This is our first year homeschooling my 9 year old daughter and the first 6-ish weeks were AWESOME. The past 1-2 weeks... not so much. I'm looking for some encouragement and also welcome advice you might have. Basically, we had a really really busy week recently during which we basically spent any of our time at home doing bookwork (we usually aim for about 2hrs per day). The rest of the time we did really fun field trips and stuff. My daughter LOVED the trips but began resisting the work. Then last week I tried to tone it down but she ended up still really resisting the work. Pouting, whining, having complete melt-downs. Granted, some of it was a little too hard, and I was happy to adjust it but because she was so rude about it I felt really torn. I didn't want her to think it was because of her behavior, so I might have drawn the line a bit harder than I would have otherwise done.
My thought is that we need to take this week off from doing a whole lot of book work. I'm thinking we'll do a few math lessons, only a couple of spelling lessons, and keep reading the book we're working on but not do any assignments about it. If we're up for it we can head to the art or science museum, but if she'd rather be home we can just do that. What do you think? Is that "giving in" to her inappropriate behavior, or is it meeting her need for a break? She hasn't said she needs a break, just shown me through her behavior. Right now we're both frustrated. Her responsibility-levels are down to about zero (meaning she isn't cooperating in any chores or anything, it's not just schoolwork, though it seems centered around school). She still says she loves homeschooling, but I really want to get her through this rough patch and back into a place where we're having FUN.
Ideas? Thoughts? Suggestions?