I have made huge changes since we started homeschooling, but I still can't get him to work independently and have a hard time getting him to stay focused and retain the information we go over. Any suggestions? We are using Alpha Omega computer software, and Switched on Schoolhouse.
Your son sounds like an active boy who probably learns best by doing hands-on activities. For this type of child, sitting with a textbook and working independently is next to impossible. His mind is probably filled with wonderful, creative ideas that need to be expressed. No wonder he has trouble retaining information -- the information is simply not relevant in his life. I suspect that if you give him a little more freedom and guidance rather than strictly following a curriculum or computer program, he will soar.
The Homeschooling Book of Answers by Linda Dobson has lots of suggestions for implementing a homeschool program more appropriate for your son's learning style. The Unschooling Handbook: How to Use the Whole World as Your Child's Classroom by Mary Griffith is another good choice. For a more philosophical understanding of why child-led learning is so successful, read John Holt's How Children Learn.