My son is 7 years old and we just started homeschooling this fall. Last year he went to a Waldorf kindergarden program and before that I worked with him a lot at home anyway.
I've always wanted to do homeschooling, and spent months thinking out what we would do this year. I looked at what he liked to do anyway and tried to come up with things that would compliment that. For example, he loved to write in a notebook, so I thought we would do journals. He liked to draw, so I thought we could do nature drawings for studying science.
But now that we are doing homeschooling seriously he doesn't want to do any of those things. I let him play most of the day, but would like to spend an hour at least with him for homeschool. All the things I arrange are fun, and he hates them all, even things like carving potatoes and making prints on paper with them or doing watercolor paintings. All he wants to do is ride his scooter around and destroy the plants in the yard by beating on them with sticks he makes into swords. He can't sit still for a few minutes with me for anything. It's heartbreaking.
I keep thinking I must be doing something wrong and try to shift my ideas to come up with what he would like to do, but it doesn't seem to work, and I'm wondering if he maybe has a learning or attention problem?
His teacher at the waldorf school didn't say anything about it, and he always paid attention there.
I'm hoping this is just a phase, but what if it isn't and he can't read when he's 10? One reason I am homeschooling is so he will get a better education, but it's seemed to just turn him into a complete blockhead.
Anyway, I was just wondering if anyone else has had that sort of experience, and if anyone can offer any advice. I'm feeling pretty discouraged. I just can't understand why he was so easy to teach before but this year he can't focus or learn anything. When I ask him about it he says there's just so much he wants to do.