my mind either. My ideas of school would be wonderful to be finished by 1ish and then be able to enjoy the rest of the day reading or doing fun things. However, I feel it is so painful up until that point. Not sure what to do or if I should give up on some things. So.... Math: Singapore 3A/3B (he gets this except he has a real problem with word problems, we do the IP books after we finish the unit for extra review). We also do Miquon and Beast Academy LoF, but more as a "fun" thing that we read at breakfast, I don't think he is the issue. Language Arts (this is the real struggle): Writing with Ease 2/3 (I like this, it's minimal, gets the job done, however, he struggles with dictation, holding the words in his head and remembering how to spell them all -- spelling is a real sore subject. IEW TWSS (We try to do the keyword outlines and I grow frustrated because he is FOREVER asking well, will this work, will this work? Here's the thing, I am sitting with him the whole time and while I am, obviously, there for help, it seems like he needs me to constantly be giving him direction. I have to suggest everything. It's very difficult for him to think of -ly adverbs, or quality adjectives or even because clauses. FLL3, we were doing this and it seems to be a swing and miss. He and I both were just done with it. I like sentence diagramming but it just was so dry and felt too scripted for me. SO ... I ordered ... something that I thought was going to be good for a VSL child ... MCT Sentence Island (I ordered the homeschool package), I am not sure how this will work out. I am very list driven and completion driven and it seems that is not how this is. Intermediate Language Lessons...just because he likes it. Explode the Code (we were doing remedial phonics work). He loves these books. AAS, I don't care for it, the tiles drive me batty, however, he says he is enjoying it and I feel like his spelling has improved overall. McGuffey's Readers (we just read a lesson a week for fluency and pronunciation). History: SOTW Vol. 3 with Biblioplan and lots of readers and encyclopedias (he loves encyclopedias). Science: Apologia Astronomy and Elemental Earth Science/Astronomy (we haven't gotten the Elemental Science yet but I really think I am going to like that one better.) Books, encyclopedias Extras: Artistic Pursuits K-3 book 1 Beautiful Feet Geography Critical Thinking/Logic (which he SOARS) Nature Study (once a week on the co-op days) Philosophy for Kids I should also note that I have two other small children and I wasn't expecting the day to be consumed like it is. I suppose in my mind I thought that we would all be sitting around together reading and talking about life. I do have a more Charlotte Mason bent I suppose but it is just taking too much time and I fear something has to give. My curriculum obsession has to end. He LOVES history, science, Art, READING, he is not a great mathematician (although he is --- what I would say is "average".) We read in the morning, we read in the afternoon, we read at night and he does SSR as well. I feel overwhelmed. This could have something to do with my husband being away for the last month on "duty". :glare: Any thoughts? Wisdom? Advise? Also. There is someone on here who has in their signature a quote I love. I think it's Hunter. "The good can bury the great." Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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