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Karen - posted on 10/05/2009 ( 5 moms have responded )

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I am so frustrated with homeschooling right now. I've just started this year and and have 3 children (age 11, 8, and 6). The kids are not cooperating, the lessons are boring and I'm on the verge of tears!!!! What do I do???

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Amanda - posted on 10/07/2009

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This is only my second year, but believe me when I say I feel your pain! I have a 7 yr old and he can be very frustrating. My sister helped me get through it. You just have to try different things. I do ACE with my son and we started doing things with timers. I give him like 15 minutes to do four pages and the extra time left over from each subject, he gets to stay up that much later.. My son needed the challenge/ reward part of it, otherwise it was dull and boring to him. Good Luck and God Bless. Let me know if this helps at all or if I can do anything.

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Stephanie - posted on 10/25/2009

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Karen, I can really relate to the homeschool mom frustration this year. I have been at this about 8 yrs. now and everytime I think I have things figured out. My kids change or my goals for my kids change. (That's what happens when they hit high school). You're kids are at an awesome age to rethink your approach and start all over.I love unit studies, lap books and notebooking (my new find). They are great for those ages. I also have found anything I can do with all 3 of mine at once makes my life easier. My older 2 do math together, last year my 14 & 11 year old did science together. ( Considering God's Creation, it was great) All three of my kids did history together and will continue to after Christmas. ( The Mystery of History, also awesome, I am learning as much as they are.)When my kids were your kids ages I used the library a lot and field trips related to what I wanted to teach. And thankfully through the years , I have known God's hands were on my plans because he provided just what I needed those years.Anything we can do to capture our children's attention and make learning fun in the elementary years makes a big difference in their attitudes toward school.
I have 2 in high school now and I am having to worry more about transcripts and credits and such and my goals are changing but my kids have no desire to be in school anywhere but home.

Stacey - posted on 10/20/2009

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I am exactly where you are at the moment. I strarted homeschooling my 61/2 yr old halfway through our school year here in Australia. I also have a 41/2 yr, almost 3 and 14 mnth old. and about 2 wks after I started found out we were expecting our 5th. We have sort of just been winging it a bit using free resources off the net and books from the newsagent (eg schoolzone etc), which would be fine I think if I could just get my kids to get motivated, and stop arguing and whinging . At the moment it seems hardly a day goes by that I don't have a good cry, I feel completely exhausted and close to being defeated. And whilst I totally believe in homeschooling and the importance of being together as a family and sharing our faith with our kids, I am wondering if I am not really up to it ( and at times if I am doing more damage than good!) I have found the "daily focus" devotionals from alpha and omega really inspiring ( even though i don't use their curriculum) and often speaking exactly to specific issues I am havin at the time. Anyway know that you are not alone, Keep praying and trusting in God and I hope things start to work out soon.

Anna - posted on 10/13/2009

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P.S. you could just take trips to the library to reasearch things of interest, or look into making lapbooks to supplement what you have and make it interesting. Also look into the unschooling philosophy...a non-text book aproach...



BUT MOST OF ALL REMEMBER YOU HAVE A HIGHER CALLING TO SERVE GOD AS YOU ARE SERVING YOUR CHILDREN IN THIS, THEY WILL BE BLESSED AS YOU HANG IN THERE!!!! (I know I am blessed to be with my children and pass on the legacy of Faith to them)

Anna - posted on 10/13/2009

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What cirriculum are you using? Each one works differently for different people. The beauty of homeschooling is that you don't have to stay with something thats not working for your family...My oldest is 11, then 9, 8, and 6. Each one is unique.



Sometimes you have to establish that you are the boss in a way that teachers at school don't...they need to be taught to cooperate, sometimes you want to find what interests them and ditch what doesn't flow for you or them.



If its an ability to concentrate, I would deffinately avoid high glycemic foods (sugars and starches) as well as do a five min. energy routine to unscramble the body's electricity:

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