DS1 is 7 and we've only been homeschooling for a week here. The transition from public to home has been a lot more challenging than I expected it to be.
Mid-week he claimed he wanted to go back to school, tonight he sought out his agenda and claimed he's going to school tomorrow.
I know it's not what he really wants (he was miserable, often in trouble, and bored in school). I know he's missing friends, and we've been making an effort to get out of the house to go swimming and meet up with friends and stay in touch, but that's also been my innitiative. He'll sit there and complain that he misses so and so, then when we arrange to meet up he won't actually want to. I know he struggles with transitions and will often enjoy himself after commencing an activity even though prior to starting he'll mope and complain and try to avoid.
He claims he's not learning anything, and admittedly life's been busy (we have a 6 month old, and I provide childcare to a 15mo old 1-2 times a week, as well as after-school care for one child a few times a week), but we do sneak learning in, and he's much more receptive to it when he doesn't acknowledge it as "work" (e.g. trivia questions at the pool where he gets to jump in when he gets an answer right, book-making, baking following a recipe, reading bedtime stories, writing lists, writing instructions after watching a video, etc.)
I've been in contact with a somewhat local homeschool group because Lord knows we need the support. I'm hoping that, and planning some regular outings (taking the train to the city to go to the Science Centre, swimming, skating, Civic Museum, etc) will help, but I could use some support in the mean time. Suggestions, thoughts, advice? I'm all ears!