I have a 15 year old son in a private Christian school, and who is doing wonderful there. My 9 year old daughter attended the same school, but we began to notice that she was having troubles this year both academically and socially. We feel these problems came from the fact that she was the only 4th grader in the school. Because the school is small, the classes were taught with several grades in one class. I believe that my daughter was often being included in the 3rd grade class for convenience rather than being taught separately as she should have been. She is very bright and is advanced in some areas of education, but is doing math at a 3rd grade level. We decided to home school her for several different reasons; the main one being that she could work at her own pace and advance as rapidly or slowly as she needed to. We have been at it for about 1 1/2 months and everything was great for about the first 3 weeks. However, I am rapidly losing faith that we made the right choice.
One of the main problems is that I have fibromyalgia, and chronic fatigue. There are days at a time when I absolutely do not feel like teaching her. My husband also has health issues and between taking care of him and trying to home school, I am beginning to feel overwhelmed. Please don't misunderstand! On my "good" days, I love having my daughter home and having the opportunity to teach her. It's just that I am afraid that she is getting shortchanged on the days that I don't feel well. I have tried to keep the curriculum simple, but it still seems like it is just "too much" at times. Last week was not a good week, and we basically only did one lesson in Abeka math and one lesson in Growing with Grammar per day . Since she struggles with math, it takes at least two hours for her just to do a lesson in that! I wish I had found some kind of curriculum that she could do on her own when I don't feel that I can handle it, but I didn't know this was going to be this big of a problem. Money is a huge issue, so I can't afford a change in curriculum right now. I am just getting so discouraged! We decided to take a break from school this week, just to relieve some of the pressure, but now I am feeling guilty about doing that.
Does anyone else have these problems? If so, how do you handle the situation? I love having her home with me, and I feel that she is making great progress in math. However, I need to find a way to make sure she is getting everything else she needs, too. Is this even going to be possible considering our situation? I really don't want to send her back to the private school (not to mention that I can't afford it!), and it would break my heart to send her back to public school, but I want to do what is best for her. Any help would be appreciated!