I think one of the most frustrating things about homeschooling, and parenting in general, is how fickle kids can be!. It's not that I expect them to always like things, to never get bored of anything or change their mind. But it's those moments where 5 minutes ago, my child LOVED THIS, and now they HATE IT WITH THE UTMOST PASSION, that blow my mind.
Just some recent examples with my 6 year old....
Last week I was working on a color by number worksheet with the colors from Math U See blocks. My son came over while I was working on it and asked what I was doing. I told him and he get got all excited..."Can I do that? I love color by number!" (Inside I'm doing cartwheels! Yeah! He likes it! He'll DO IT! Woo hoo!) But I know I'm not going to be done before his bedtime so I tell him we'll do it tomorrow.
Tomorrow comes, and he'll have nothing to do with it. NOT INTERESTED.
Similar thing happened today. I am sitting trying to figure out how to put together a printable easy reader book about Zig the Pig so all the pages are in order. I've decided to try it in spite of the fact that he usually objects to new books (anything not a Bob Book is "scary."). He comes up, looks at what I'm doing, and says "Can I read this Zig book for reading today?" I am ECSTATIC...both that he wants to read the book, AND that he said Zig (he's never seen these so the only way he knew that was to read it! Go kiddo!). Of course I say, SURE!
But as we're putting it together he decides that it looks longer than his regular readers so he only wants to read the first page. I'm not having that...GRUMPS ensue. So, I try to show him that it's not any longer than his regular books by counting the pages on a Bob Book and counting this one. Turns out Zig is ONE PAGE longer...so I tell him I'll read the last page for him, so it's not longer.
"NO, I want to read THIS." he says, pointing to the Bob Book that we've read over and over before. " I don't want to read this book," pointing to the Zig book I've almost got finished for him.
It's like there's these moments of opportunity and I am rarely ever quick enough to catch them. And it's one thing trying to get him to do something I know will be a challenge, but when I think he'll love it then he hates it, or he shows interest in something but the interest wanes before I can pull it together, I feel like screaming and pulling out my hair.