We’ve all been there a time or two, well most of us have. Homeschooling is going well, then BOOM a child hits a wall and they are done.
Done with school.
Done with you.
Done with learning.
They begin to hate homeschooling, leaving YOU feeling like you did something wrong. However, chances are, you didn’t. Kids can get overwhelmed just like adults. I don’t know about you, but some days being an adult leaves me done. With life. With bills. With responsibilities. Can I get an amen?! Kids are the same way. So, what can you do with a child who hates homeschooling?
Pinpoint the Problem
Is it a subject they don’t like? Let’s face it most kids aren’t going to like Math. Some don’t like reading. And some may want to pull their hair out over science.
Are they feeling overloaded with work? We are in a generation of homeschoolers who honestly, PUSH a lot. When we don’t really have to. Are they hating homeschooling because they have TOO much to do?
Do they KNOW the material? If they are at a loss as to what they are learning then they are bound to be frustrated.
Find a Solution
Once you have pinpointed the problem can you fix it? They don’t like the subject? See if they can learn it in a different way. Maybe a unit study, or a curriculum change.
Overloaded with work? Maybe drop down to the basics for a season. Or alternate with a week of science, following a week of history. No one said you HAVE to do EVERY subject EVERY day.
If they don’t know the material it may be time to consider a tutor, an online course, or another source of help. Some of my favorites are YouTube videos, Khan Academy, or a friend/ family member who is proficient in the subject at hand.
I remember the first time my homeschool child hit a wall. It was a big one and they were ready to throw in the towel. We slowed down for a bit, dropped down to a few basics and even considered a curriculum change. Nothing helped, they still were frustrated with school.
So, I made her study. Outside of school hours. We called it “homework”. She was devasted. But, she needed a reality check. School does not always fit into a 9-1 box. It doesn’t for public school kids, and it doesn’t always for homeschooled kids either. Was it hard? Yes. Did she hate it? Yes. But, with a little extra time studying she was able to master the issue in a few weeks.
Homeschooling is NOT going to be all fun and no struggle. You need to realize that and your kids need to realize that. Learning is work. .Education takes time and energy. Does this mean our kids need to HATE homeschooling? NO. Sometimes the problem really can be fixed.
But sometimes, we need a reality check, and our kids do too.
Moms if you are facing a child who hates homeschooling I encourage you to do the above three things. Homeschooling is not always easy. But, it is always worth it!
Misty Bailey is a Christian wife and work at home homeschool mom. She resides with her family in Southern Ohio. She shares her struggles with time management, becoming unglued, homeschooling and finding joy in the everyday moments on her blog Joy in the Journey. You can also find her on Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram.
Speaker: Christy Walters
Join noted author and highly successful math tutor Christy Walters as we discuss some common areas of difficulty in math. We will focus on operations with fractions, decimals, and positive and negative numbers, but requests from the audience will also be taken. We will discuss what the rules say, and we will also discuss the reasoning behind the rules.
Speaker: Christy Walters
Join noted author and highly successful math tutor Christy Walters as we examine some common fallacies in math. One of the most prevalent misconceptions is the (incorrect) belief that the phrase “Please Excuse My Dear Aunt Sally” says that the order of operations states that one must always multiply before dividing and that one should always add before subtracting. We will also discuss other misconceptions related to the order of operations as well as topics involving exponents and percentages. The topics for this workshop arise from real-world tutoring experience of explaining the proper techniques to students. There will be time for questions from participants.
Mark S Mirza is an author, speaker, student of prayer. He led Dr. Charles Stanley’s Men’s Prayer Ministry at First Baptist Church Atlanta for four and a half years before entering full time ministry. In 2010 Mark founded Common Thread Ministries to “help churches that want to have a prayer ministry.” Mark teaches throughout the United States as well as in Mexico, Honduras, and Kenya. He is the author / publisher of four books of which one has been translated into three languages: Prayer Made Alive (English), Oración con Vida (Spanish), and Maombi Kufanywa Hai (Swahili). Mark’s other books include Praying the Prayer Cards, the children’s book Rainbows of Promises updated from the 1887 original, and the fiction trilogy The Pray-ers. Website: http://www.thepray-ers.com/ A fifth book has just been published. A Threefold Cord is a spiral bound devotional updated from the original book of the same title printed in 1830
Speaker: Mark S Mirza
Learning Prayer thru the Fun of a Novel is how Mark S Mirza introduces readers to his new fiction book The Pray-ers. Or as a Home School mom in Nashville noted earlier this year, teaching prayer thru the example of others. Mark strongly focuses upon praying scripture back to God teaching that the Word of God needs to be our direction on why we pray and what we pray. In his presentation Mark will introduce you to several prayer classics reading from A Threefold Cord: a devotional book from the 1830’s and the children’s prayer book: Rainbows of Promises from the 1880’s. