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My DD is 6 years old, we have homeschooled for kindergarten. It has been a bumpy road, I am self employed so we have spread out the year, with a month off here or there and only about 4 days a week. Some days we go great for 2 hours or so, mixing up what we do with math, reading , writing, science. Lately she has wanted to make up games using words or sentances and this goes really well. Other days it is a struggle to get through even one sentance of reading. She knows all her letter sounds and most the vowels, we have even started some consenant blends, 3 letter words that are similar are a breeze. The problem isn't with knowing it, it's with wanting to do it. She finds math easy and does it pretty happily. When she wants to it's all pretty easy (with some help) and we fly through stuff. Lots of fun! But on the days that she doesn't want to, I get so frustrated. I am not willing to "make" her do it, should I? In the beginning we would just redirect and move on to something but that seemed to be starting a pattern, more like avoidance. I have tried to figure out what time of day is best and arrange things that way but it just seems like it doesn't matter these days. I have explained to her that if we can't learn at home she needs to go to school, DH was not thrilled with the HS idea but has since come around, he does want to be sure she is learning what she needs to, as do I. She seems to want to go to school, I think mainly because most other kids go and she is curious. SHe has been in day care 2 days for 1/2 day per week and this year the provider got a kindergarten curriculum and worked on some things with her, she of course had none of these problems. Am I doing my child a diservice by trying to teach her when she seems to learn so much easier, even happily from others? I cried today at the thought of sending her to school where she will spend more time with other people I don't know than her familySorry to ramble on, interestingly as I write this she is doing math with written color words that she is sounding out on her own!