(When you don't blog regularly you forget what you've shared and what you havent. Apologies for any repeat info)
I've been homeschooling Jackson this year- for 2nd grade. I use the word "homeschooling" pretty loosely. I'm not following a specific curriculum, we don't operate on a schedule, we don't do school everyday and I'm fairly sure I am not in line with what traditional 2nd graders are learning.
Basically I am unschooling. Jackson chooses his interests and I try and smoosh his interests into subject matter that should be learned at this age. I cover spelling (not much), math (carrying over on addition and subtraction is challenging us but multiplication comes easy to Jackson), geography, grammar, reading comprehension and handwriting. Jackson knows more about World War II than most adults but grade level spelling lists are challenging.
You know what? It's FINE if Jackson isn't "performing" at the same level as traditional 2nd graders. Because- guess what- he's not a traditional 2nd grader. I didn't decide to home school him so he could be just like all the other kids his age. I decided to home school him because what he needs is different than what other children might need and THAT'S OK.
At the beginning of our home school year I mapped out every 20 minutes of our schedule. We rarely left the house and I hit on every subject every day. We even had recess every day at the same time. I was trying to replicate a traditional school environment but with one lone student.
Jackson needs to take breaks often. Jackson needs to spend 15 minutes on one subject and 30 minutes on another. Jackson doesn't need to do math everyday.
(Well, maybe he does NEED to, but we don't do it)
And, our schedule is fluid because I HAVE A LIFE. I participate in a Moms Club, I'm a member of MOPS, we go to OT twice a week (which is 30 minutes away) and I like to schedule impromptu play dates. I can't give those things up- well, I don't want to.
How long will I home school him? I have no idea. Maybe it's only meant to be for this one year. Maybe it's meant to be until middle school. I don't feel like I have a clear answer yet.
What IS clear is that Jackson is not the "norm" nor will he ever be. I plan to figure out what makes him flourish and make THAT happen.