Well, the first half of the Kindergarten level is not challenging. At all. It's like the dollar store workbooks for young preschoolers that say "draw a line to the matching picture" except the workbook is thicker, cost more, and has the word Kindergarten across the cover.
Elliott would probably want to poke his eyeballs out if I asked him to work through the book lesson by lesson. I know I would, after the meltdown he would have over how boring it is.
So instead, I thought we could use it as a review. There's no way he would work through the book "workbook" style, so figured if I combined several lessons into oral lessons, and try to make some of them hands-on and tie them into other subjects, I would be able to make quick assessments and we can soon move on to something that is actually challenging to him when we do start formal lessons.
We worked through the entire first unit in about 5 minutes, and he was bored before the end of it. I saved one lesson from the unit to do as part of our art lesson.
Color Scavenger Hunt
When I told Elliott we were doing a scavenger hunt, he was very excited. He asked if it was going to be like our Christmas Scavenger Hunt and he seemed disappointed when I told him it was going to be a color scavenger hunt. I told him we would be turning it into an art lesson, and he seemed slightly intrigued, so I asked him to choose four colors, then find four items in each color.
Can you tell he's into superheros and action figures right now?
Now can you see why I said he would be bored out of his mind working through the book as intended? Perhaps this book is meant to be a review, but the boys could sort colors as toddlers, so I'm a little disappointed that this is considered Kindergarten curriculum. However, the beauty of homeschooling is that I can turn a worksheet into a game and make it at least slightly more interesting.
So we got out I Spy Colors in Art and looked at Untitled by Michael Craig-Martin. Obviously he found the red key right away. We talked about the different objects on the page, and his observation was that even though they were all different, two of the keys were the same size.
Then I asked Elliott to make an "I Spy" painting based off of some of the items he had chosen for his scavenger hunt. He painted the coal car, a carrot, a blue alien thing, and didn't finish the blue block.
After it was all said and done, and I actually thought about his reactions, I was in for a bit of a wake-up call. Perhaps I underestimated him since we've never done formal lessons before, but I thought a review would be beneficial. He was bored throughout most of the guided activities, so I think actually skipping ahead might be a better option for him.
I recently read an article, Top Ten Ways to Annoy a Gifted Child. Now I'm not saying Elliott is gifted, but I refer to it because most of the things on the list would apply to any child, and making him "review" and stay at his "Pre-K grade level" is only going to make him hate doing the work. It's time to move on. If I skip too far ahead, I can always back track, but I think it would be more beneficial to actually find material that challenges and interests him. So wish me luck as I try to figure all this out!