Unsure of Our Homeschooling Choice
I pulled my 3 children out of school around mid year. At first it went great with the homeschooling and now they are fighting me. Not all 3 kids are fighting me with doing their work, just the oldest.
The youngest two are in Kindergarten and First Grade. The oldest is in 4th grade. He tries to get me to tell him the answers but I refuse and he pitches a fit with yelling, screaming, crying, and whining while refusing to do his work. It takes him all day long to do his work.
I cannot put him back into regular school because of the bullying he has had to go through. It was too traumatizing on him and I do not want him to go through that again. My husband believes I should enroll them back into public school but I do not want to give up on him.
Is there any advice anyone can give me that will help me with his moods? P.S. He is going through puberty right now and that does not help at all.Hi Jolene,
I apologize for not getting to your post earlier. I hope your homeschooling has gotten better in the last month. I think you have made a good choice to homeschool and wouldn't give up.
For our family, we have gone through times where our children have not like doing their schoolwork, or a particular lesson. I personally think its important for my children to come to "class" with good attitudes and a teachable spirit. There have been times when we
have had to stop to focus on an attitude; we continue once our children have adjusted their behavior.
It sounds like he has some issues (bullying) that he may need to work through. I would take time to talk through areas of concern to him. I would sit down with him and go over the guidelines/rules of your family/homeschool - what is allowed and what isn't. If he doesn't abide by your school/family rules, then there are consequences - let him know what those are.
I was just reading a book on the Charlotte Mason homeschooling method. She believed that a student should not sit and daydream or dawdle over their schoolwork. I have not finished reading the book yet, and am not an Charlotte Mason expert by any means, but my suggestion to you would be to try setting a timer for 20 minutes or so. Whatever he doesn't complete in that 20 minutes, he will do later. Take a short break, move onto the next subject, set the timer, and so on.
I believe that it is important to choose a curriculum that fits a child's learning style and fosters a love of learning. Some curriculum can crush the creativity and natural inquisitiveness that our young children have due to monotony and/or busywork, etc.
As far as moods, look at his diet/exercise. He may have food allergies or need to get out and play/exercise more.
I hope this helps. Others may post additional advice or guidance for you.
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