Our homeschool has just been really struggling this year - and I really can't fully pin-point the reasons. This is our 3rd year homeschooling - and I can't say that the other years were "smooth" - but this year has just been horrible.
Just a reminder - my kids right now are Delta (8yob), Echo (6yog), Foxtrot (3yog), Golf (20mog).
Now - this last month (about 5 weeks) we haven't done much at all. My dh has been home sick until a couple of days ago... and I was diagnosed with mono a week ago and have felt totally horrible. I declared "spring break" this week. I must admit that the kids have been watching a lot more TV... sigh.
But besides that (ie, even before that)- it seems like we do math (together), copywork, about another 2 topics - and that is about all I can handle. The other topics might be history/geography, devotion, the violin practice - but not all of them. We haven't done picture study for ages (never got it going well at all this year) - partly because our printer needs toner and all the colours are messed up. Science has gone by the wayside. what is nature study? Reading??? we are partway through the book we started from first term - and I doubt the kids remember any of it anymore. I think some of the stuff is happening so rarely, the kids don't remember what happened earlier.
And yes - I did a bit of looking at the Robinson Curriculum (RC) and A2.... because I get to feeling like if they were more independant then the days I'm not working well, they will still learn more - but really those curriculums come down really to being a booklist... the RC methods go very against CM methods, and I'm not sure I agree with them. Delta might be able to do some more independant work - but I'm not sure his reading abilities are where they should be.
I also worry - Delta will be 9 next year - in theory Grade 4 (so in theory Year 4...) - which is a time when people tend to add in more - as well as more independance is often expected. We are partway through Level B of RS math (in theory a grade 1 math, but some of it would be more than grade 1) - I don't know how his reading compares, and sometimes I wonder if he remembers anything else he has learned. He can't spell at all ("mom, how do you spell 'to'"?) and doesn't write if he doesn't have to. He can tell you almost anything you would like to know about Planets (guess that Astronomy unit we did 2 years ago stuck...) and he has earned a lot of cub badges.... and he is showing signs of being a lot more responsible...
Echo is just 6 and is doing grade 1 - but most of it is the same as Delta. She can read fairly well... I'm guessing a grade 2 level? - she reads similar to Delta, but not quite as well. She is doing the same math right now. But she bucks and fights the whole thing right now.
I feel bad about subjects we've dropped. They liked science, and loved the few experiments we did. Well - they both liked the experiments. Delta liked all of science, Echo complained about the rest of it.
I'm just trying to figure out how I can get a "flow" going....
anyway - enough whining I guess for now.