The next day, it took 2 seconds for reality to sink in. Screaming, crying, meltdowns followed! The worksheets were too hard. They didn't like that story they wanted to read this story! I ended that day and several weeks after in tears. I was beyond discouraged. I set it all aside and began to wonder if I was really cut out for this homeschooling thing.
For several years after that epic fail, I tried a few other 'box curriculum' all ending the very same way! I did not understand what I was doing wrong.
I was given a book by a friend written by Sarah Janisse Brown titled "Life, Love, & Dyslexia." She talked about instilling a love of learning in our children. She reminded me that natural learning is fueled through children's natural curiosity! I remembered all at once why I began homeschooling in the first place! I wanted my children to love life. I wanted to fuel their curiosity and allow them to follow thoughts and subjects down the path, however far they chose to go!
I shifted gears! I got Popper a journal from The Thinking Tree. I allowed him to pick what he was most interested in to learn about. He was able to pick books from the library that interested him. He chose books on Egypt, Space, and origami. None of these topics were remotely close to what I would ever try to teach my 2nd grader.
After a few months of allowing him to explore, I began to add in a few other core subjects that I knew he needed to have as well, like math and a writing program. This has been the best decision I have ever made in regards to my children's education. Popper loves getting to choose what he learns about each week. Some weeks, he chooses books that are on these same 3 topics. Sometimes, he adds something new to try. I love watching the excitement he now has for learning!
Now that he has freedom to choose, the math and writing aren't near the struggle they use to be. He is getting a genuine love for learning!
That's how we are homeschooling since the boxed curriculum failed!