We took about a month and a half off Nov and Dec and are just getting back into things here. We're loosely/slowly doing Sonlight Core K (though I just skipped a few of the books) and Sonlight Science K.
DS is a month shy of 6, and is not really into doing school like he was in the fall when we started. I'm really struggling within myself b/c I do not want to make him do it, and do not want it to become a power struggle or anything like that. However, I am also not ok with him watching tv or playing wii all day. He does lots of playing on his own if I say no to the tv, so that is kind of where I am now. I rather hate it, but I've decided the rule is that he can have tv/wii time after HSing is done for the day - I list out a reasonable amount of stuff I want to do together for the day. It would take maybe an hour.
The other thing that is driving me NUTS is that he takes FOREVER to write. I mean, I'm talking about 7 words on one side of an Explode the Code worksheet - it takes forever. He says his hand gets tired from writing. This kid can play with legos for hours, draw, paint, play with play-doh, etc. and his hands do not get tired, so I am just not really buying it. I think it's more boredom, so I'm wondering if we should skip pages in ETC and just do a couple per section. He is reading well but I want him to have practice writing, and support for good spelling. Maybe I should try just a spelling program and go back to HWT practice. He prefers the two lines of HWT so sometimes I think the lines on ETC are hard for him to deal with. Anyone have any thoughts on this whole tiredness thing?
Honestly, I like it so much better when we are tv-free during the day, but watching a show or movie or playing wii together are also really fun things we like to do together, so completely tv-free is not really the right fit for our family right now. I just hate having it be a "punishment" that he can't have tv/wii time without doing school first. I don't punish in general for discipline, and I don't like all this conditional stuff. But I'm also really not unschooly enough to just say he can do whatever and not have limits. I started out that way, knowing that DS is not one who likes to really "be taught" but rather learn on his own through real life, but it didn't really work well for either of us. The structure of doing Sonlight together, lots of reading aloud, etc. has been wonderful. I think we just need to get back in the swing of it. I think we just had a little too much vacation time. LOL
Sorry that got long!