We're a semi-unschooling family, but we do work through a fabulous provincial "Distributed Learner". This basically means we're enrolled at a non brick-and-mortar school, but we devise our own learning plan each year, and can alter it as the children's interests change. We have to document learning, in the form of a weekly report. I actually quite like these, as they're not report card type things at all...more like a journal of our activities.
So, this year got off to a really good start. I've started writing down a rough daily schedule, as ds2 seems to do better with that (it has to be written) and dd1 doesn't mind it. We're doing a little bit of workbooks and/or reading each morning, right after breakfast, just to get in the groove of our day. (The kids had, for a variety of reasons, slipped into WAY too much screen time over the summer.) The first week was really, really good. The second week was okay, but the kids and I all had a bug...probably the flu, so it was really, really low-key. The third week was fabulous! DH took a week off and we went on a family vacation/field trip...took in a museum, a couple bug based attractions (a Bug Zoo and a Butterfly Garden), did some reading, walked on the beach and explored tide pools, etc. Awesome week! It was totally one of those "this is why we homeschool - I love this!" things, yk?
This week has been pretty rocky. I'm still not 100% (not enough sleep on our vacation, so I've never quite kicked the bug, and I have fatigue issues, anyway). And, when dh went back to work on Monday, ds2 went into a tailspin. He's currently in the process of being evaluated for probable Asperger's Syndrome, and he's a seriously challenging child to deal with...and he doesn't cope well with transitions. Even going on our vacation set off some behavioural stuff, and ending the vacation has been rough. He won't cooperate with anything, and erased today's entire schedule. So, we're not having a productive week.
This isn't the end of the world, and we'll be back on track in a week or two. But, how do you all handle this kind of week? It throws everybody off their stride, so I'm trying to figure out some ways to get back on track. (We're all going to the library in a little while, but dd1 is making dinner, and ds2 has hijacked the iPad....I'm not fighting with him about it, until we're ready to go.) Do you all just ride out the slump, or do you have any tips for being proactive about getting out of it?