Independent thought?

It has been hard to get E, my son to work independently.  Yes, he’s only 7, but the time he’s spent in public school has already managed to quell his creativity and individuality.  His sense of humor hasn’t suffered much but he cannot focus on doing simple addition unless some one is next to him.  He gets stressed out when he feels pressure and starts chewing his shirt and pulling his hair.  I have got to find a way to make him relax.  I am brainstorming ways to get him to work on his own on something he actually enjoys doing.  We do need to de-school but that will have to wait until we reach the 180-day mark thanks to our state laws.  With Z, my 10 year old, I found a grammar worksheet that wanted her to match subjects with verbs then make sentences.  I said you know what, as long as the sentence structure is correct, make something silly out of these like “The car cuts the grass” or “The dog flies to the store.”  She thought that was funny and came up with some really good ones.  I need to get their creativity back.  I sent them to public school as a pair of kids and got back a different pair!

A has been sick with fever off an on upwards of 102 for 3 days.  He’s picked up some kind of stomach bug and doesn’t want to eat much.  I tried to make his favorite restaurant food today but he still didn’t want any.  He went to bed really early tonight 😦

Spring cleaning has turned up several books I will donate to our co-op’s curriculum sale next month.  I am hoping to find a reading program for my 2nd grader.  I was going to buy Horizons for him but they are now CC aligned so that’s a no-go for this family.  We also pulled everything out of their rooms and shampooed the carpet, vacuumed the curtains, wiped down the walls.  I have to get all of this done now that I finished my final yesterday and I go back to school on May 6.

Our science finally came in yesterday!  How fun is this course!  The books are brightly colored and the text is very kid-friendly.  Comes with 10 pre-recorded lectures on disk and an experiment with every chapter.  I have a feeling we will get through the chemistry unit rather quickly.