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  1. OK, so this is our fifth year homeschooling. I really thought by now I'd sort of have this all figured out. The last 4 years I used Life of Fred for math for both boys. It was great up until last spring when nothing seemed to work. We tried out Teaching Textbooks 3.0 in August and TT got 3 thumbs up - both boys and I liked what we saw. So we are about 4 weeks in TT. My 14 yo is using the Algebra I and my 11 yo is using Pre Algebra. I am literally losing hair, sleep and of course my sanity over the fact that they both refuse to write out their work on paper. They insist on doing it in their heads. I'd be sort of ok with this if they got the work done CORRECTLY. However, they are not. Of course, I can't see where they made a mistake in a problem as it is in that thick skull of theirs. I knew this would be a risk using an online program as they much prefer just typing an answer in the box and moving on. However, I'm a firm believer in you need to write this stuff out...when it's there line by line, if a mistake is made you can catch it and work on why the mistake was made. I know I'm preaching to the choir here but I just want to lay out my math beliefs ? I've made them redo entire lessons when they've not written out the problems....doesn't seem to bother them. Where have I gone wrong? When we did LoF, I made them write everything out so this is certainly nothing new. Granted there is more work now as TT is on average 20 problems where LoF was never that many unless it was a bridge (a bridge is a test for those of you unfamiliar with Fred). How can I make them realize they need to write this stuff out? My 14 yo is taking a physics class at our co-op this year. There is more math in it than anticipated but he is doing well with it. Except for the fact that he isn't showing his work! His teacher said the same thing I have said to him. All I get from him is the "I know, I know". I will say this week he has been a little better at it but the 11 yo has me literally at my wit's end. The 11 yo has never wanted to write out his math. Ever. It's been a struggle for a while now but I seem to have come to my breaking point. I just went over today's work and lost it on both of them. The 14 yo's main offense was he didn't date the paper or write down which lesson it was - I know not the biggest deal but I had just finished looking at the 11 yo work that didn't have much work to look it. Or if he did write it out, he just stopped when he got the general idea of what the answer would be (ex. if the answer was 23.45...he stopped at 23.4) I don't think this is a dysgraphia issue. Both will write for history, Latin and English. Many thanks in advance for any advice you all may have. I hope I'm not the only one with obstinate boys.
  2. I've been reading a lot of research about kids' attention spans and how exercise helps focus and learning. Some schools are increasing recess time, but some are not. It seems like the pro-recess schools get as good or better results than the non-recess schools. For those of you with kids in school, how much recess/movement do your kids get? Or... how much do you wish they would get? For some reason I'm picturing 30-45 minutes of inside time followed by 15 minutes of recess, rinse, repeat. At my school they get one 30 min recess, with short movement breaks during classes, but there isn't any real serious outdoor time except for the one recess in the middle of the day.
  3. I'm hoping to get an idea of what your 9th grade boy student looks like. If you have modeled organization over the years has your student figured out a way to organize themselves? If you set up a model for them have they followed it? We homeschool, so I'm not asking how kids who go to school handle it. Specifically looking for the homeschool boy about age 15 and how it looks in your home in regards to school work and organization. While I have tried to push into independence and letting my boy pick subjects and plan his week out, it's not working. I'm sitting here going through work from today and I'm just about to cry. There are piles of paper by his desk. Nothing in the notebook for the class it belongs. Papers all over the desk, none from the same subject. I just went through his work for today. Handwriting so bad I can't read a lot of it. Many misspelled words. Not every assignment is finished. Most questions for science require some thought, but he put down 1 thing when it's looking for 5-7 items. In fact, none are finished. Everything has a little bit more to do. He had an online class until 9:30am. At 11:30am he went to do lunch for an hour. At that point he had looked at math and we had talked about 2 problems. He didn't do them. We discussed them. He wasn't doing math for 2 hours. He was in the bathroom a good 45 min. And the math discussion was less than 20 min. He worked from 1-2:30 on everything else for today. Hence the lack of anything being done completely. I'm thinking I shouldn't need to sit in the room for 6 hours