Seven Year Old Boy is Bored to Tears

by Leah
(South Carolina)

I have a 7 year old boy that is bored out of his mind in the 2nd grade. He has voiced over and over that he doesn't like school. He is very smart and loves to build and I believe he uses more of the tactile/auditory learning style. I am looking at other school options that might meet his need.

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Sep 23, 2011
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What is he using now?
by: Becky

Do you mind listing what you are using now as homeschool curriculum?

Or perhaps he is in public school now and you are considering pulling him out?

Does he have siblings?

Sep 23, 2011
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Bored 7yo
by: Heather

I think he is still in school and she is looking at different schooling options. I recommend homeschooling but would like to offer her some curriculum ideas, etc. She may also add some additional info for us. Thanks!

Sep 23, 2011
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Curriculum suggestions
by: Linda

Hi Leah...

Sounds like you definitely want to try something that is very hands on. A unit study curriculum would give you lots of opportunity to do lots of activities related to the lessons, and would also involve lots of conversation with you. Unit studies possibly do the best job of keeping hands-on kids engaged and involved in the learning process. Here's a link to a database of unit studies: http://www.stonesouphomeschool.com/unit-study-database.html.

Another option would be to find something that provides computer based lessons. Lesson Pathways is a great option that utilizes websites to provide a complete curriculum in all content areas. Lots of auditory/visual and activity based assignments. Here's a link: http://www.lessonpathways.com/. (plus its free!) Your son might LOVE it! I hope one of these suggestions helps!!

Linda

Sep 23, 2011
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Boys and electromagnets
by: Beth

I have three boys. All of them are different.
Is he reading? don't fill his day with Twaddle (to borrow a term) Provide non-fiction books. Don't get the weak stuff- give him things on history and science intended to fill him with awe, wonder, get his imagination going. Usborne or Usborne-like books. Look at Usborne, too, for Kid Kits and hands on stuff. Buy wood working kits, legos, clay, paints, robot kits, mini science stuff, etc. and let him create. Study about the colonies and have a pioneer dinner. Dress up like Daniel Boone or his favorite Signer of the Declaration. Study about China and learn about the Great Wall, rice, silk worms and have egg rolls. Study about Australia and get a boomerang. Take field trips- apple orchards, nature centers, history centers. Go outside.
My first child wanted to make an electromagnet as a first grader- he did it. he took apart old machines to see how they work, including an old washing machine, lawn mower and phonograph. We had monthly field trips with other boys and went to historical parks within an hour or two of our home. Packed a lunch, loaded up a van and had a blast. We all knew that if there was any behavior problem it would end the day and the opportunity- I never had any behavior issues.
Don't buy workbooks- at least for now. I waited until my kids asked for them- at about third grade. I know, it's weird, but it worked.
You can do some of this without actually changing schools- but if you don't homeschool, he'll have to sit and manage all that 7 year old boy energy in a desk for 6+ hours a day. Or he can get his work done in less than 2 hours a day (at this stage), remain motivated/happy and move the way boys are meant to move.
Yes, I've had to tell my kids to get off of the garage roof, etc. But they are all getting recruitment letters from colleges all over the U.S.
I say yes to Electro magnets.

Sep 23, 2011
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my bored 7yr old
by: Leah

Well he currently is in a private christian school which I thought would be good for him to teach him the values that I hold important and give him a smaller more challenging class to meet his needs but I am not seeing the fruit of that so far. They have been in school for a little over a month and I have already met with the teacher 3 times. I think that I may have offended her by asking several questions and letting her know that I do know a little about learning styles etc. The teacher has told me during 2 of those meetings that he needed to just sit down and the last meeting that I needed to make him sit in the quiet to finish his homework. Which I disagree with. I need some options and am praying about what I need to do so that my son doesn't totally loose interest in learning.

Oct 25, 2011
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The decision for my bored 7yr old...
by: Leah

I appreciate the comments and suggestions! I have been able to look into some ideas and have actually met with a current homeschooling mom. I have met with my son's teacher now 5 times including a couple of phone conversations and have been praying about this decision since the beginning of school. I have made the decision to homeschool. Whew! That was a decision! Now I am feeling a little overwhelmed with what to do now. I am going to have to coordinate my time with his schooling and my work schedule and am believing God will show me the plan. I am pulling him out the end of this week and I am hoping to meet with the principle to get his current books that he has already started using this year. I am praying for favor there so that I don't immediately have to buy a curriculum. I loved the ideas of building things as my son loves legos and blocks, etc. I can't wait to look into more of the suggestions to see where this may take us. Appreciate all the help!

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