Gina, my oldest is 11 and does great with both independent and family work. The issue right now is waiting for me for family work. I'm either too tired or too behind or the brain fog with my Hashimoto's is too thick or too whatever to be consistent. She asked if she could finish Stories of the Nations on her own since I was unable to do it consistently. I said sure, even though it means ds8 will miss it. I figure it's better that she take from the feast what she's ready for than wait for me to prepare the plate for her. I truly don't mind her doing most or even all of her work independently and neither would she. What I would miss if she were in a different time period than my little kids is knowing enough to converse intelligently with her. I'm learning alongside these kiddos of mine. I will admit that I would love some teacher cheat sheets like in Tapestry of Grace or something as right now I cannot read ahead. It's all I can do to hold the grades 1-3 info in my brain. I'm very hopeful to be on the way to recovering my full mental capacity, but right now the fog is too thick.
Spinning, I like that term, Michele. It's like the spinning beach ball of death on my Mac. Nothing happens when it appears. Fortunately, it's a rare occurance. A couple of things have already occured to me - I like the SCM modules and the way they're all together, even if I don't do the family work, everyone is in the same cycle and that's worked well for me from the get-go. I can easily add or substitute books as need be. I am learning with the kids and can at least keep up with 1 history cycle. I am not changing that, at least not for next year. I'm working to recover my health and sticking with what I know and have enjoyed makes much more sense for the time being. Another big thing - I own every book needed for SCM module 6 for all of my kiddos. Also, I think the Lord is already telling me to put aside TQ for this year, don't even look at it. I'm still waiting, but this is already a clear impression and one my hubby would be in agreement with. Use what's working well, recover my health, enjoy my kids and be content. I'm adding my dd5 to the mix and that whole beginning reading phase takes a lot, too. Oh and let's not forget my little 2.5 year old Hoover who will need to be potty trained in the coming months and obviously takes a lot of effort for habit training at the time being.
Just putting it out there, being encouraged, knowing I'm not the only one - the Lord has used you ladies this day. Thank you.
PS - As a side note, a friend from a co-op I belonged to before starting my own just sent me an email and is looking for some more kids to join a few of their classes. One of them is science exactly like what I wanted for dd11 - a smorgasboard with loads of experiments. It's available to both my dd11 and ds8. While it would add drive time to my schedule, which I'm not fond of, it would completely relieve me of that burden for the year and the kids would L.O.V.E. it! I'm prayerfully considering it. It would give me an uninteruppted hour with my littles. We could also make this Nature Study day since we'll be out already. Hmm...possibilities.