My 10 yr old son is a very independant learner. He reads well, does most of his history and science reading on his own, learns quickly and gets bored with any hint of repetition. He loves to work on his own and does well staying on task and getting things done. Because he is so self motivated and because he really likes to know what's expected of him for the day, I set up a chart for him with his assignments for the week and he works independantly on the subjects he can do on his own and with me in math, narrations, language lessons, etc.
For all of these qualities, I am thankful. However, he is so concerned about checking things off his list so he is done with "school" that he doesn't linger and enjoy the carefully selected books and rich ideas contained within them. I wouldn't say he rushes - he does careful work and gives decent narrations. I can just tell he is going through the motions. I am enthusiastic about the subject matter, his sisters enjoy our learning, and I understand that he is of a different personality, but I wonder how to win his heart in this. Sometimes I wonder if he is not challenged enough? Aside from books of a higher reading level, how could I help him engage with the subject matter more? I would appreciate any thoughts or suggestions!