a day to keep him on task. However, me leaving the room leaves the mess I'm now sitting in. He's at the library for the next hour with friends. I have to go over this work when he returns and he probably has another hour of work minimum to finish today. Not really doing it all, but getting to the point it's manageable the rest of the week. Help. What is normal for this age? He's not an organized kid(his room has always been a disaster). I bought notebooks for every subject. He has a 3 hole punch...but apparently lacks the ability to use it. I am tired of nagging how to do school. What to have out for each subject. Where to look for the schedule. Today he had me write his schedule out. I wrote history, lesson 5. He has a detailed schedule in the notebook. Which lists 5 things to do for lesson 5. He did 2 of the 5. I'm so frustrated. I feel like I have to hold his hand every.step.of.the.day. If he didn't have life threatening allergies I would seriously consider some summer military camp to push him into better organization. I've never found a place that could take him.... Give me your best advice for how to put him on a better organizational track. I used to think going to PS would help...he would have to figure it out. But seriously, at this point I feel like middle school would be a better starting point it's that bad in the way of organization and getting things done. What do you suggest to get him on a better track? I know you all talk about brain fog at this age. He's definitely growing super fast right now. He's always been a little late on the growth spurts for his age...but it's here now. Will he suddenly put it all together in another year? Or do I need to sit back down and go over how to work through his daily assignments?
  4. That meets a few minimum guidelines 1. No writing on the butt 2. Completely cover all skin except the face 3. Can be worn with a tie to look professional 4. Prevent the boys from acting on the hormonal impulses that obviously they cannot control since males are nothing more than sexual animals looking to attack the first female who catches their fancy and cannot be trusted around girls On a serious note: The clothing is irrelevant. What needs to change is the view that the teenage male is an uncontrollable mass of hormones who thinks of nothing except sex and views all females as a sexual object. It is disgusting and insulting not only to all males who have no such thoughts but it is also a damaging view to drill into young girls.
  5. Hi- I'm skipping the year four rotation of history for my dss- (7yo and 10 yo) - just not ready to get into all the stuff that happened in the recent past. Thinking about doing either geography or a history biography series such as YWAM Heroes of History and just picking a few to do. Anyone have any suggestions for a great geography curriculum for 7 -10 yo boys that has a Biblical worldview? Would love some hands on activities to do with it. Thanks
  6. Very interesting read for me since I have two boys. http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/curriculum/meRead_andHow.pdf Their boys literacy resource page is here http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/curriculum/boysliteracy.html
  7. My 11yo son just finished The Hobbit and loved it. He is not one who generally speaking loves reading, so I would like to strike while the iron is hot here. Can you recommend some books for him to read next that he might like as well? Thanks! Beth :)
  8. My ds8 loves playing sports, outdoors, watching sports with Dad, scouting, video games, etc. He's great in math, not as great in writing. Just like most boys, right? I was watching him tonight at basketball practice. He's a 3rd grader in with 3rd and 4th graders, of which he's likely one of the youngest. While the whole team was goofing off tonight, there's just something about my ds that seems much goofier, more immature than the other boys. Now, I know moms are usually the worrier but I see how goofy he gets, and I see the same kind of kid I remember being made fun of back when I was in school. I worry that in the not too distance future kids will start noticing the difference. There's worrying and then there's foresight. Don't know which this is... Is this time for him to spend more time with Daddy? With his uncles, other men who won't be so amused at his goofiness? The WTH folks talk about removing a Dc from other influences and replacing that with more time with parents as main influencers for a time.
  9. Saw this article and thought I'd share it: http://www.stumbleupon.com/su/2D514v/www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/style/american-girl-series-author-creating-series-for-boys/2011/10/25/gIQArC6FKM_story.html?wpisrc=nl_cuzheads Interested what you all think about the line that non-fiction or books in the "grossology" category is as beneficial for boys reading-wise as traditional fiction narrative. Also, can someone tell me about this "Captain Underpants" series? Is it twaddle-ish? Appropriate for a 6 year old?
