I told myself when I started this homeschooling journey that I would watch that twinkle in my son's eye, the one he gets when he's into what he's doing and excited and full of life. And if I saw that dimming during schooling, I would take that as a cue that something is not working. I feel like we're at that point.
I'm pretty sure he has ADHD, never formally diagnosed, but his daddy has it and we definitely see signs of it. But he is young and bounciness and difficulty focusing goes with the territory for a six year old boy anyways.
I love the idea of WTM. I love the order of it and the structure of it. I love the way history is set up in a four year rotation. I even love that my two boys are exactly four years apart which means that when my DS1 is done with his first rotation, my DS2 and he will be studying the same time periods when he starts school. I mean, how perfect is that?
School started off well. We're on our second year. I have decided to slow the pace down as I see that we're running into trouble with his attention span. He is very smart and catches onto things quickly when he's actively focused on it. But when he's not it can take an hour to do something that takes five minutes on a different day. We have a small window during my day in which I can school him. I run a home daycare, so our school time is the daycare kiddos' naptime, so I admit that I constantly feel pressured to get this done and am not very patient when his attention and focus isn't there. But good grief, he's only six and I know this in the back of my head, but I still get so irritated when we don't get through what we're supposed to.
Anyways, back to WTM, some of the materials for young children are scripted. At first I liked it. No need for planning, thinking, just open the book and go. In my ideal world I wouldn't need this kind of resource, but that would involve me not having to work 55 hours a week. So, since that's not the case, I like that I can just open the book and go and there's a set plan. But I do think the repetitive approach drives him a bit bonkers. He does okay with it. I can just tell it's not thrilling. But is grammar and learning to read ever going to be thrilling?
We've added on some other elements as I wanted to make sure we didn't leave out fun stuff. So we have an art lab book, science kits that come in the mail every month, and recorder lessons in addition to the basics of math, grammar, handwriting, reading (which is currently on hold right now because he seems overwhelmed with it), and history. And also I try to read really good book selections. Some are from Sonlight because I thought I was going to try that this year. After briefly attempting the curriculum, it just didn't seem right for us.
So now I'm contemplating moving to a more Waldorf approach next year via Christopherus (we can't afford to buy more curriculum for this year). If we decide to do that, I'll probably just slow down on a lot of what we're doing this year and set some of our subjects aside as a "when he's interested" kind of thing.
But I don't know if changing approaches might just be throwing the baby out with the bath water. I don't know if it's WTM that's not working for him or if I'm just needing to relax in my implementation of it.
I feel like I'm rambling and not really giving any kind of good information for anyone to go off of. I guess I'm wondering if anyone else has gone through this and had to sort out whether or not a new curriculum is needed or if it's just a problem of implementation? Has anyone switched from a classical approach such as WTM to a Waldorfy type approach. He does love math and will sometimes do pages and pages of his Singapore math at a time, working far ahead than I had originally planned. So I'm nervous that he'd get bored with a curriculum such as Christopherus - that it might not feel challenging enough to him. But I also see him doing too much sitting and working and feel like the WTM approach might be killing his spirit a bit.
So any insight or advice is much appreciated!
Edited by swimming-duck - 11/17/13 at 8:48pm