We've been easing into school here, slowly but surely, for the past 2 weeks. David is full speed ahead on Algebra and English 8 and Biology. Rachel happily does workbook pages, while Susie is assiduously learning to circle 3 of the ducks and 5 of the clowns in her little kindergarten book. And Brian? Well, I started him with just history reading the first week, a little grammar and geography added in the second. So today, I rather trepidatiously brought out his math book, thinking that maybe - this year - he wouldn't find the arithmetic quite so onerous.
Reader, I was wrong. The poor kid didn't even say anything - he just sat on the couch and wept big silent tears as I attempted to convince him that this year it would be FUN to do math. EASY, also. Just a little bit, OKAY?
A pox on all those how-to-homeschool books, I say - wouldn't you know they provide no guidance on how not to break your sweet 10-year-old's heart whilst teaching him basic arithmetic?