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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.
Give me some ideas of how to go about this please! My son (in 3rd grade and 8 years old) is on the autism spectrum and obsessed with insects and reptiles/amphibians, he knows quite a bit by reading online and watching anything he can about them, he also reads field guides, textbooks and encyclopedias so he knows way more than I do about them. We are considering homeschooling him again because my anxiety and his about school is pretty bad (I'm not sure I can deal with the calls I get about him and he hates school) also it seems like the timing is right again. My question is how do I do interest led learning without unschooling? I am reading all I can but as of yet I haven't found a practical guide for how to do it. Background: I was homeschooled but my parents would have fallen in the "radical unschooling" category these days even though at the time they knew nothing about that. I did not have a great experience with that way of schooling and neither did any of my 11 siblings. I do not want to follow that in my children's lives but I am seeing value (for at least one of my children) in interest led learning. Edited to add: That I've looked at insect unit studies but they are too young for him and he already knows everything they usually cover.
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.
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?