This is my first year using Right Start--I'm using level B with my first grade son, and level A with my Kindergarten daughter. For my son, RS is perfect. But with my daughter (after about 2 1/2 weeks of loving math) I am getting resistance which I can't quite identify. She is a dramatic little soul, and lapses into a baby-voiced la-la dopey slouching stab-guessing obvious-mistake-making character when she doesn't like (?) doesn't understand (?) is bored by (?) what we're doing. I'm having trouble identifying which problem we're having. One solid factor I've noted is that she has difficulty recognizing quantities above 6 and needs (or pretends to need??)to sing "yellow is the sun" through from start to finish to get the answer. (which would tend to indicate we're moving too fast for her) But sometimes it seems she gives me The Act when we're reviewing something I'm certain she knows well. I'm considering taking a "math vacation" for a week and trying again. I have a hunch that she'd be pleased as punch with a colorful math workbook....but I really believe in the RightStart philosophy and so want it to work--especially for her. (as she does not seem to be as number oriented as my son--who hated his colorful Kindergarten math workbook because he had to write too much). sigh. Any help or insight welcome.
I think your instinct about taking a vacation from math is right. When I homeschooled my son (who is now 24) it was like pulling teeth to get him to write. I finally gave up because nothing worked. A year or two later he started writing articles for a local cycling newspaper, went on to become a slam poet and later a songwriter.
We just got our RS curriculum level B and before that I was just making sure my 6 yr old daughter knew her numbers to 100 in English, to 20 in Spanish and 50 in French(she is very interested in languages). Also she is taking piano lessons which should help with math too. Not suggesting that you do exactly that, just examples. Cooking is good too. When my daughter gets silly during homeschool activities I give her a break to go play, or we have a silly tickle session etc. I feel there is no need to follow a strict schedule at home, but I know that doesn't work for everyone!
After a while she should be excited again and ready to do her activities. Also I'm wondering if it would work to try her on the level your son is doing? Just a thought....
I had similar problems with my 5-year-old son (but like your daughter, he initially loved it). Your post is from last year, but others may benefit from my input...
Part of the problem was that these were his first "real" daily sit-down school lessons, and so there was an adjustment period that we had to work through during the first few months. He needed to learn expectations for homeschool lessons, and that certain behavior would not be tolerated (just as it would not be tolerated in a classroom setting).
BUT the other thing that helped a LOT was breaking each lesson into 2-3 shorter lessons. Each whole lesson was too long and too much information for him, regardless of whether the material was easy for him or hard. A 5-year-old may not be able to sit through more than 10-15 minutes, depending on his/her interest level. Does anyone else actually do an entire Level A lesson in one sitting?! I can't imagine it!
So, we developed a nice rhythm of 2 Level A lessons per week, broken down into 4-5 mini-lessons. When I can see he is needing more time to absorb a concept (because of crazy behavior, random guessing, and/or frustration), I slow down and spend a few days just reviewing in a fun way, playing math games, etc. (He definitely needed more time to learn to recognize quantities 6-10, and he still needs review sometimes on differentiating 4 vs. 5. We also had to slow down recently on 10's vs. 1's.)
We are now almost halfway through the year and are doing great, he enjoys it. Occasionally I still get the crazy behavior, but I'm better able to judge now whether it's a discipline issue or whether he is having trouble with either the length of the lesson or the difficulty of the material. And, it's okay to stop a lesson short and reassess the situation for tomorrow if need be, as long as you do it in a way that does not excuse the behavior.
A final thought -- make sure you aren't doing any other lessons right before the math lesson that require much mental concentration. Instead, have storytime, art, free play time, or running around the backyard. Also, I chose to not also begin teaching him reading/phonics at the start of the school year when I began math lessons, but to save the reading lessons for later this year or maybe even next year (or you could just wait a few months, until you're in a comfortable rhythm with math; or, start reading lessons first and wait on math, depending on what your child is more interested in). It's a lot for many 5-yr-olds to take in, especially boys (I know many non-homeschoolers who are waiting until their boys are 6 to send them off to kindergarten, because the boys can't handle how academic K has become).