We've taken a LOT of time off this past year since my youngest was born. Intentional academic work has been minimal at best. Now that the baby is crawling and able to entertain himself, I'm trying to get some stuff accomplished before having to do our end of year report.
My oldest is 7, but would be in 1st grade because of an October birthday. He loves reading pages from the Usborne Encyclopedia of World History, especially when there are games we can do online. So today he wanted to do a game on a website that simulates an archaelogical dig in Mesopotamia. He loved the game and was having fun. I got tired and wanted to stop when we got to the part where he needed to label his finds (I must have sensed trouble, ha). He wanted to continue, so I was helping him with it, summarizing what we found so he could come up with his own label. I described an artifact to him, how it was used in harvesting grain, and how it was an important invention for farmers. Then I asked him to tell me what he wanted to write, and he had no clue.. not how to phrase it, but he couldn't even remember what the tool was for.
So.. am I asking too much that he be able to remember stuff like that? He has similar issues, I don't know if I'd call them comprehension issues, or what.. when doing other schoolwork (stuff that he initiates). But he has no problem comprehending fiction and stuff, and he independently reads at about 2nd-3rd grade level, with good comprehension. Sometimes I feel like we're doing great with homeschooling, and then at other times, like today, I totally question my competency as a teacher.
Any thoughts or advice? Thanks!