My 6 YO DD likes to move very s.l.o.w.l.y. Not because she struggles with her work--she's actually quite bright. She reads at about a 5th grade level, writes well, "gets" math, etc. She is quite capable of working quickly and sometimes does, but often doesn't. We're trying to finish up a couple of things from last year's afterschooling, and working on a few small things this summer, and instead of it taking 30-40 minutes a day, it's taking 1.5 to 2 hours because she is dawdling so much. This is not just a summertime-tired-of-schoolwork problem as during the school year it was not unusual for her to come home with homework after 4.5 hours of school because she didn't complete work that she was quite capable of doing in an hour at home if I kept on her (her school uses A.C.E. which is self-paced).
So far this morning it took her 10 minutes to do memory work review that should only take 4-5 minutes (kept losing her place). She spent 50 minutes doing 1.5 pages of Miquon math that she's quite capable of doing in 15 minutes. That was with me mostly next to her trying to motivate her to keep going in between trying to keep my 1.5 & 3.5 YOs from killing each other. (She wasn't overly distracted by her brothers either, just wouldn't pay attention.) I finally gave up on the math for the day. How do you make 15-20 minute lessons work for a child who loves to dawdle? Do you just not worry about it if they only get 1/2 a page of math done a day and it takes them 3 years to finish one year of math?