I am going on year 4 homeschooling my middle child. She is 9. Her brother was homeschooled until he started high school. I wanted to place her in school this coming school year but I'm having conflict with her father on this (my ex-husb). :( I do not do well homeschoooling her. She doesn't want to learn and is very lazy about doing anything. She is behind (well, when compared to school kids around here) in math and in writing. She does well in writing IMO but if tested locally they will say she is behind. I didn't want to do another year with her homeschooling as I need to find work but last year her dad helped with bills and I helped him with his business so I could stay home. It's great being able to stay home BUT she doesn't learn well from me. She is entering what would be 4th grade for most kids although I think she is at 3rd grade level.
When at home she tends to get lazy and if I get distracted for any reason then she will say "can I have a break" or "I'm hungry" or "I'm tired, can we finish later" and later ends up being the next day. :( I know I'm probably not disciplined enough for her but I'm burnt out I think. She is muuuuch harder than her older brother was. He was laid back and easygoing. She is super hyper, distracted very easily, gets off task quickly and has a mind of her own. But the plus is - SHE IS SMART! I'm not just saying that because I'm her mother either. She pretty much taught herself to read and spell and excels in those areas. When it comes to math I can't teach her though. She will say she knows a concept and a few weeks later has forgotten it only to have to be taught again and then seems bored. Okay, getting OT now.
When at home there are too many distractions, toys in her room, computers (we have 3), outdoors, t.v. etc. I don't allow t.v. during the day at all and we just got cable again last month but I'm tempted to get rid of it come August and just keep it in the summer months. :) Not sure about that one yet.
My question (finally, lol) - does anyone homeschool their child/ren OUTSIDE your home? Not necessarily outdoors, but at a library, someone else's home, an office, garage, some place out and away from the usual things your children are around on a daily basis that will keep their attention not focused where it should be.
Also, how many hours per day are you homeschooling your child/ren? I am quite the impatient type as well and hyper like my daughter and I get tired and bored easily when helping her in some subjects. I'm all gung-ho the first few months of school and by Christmas vacation I'm ready for a long break and sometimes I dread going back to it after the first of the year. :(
Any comments, suggestions, advice would be greatly appreciated.