So my big kid started first grade a few weeks ago. As a homeschool mom, I guess that means I started first grade again too. A few weeks ago I wrote about our first day and how I was waiting for the meltdown. That meltdown finally came.
Did you know kids need time to adjust to a new year? Umm…yeah. That was a big hand-on-forehead moment for me.
We were excited to start school. Our curriculum seems to dive right in. And who needs review anyway? My son remembers everything from last year. (He does, really. And with all the books he reads, he’s actually ahead of where we left off.)
So the first week went great.
Then the other shoe dropped. Apparently diving in head first wasn’t such a good idea. We spent a few days last week struggling to get through three math problems plus a read aloud because he spent the time sobbing about having to miss play time. I had to have him specify because we were building spelling words out of blocks. How is that not play time?
It’s not play time because he’s not in charge.
So our curriculum is back on the shelves and will return in a week or two. As a compromise, I promised him that first grade would be really easy this week. We read books and worked on math problems that he learned last spring.
In allowing him to step back, he’s suddenly telling everyone he sees that he’s going to learn multiplication this month. Ha! Maybe now that it’s his idea, he’ll let me pull back out the math book!
Parenting a strong willed autistic boy is a challenge sometimes. He’s such a natural leader, but wants things done his way. I think lessons on gracious leadership might be a worthy pursuit for when he’s older.