  10. http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704271804575405511702112290.html By THOMAS SPENCE Wall Street Journal September 24, 2010 ... According to a recent report from the Center on Education Policy, for example, substantially more boys than girls score below the proficiency level on the annual National Assessment of Educational Progress reading test. This disparity goes back to 1992, and in some states the percentage of boys proficient in reading is now more than ten points below that of girls. The male-female reading gap is found in every socio-economic and ethnic category, including the children of white, college-educated parents. The good news is that influential people have noticed this problem. The bad news is that many of them have perfectly awful ideas for solving it. Everyone agrees that if boys don't read well, it's because they don't read enough. But why don't they read? A considerable number of teachers and librarians believe that boys are simply bored by the "stuffy" literature they encounter in school. According to a revealing Associated Press story in July these experts insist that we must "meet them where they are"—that is, pander to boys' untutored tastes. For elementary- and middle-school boys, that means "books that exploit [their] love of bodily functions and gross-out humor." AP reported that one school librarian treats her pupils to "grossology" parties. "Just get 'em reading," she counsels cheerily. "Worry about what they're reading later." ... Education was once understood as training for freedom. Not merely the transmission of information, education entailed the formation of manners and taste. Aristotle thought we should be raised "so as both to delight in and to be pained by the things that we ought; this is the right education." "Plato before him," writes C. S. Lewis, "had said the same. The little human animal will not at first have the right responses. It must be trained to feel pleasure, liking, disgust, and hatred at those things which really are pleasant, likeable, disgusting, and hateful." This kind of training goes against the grain, and who has time for that? How much easier to meet children where they are. One obvious problem with the SweetFarts philosophy of education is that it is more suited to producing a generation of barbarians and morons than to raising the sort of men who make good husbands, fathers and professionals. If you keep meeting a boy where he is, he doesn't go very far. ... The appearance of the boy-girl literacy gap happens to coincide with the proliferation of video games and other electronic forms of entertainment over the last decade or two. Boys spend far more time "plugged in" than girls do. Could the reading gap have more to do with competition for boys' attention than with their supposed inability to focus on anything other than outhouse humor? ... I offer a final piece of evidence that is perhaps unanswerable: There is no literacy gap between home-schooled boys and girls. How many of these families, do you suppose, have thrown grossology parties?
  11. I am reading this right now. It's really good. I think I've read every book about raising boys. They have all left a bad taste in my mouth. I'm so happy with this one. You can see quite a lot of it on google books.
  12. I'm curious how those with a group of boys get schoolwork done. Is it just my boys? I was talking to another homeschool mom with two boys and we were both just laughing about how strange boys are some times. I have all three doing school now. I have to constantly keep up on them or they are all over the place. The only outside activities we have are the YMCA and we usually spend Friday with another homeschool family. My 7 year old whines a lot during school. I sent his brothers to school at this age because I could not take the whining. Somedays I really regret it. But, he is very, very active and I think he would have been labled. If I had the money I would just go to SOS for everyone:tongue_smilie: I am going to do TT with my second child next year. That will take away the subject he doesn't like doing with me. I use a VA so I can't purchase any religious type of materials. I'm doing OM 2 with my younger boy next year. That way I don't have to plan anything. Just pull it out and do the work. Any thoughts?
  13. So far my boys haven't learned to read till age 8. We read all the time, I point out letters, I sound out words. There is plenty of print time in their lives. My older two went to public school even. I'm now on my third boy. He is 6. It drives me crazy. He has made some progress. But, still it's like pulling teeth. Thank you for letting me share...on with your day:tongue_smilie:
  14. Homeschool share has a new section for the workboxes. I'm not doing workboxes, but I found a nice insect classification game there. I, also, found a months of a year print out. Oh and some insect dominoes (we glued these to cereal boxes and they dried today..he can't wait to play tomorrow). My 1st grader is not independent. But, I'm finding I need some things to keep him busy while I'm with someone else. If I don't he will end up wandering off. He gets into "trouble" :D easily. But, I'm looking for educational things. He loves this kind of stuff. I like the idea of having a few things I can put together that are related to what we are studying or that hit on things a young boy needs to learn anyway.
