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  2. I've wrestled with posting here (and in which forum), but I really would like to receive advice. :) My son is 4y2mo. I believe he is gifted (but not profoundly gifted). The plan is to send him to public school for K in Fall 2014. We can't afford private and husband is opposed to HS'ing. I am weighing options (essentially local school, montessori charter, K in a nearby school that offers foreign language immersion starting in 1st). Our local school district doesn't have a gifted program until 3rd. But to come to the point, I'm trying to figure out what to try and teach him in the year befo
  3. Tomorrow my son will start 4th grade, and I am dreading of dealing with him. Yes, I said it out loud! Most people who know him do not suspect that this quiet boy with excellent grades can be a monster. Well, we spend some time at home solving math problems for fun, and he is ahead of his grade level by far. But, I am noticing that he is over-confident, and is not spending time re-checking himself, or is not looking for efficient ways of solving problems. Every time I approach him attempting to explain these things, he throws a tantrum. And god forbids, if there is a mistake, corre
  4. The son in question (out of four children, three being actively homeschooled) is going into 4th grade this year. We do dual curriculua (Jewish/Hebrew studies and secular subjects), but fit in most of TWTM suggestions. He is the least...motivated child I have. If it is hard or or takes time to master, he's going to run like heck to get away from it. If it is formulaic or easy, he doesn't mind doing it although not with great precision. That in itself is a problem that I have tried in different ways over the years. Honestly, I think about putting him in our local Jewish day school to give
  5. My seven years old son has no motivation to do school. All he wants is to play video games and watch TV. He does not like to play with his toys. Doing school with him is like pulling all my teeth out of my mouth every single day, over and over and over again. I cannot give up from him, but I need help. I feel tired and so stressed. He is dyslexic and very emotional (with low self esteem). Whatever I try he has no interest at all. Any advice?
  6. Thanks in advance for any advice. Here is my thinking. OK, so my boys are 13 & 11. They are very, very bright but have the typical motivation, follow-through, output problem. As I am burned out right now, and they know it, they are able to easily derail me and make me discouraged and we'll stop for the day. I have been considering doing an eschool. My issues about it are weird though. I want them to be accountable to someone else, but what if they aren't? What if they don't do that stuff either? I mean, I pick some pretty great subjects and programs, and the idea of the busy
  7. Does anyone else have a child who simply refuses to do the assigned schoolwork? I know there are some of you out there! I have a very bright 8 year old who is flat out refusing to do her assignments. My normal punishment for not doing assignments is loss of TV and computer privileges (which includes video games). This works on all my other kids but no longer works on DD 8. She doesn't care. I give her menial work to do. She does the menial work and still doesn't care. I tell her she can't get up from the table until she finishes the assignment. She has sat the whole day at the ta
  8. DS is in 9th grade. He has no post-secondary plans and this doesn't concern him a bit. He doesn't know what he wants to be when he grows up. He has some ideas, but isn't serious or sure of them. He has no interest in colleges, or technical school research. I took him a local college resource center yesterday. They will regularly meet with high school students to assist them with: finding a degree based on their skills, studying for ACT and SAT, tutuoring, making class plans, researching schools, applying for college, scholorships, etc. DS seemed so disinterested the whole time we were th
  9. I read this quotation today and thought that I should hang it where I would see it often. “I slept and dreamt that life was joy. I woke and saw that life was duty. I acted, and behold, duty was joy.†Indian poet Rabindranath Tagore Though I suppose to be most effective, it would be hanging where it obscured the computer.
  10. My son has been in private school for a few years (just finished first grade). When he was in preschool, he loved learning - for example, he would pick out Bill Nye DVDs from the library. After two years of elementary, he now says he hates learning (and hates the library! At least he says that, but seems to enjoy it when we are there). I have tried to find out what it is that he hates about it, but he doesn't seem able to explain why he feels this way. School is not too difficult for him, with the possible exception of writing. But he is reading several years above grade level, his math i
  11. We are jumping back into homeschool next year and I'm so excited. But, I haven't really homeschooled high schoolers. Sara Maria went to a private Christian school in 10th grade, and Grace was full-time at the comm. college when she was 14. So, next year I'll have two high schoolers who are not as self-motivated as I would like. I want to develop a system in which they have ownership of their work, but also accountability. I'd like our daily school interaction to be discussion of ideas, what they're learning, etc., rather than nagging them to do their work. I've briefly looked at wor
  12. Can it be "inspired" in grammar school aged kids? Neither of my kids seem to have any real intrinsic motivation to learn much of anything, which makes me wonder if there are better methods or if I just have to accept my role as one of making assignments/setting requirements. It seems that to be motivated from within, there have to be goals that the individual wants to accomplish. I don't want to just perpetuate "rewards cycles" (we did a bit in the fall) but I do want the kids to feel like, "Hey, I would like to spend a little bit extra energy or free time doing ____ or getting ahead in __
  13. Is it possible to motivate a teen to work hard, or does the motivation have to come from the teen? Ds14 has just started Catholic high school. He is in 4 PAP classes, but only 2 of them are remotely difficult so far. He has very little homework, so I suggested that he do a little studying on his own (some Spanish vocabulary- very easy). After much complaining, he did agree to review the cards that I made. He also wants out of PAP Biology. The work is not that hard, but he doesn't like the teacher. He says he isn't going to be a scientist, so why should he do extra work (grr). He has b
  14. DS has a very definite aim in life, he has wanted to do this since he was a little boy and has never waivered. His aim requires him to do Engineering at Uni, and therefore requires a rigorous maths and science curriculum, along with good LA skills and French due to the industry he wants to be in. He has set his own timeline about when he wants to go to Uni etc. Over the last few months it has become apparant that he was lying to us about what he was acheiving. He would tick off work that wasn't done, and then lie about why he did it. Naturally this was partly my fault for not checking mo
  15. My son is in 8th grade and has Asperger’s, dysgraphia, dyslexia, and a lot of anxiety. We’ve only homeschooled for a couple years, and I’m still trying to get him caught up from his days in public schools. Being at home is so much better for him, but he is not motivated at all. I have to sit by him and help him through everything, which is draining at times. He’s very bright, but has difficulty in all subjects. Next year he will be technically in 9th grade although academically way below that. I heard that I need to make sure he earns credit for high school work so that he can go
  16. So, I have a bright 10 year old. BUT, my problem is that she's not self motivated to finish her school work...so it's me kicking her over and over to finish. Since I can't follow behind her forever, I'm trying to think of motivators that will help her to develop some self motivation. Also, do most of you stay at the table with your children? She's usually in the front room which is a table and couches. Has anyone been able to give their children the big picture in life? I mean...since trivia information isn't valued, why do you tell your children they need to study? She do
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