My boys are suffering from lack-of-recess-itis as they try to wind down from a summer of running all the time, to sitting still in their desks at school
Frankly, children should be able to read by Kindergarten and doing basic math. I already was, and it was a highly unpleasant situation for me when my 1st grade teacher was instructing us on what I’d already learned two years earlier.
Back in about 1964, in Kindergarten, I was near suicidal. “Color the 5 Bears Brown....” I remember (early version) face palm, with “dear God, no!” The only redeeming value of my few days in school were graham crackers and juice, and thank God, Play Dough. I soon learned- “I have a headache.” It served me well till 11th grade, graduating early, when my history teacher threatened to flunk me due to days missed, despite my A in his class. My daughter was homeschooled and had the good sense to drop out of the university indoctrination center at 16. I couldn’t argue with her. At 16, with her undergrad requirements behind her, why torture her?
It was cured by about 5 years of 'Collegeitis'...
“Is he reluctant to go to school, to the point where he seems to be sick a lot?”
My son came home from school sick as a dog Monday after school. He did his homework and went to bed by 5 pm. He slept until morning and had to convince my wife that he was better and could go to school. At report card time he was mad because in one class he had “only” a 97 average.
He’s a freshman and it’s his first year in a classroom, so maybe he hasn’t been beaten down yet. It’s also a small country school and the fascists haven’t made as many inroads there yet.
The first few grades?