I recently had an experience (in fact, I’m still floundering my way through it) that made me feel exactly the way I did when I was in fourth grade, learning long division.
So now you must find a way to calm yourself mentally. Go find yourself any healthy place: your back porch, a city park, the beach, etc. Distract yourself with something different, some gentle music and then, calm your self to be at peace. Do not worry about anything except what is happening right now. Ignore any attempts to remember yesterday, or to speculate on tomorrow. Simply realize where you are right now. Try to cause your brain to be still. Suddenly you will feel relaxed and peaceful. When you become aware of this feeling, memorize it! It is paramount that you remember this calm.
I am a note taker, so this is a no-brainer for me. As the day progresses and just before I leave, I compose a letter for the teacher, letting him or her know what we accomplished, any issues we may have had (behavioral or otherwise), and any stand-out students for that day.
Quite a few kids will do nothing but read books. I had a son who often had a book in front of him. A lot of kids will do volunteer work; they’re really into being a candy striper at a hospital, and summer can be their only opportunity to undertake that. Others really love working with kids, so they go from vacation bible school to vacation bible school helping out with various churches. Other children can do nearly all their projects like scouting or 4H.
Use your Textbook and “edit” the example problems in your Quantitative Aptitude Math Book replacing the “4 badgers went down hill at 3 miles per hour” with horses instead of badgers and change the 3miles per hour to some number that horses would actually be running. The math will not change-that’s the great thing about it. The way the problem needs to be worked will remain the same.
Disobedience – My family laughs a lot when I complain about my stubborn children, especially when I claim that I have no idea where they get it. It’s pretty obvious. Having a strong will is a good thing, though. It is needed for perseverance and many other qualities connected to success. However, when your child is looking at you and adamantly refusing to do what you want, you don’t really see it as an asset. If this is a problem for you, check out “Setting Limits with Your Strong-Willed Child: Eliminating Conflict by Establishing Clear, Firm, and Respectful Boundaries” by Robert J. MacKenzie Ed.D. The title says it all.
This one step made a huge difference. By reading the problems aloud, my son was forced to slow down and think about each step of the problem. If he started to make mistakes, she didn’t immediately correct him but would let him learn from those mistakes. When he started to understand concepts, she’d ask questions that got him to think through the math concepts and problems.
While these issues may affect you to varying degrees, I have one more tip to share; it’s my secret weapon. When my kids were having trouble staying on track, I created a homeschool game. I made a deck of cards for each subject with my printer and colored cardstock. On each card was three assignment options, each with a different value attached to it. The child could move ahead on the generic game board the number of spaces that corresponded to the assignment they chose. It was wildly successful and they still beg for it today. A little creativity can go a long way. We hope that these suggestions help you to keep peace in your loving homeschool family.