I knew that I was going to have some battles to fight when it came to homeschooling Iris, but so far they haven't presented themselves in the way I thought they would. I assumed we would have the usual screaming "I hate you! You're stupid!" and outright refusal to work. So far, the only time I had that was on the very first day when I asked Iris to get a pencil. That day I was sure I had completely set us both up for failure, but we carried on just fine.
What I have begun to notice with Iris, however, is not a refusal to work, but if she can't answer a question immediately, usually with math so far, she fidgets, scribbles, slides off her chair, writes the numbers all big and crazy, breaks the lead on her pencil, gets up to sharpen it, you get the idea. Any little thing to procrastinate the task at hand and also, apparently, get her anxious energy out.
Pretty much every day I have had to send Iris to her room (and not in a "go to your room!" sort of a way, more of a "why don't you go take a break and we'll resume math in 10 minutes" sort of way). It works in that she comes back about 50% calmer and we can at least finish things.
The other thing that has been coming up is how tired she is. It's true, Iris gets much less sleep than kids her age are "supposed to" have. We have battled it for years and now she has a later bedtime, since an earlier bedtime just left her cranky and awake in bed. Now she's awake and happy in the living room. It wasn't until homeschooling that she ever complained of being tired. Now, I have a lovely schedule and it may appear I am attempting a lot, but it's much less than she ever did at her private school. And there she never complained to me of being tired. So I can't tell if the tiredness is a way to try and eek out of the work, or if she really is tired. I will probably try to push up her bedtime a bit and see if it helps her fall asleep earlier.
I don't really know how to combat the ADD-like tendencies she is showing over this work, though. I wish I was a super creative homeschooling mama who could find a bunch of different exciting ways to teach math, but I just am not. We work through the workbook together and so far that is about it. The concepts aren't even that difficult, she just doesn't want to do it. I could probably be asking her to add two plus two (and honestly, today we basically are, as we're adding two digit numbers to two digit numbers by adding the tens and ones up separately).
I'll keep brainstorming. And waiting for CVA to finally call me to finish our enrollment. I am so anxious! I can't help but feel a very outlines curriculum would at least help ME immensely right now.