I remember the article or blog you had saying that January was a difficult month. With so much going on in my life I am amazed we have gotten anything done but I feel like we are doing the minimum if anything. It has gotten as boring as public school to them. The field trips we used to take to brighten up our curriculum have been eliminated at the moment due to the separation and financial stress. I don't feel like the wonderful home school mom that I envisioned myself to be. It has not become fun for them anymore. Thank Heaven we still have their other activities - Civil Air Patrol - Soccer - Youth Court - Volunteer at thrift store. Most are free.
I especially get paranoid over my oldest because he is in 9th grade. I feel he should be doing more and motivated. He only cares about his laptop and Japanese cartoons. He isn't motivated in any writing assignments at all. I know the separation has affected them but he was being like this before then. How do I motivate this child? Your boys read all the time. It sounds like they would have been fine no matter what you did. I mean one was absorbed in economics as a hobby. Your annoyance meter activities still lead to careers. I have two gifted children who do not use most of their gifts. So sad. The smartest people are the ones who seem to read all the time. I try to tell them this. Back in time before there was anything else the great people we admire today just read all the time. If they did more of this and on different subjects I would feel better. How can they be so brilliant and yet cannot tell you where most of the well known cities is this country are located? Discovered this info this morning.
Hi Lee (and Karen)
It is a real shame when high school kids get it into their heads that they're either not interested in school, or that it's boring!
Getting involved with computers/technology is a great way to get some hands-on experience that is totally invaluable.
To help with school in the present - you could try put the information your son has to learn in a more interesting format. Videos are a great way to learn for many kids - they can be engaging and get you away from the textbooks. The Khan Academy website (http://www.khanacademy.org) is a great place for math/science/economics and a few other topics.
By giving your children more of a choice in the way they learn you can make the lessons more interesting, find the ways that they learn best, and set them up so they know how to succeed at further education!
Yes! My computer science engineering son thinks it's WONDERFUL! He sends me the link almost every month and says "tell homeschoolers!"
On the lines of beginning computer animation/programming my kids REALLY love to use the Scratch program created by MIT. It is free and the kids really are getting into creating there own graphic animations, games and my 15 year old daughter is even working on her own Operating System.
Let's talk about college scholarships. Every family, that has a child going to college, wants them, but they seem to be so elusive! Let me introduce you to Lin and her
Not everyone has a homeschool convention nearby. No fair! Let me help you with that! Today you can sign up for a convention all of your own, that you can