It’s been a while since my last post. I’m having a hard time keeping up with three blogs and this one seemed the most difficult to come up with positive content.
I was really struggling and nothing about homeschool felt good. I’ve since been chatting with other moms and got to thinking that I was pushing Caleb too hard. Part of why I was doing this is because we started in the middle of the year. And also because I had to start him at the 1st grade level for Writing and English.
It got to the point where he hated every subject we were doing. Not good. I’ve backed off the last week or two. And got him to tell me that he doesn’t mind Math, History and Astronomy. And since I feel that he can work on the Language stuff by studying these subjects, we’re going to concentrate on the subjects he likes.
I am taking this week to get a good handle on my new strategy. I had him take two reading level tests. The first from Sonlight and the other one from here. He tested at the 4th grade level for both of them!
So, I think it’s safe to say I can back off from pushing every Language subject every single day. In fact, we’re going to go back and repeat some of the Reading lessons on vowel-combinations so I can make sure he has those down really well.
And we’ll also be going out more often. We took a trip down to the stream yesterday. I need to get over my fear of going out with the baby and Charlotte. It scares me when I think about how I’ll need to nurse her and that will make it difficult to keep tabs on Charlotte. But I need to allow Caleb to help me more with that.