  15. My son is 12 years old. He is working through MUS Delta. Yes, you read that correctly. He fights and fights about Math. He did it when he was in public school. He is on lesson 24 currently. He is having a horrible time. I really don't know what to do with him. I cannot switch to something like TT because we have a MAC and cannot afford a new computer. I'm at the end of rope. I'm very, very upset about it. He doesn't want me to teach him. He doesn't want to listen. He throws a big hissy fit about it. I'm going to admit that I've let this go on for, too long. I've been trying to get some consistency over Math. I'm really frustrated over it. Any suggestions or love you can send my way?
  16. What are some things you did to make learning to read fun? My 6 year old is starting to "get" it. But, he is very active, loves to draw, and really loves to write out the letters and words. Any advice? We are both starting to get frustrated. We are using Phonics Pathways, Bob Books, starfall.com on the Wii, Between the Lions, and we tried OPGTR.
  17. I need some advice for my struggling third grader. He has had great difficulty learning to read and I don't know where to go from here. He was in public school in K and 1st grades, the school wanted to hold him back, but we had already decided school was not for him. I started homeschooling him in what I classified as 2nd grade. He is an extremely bright boy, and was advanced in math and science. Of course, his reading and writing skills were poor. I worked very hard with him last year (often times doubting my decision to homeschool) and he has improved. He went from barely reading simple "leveled readers" with a lot of mistakes and reading very slowly to reading more fluently and with accuracy. He loves books and makes up his own stories all the times. It's just so difficult for him to read. Now we are in "3rd grade" but I feel that his reading level is still in second grade. He loves the Magic Tree House books. We are working through reading most of them because they are high-interest and somewhat educational. (I know WTM says not to read these, but we do what we can) He is always picking up new words when he reads. He still works at sounding out the words he doesn't know. He does guess at words a lot when he's tired or distracted (which is 80% of the time). I just don't know where to go from here. I can't find much information on what he should be doing at this age. So here's the list of my questions: How do I know what "level" he is reading? How do we progress in his reading, now that he has the basics down? Is there some type of reading instruction I should still be doing? How much time should he spend reading daily? How much longer do I need to sit with him while he reads and help him along? What are some good books for boys that are struggling with reading and REALLY need coaxing to get it done? If anyone can answer one, some or all of these questions, I would greatly appreciate it. Thanks
  18. My ds will be 6 in December and he has NO interest in learning to read at all. He has known his letter sounds since he was three. He can put them together to make 3 and 4-letter words. We are working through The Reading Lesson (20 lessons or chapters, we're on 9), but every time I say it's time to do a lesson I get whining and crying about it. It's not just the reading. He hates doing his ETC book, handwriting book, and only tolerates Horizons math. He'd pick the math over anything, but doesn't ever want to do it either. I don't know what to do. I've tried playing some phonics games with him, and he does like that, but I can't seem to get him to progress as much with the games. They help more with reviewing new sounds he's learned in TRL. Also, I can't spend all our time on games. I mean, it IS reading. At some point he's going to have to read a book. All I ask for is one page of TRL, one page of math and one page of handwriting OR ETC a day. Really, it can all be done in about 30 minutes total. He doesn't even want to give me that! I do read to him, which he enjoys, but shouldn't I expect work from him also? All he wants to do is play outside or in the basement playroom, but even then he is constantly bothering us to find out how much longer before his big brother and sister will be finished with their work. He's a VERY verbal and social little boy. Any ideas? Am I asking too much? Should I force the little bit of school work I expect, or just read to him as much as possible and then call it a day/week/month???!!! If I need to hold off, how long should I wait to try doing lessons with him again? If I hold off, will he get the idea that all he has to do is whine about school for a while and then he'll get out of it? Thanks for "listening"!
  19. Sorry to copy Kim in Ga but you inspired me! My 10YO is does NOT love to read. He is a good reader -mechanics and comprehension, and loves for me to read to him... he just will not willing pick up a book himself. By this age I would love to say read this book and him come tell me in a few days he is done but unless I map out so many pages a day ect he never finishes a book. He loves American history, Narnia, boys adventure. I need to make a reading list for this year. Any suggestions?????
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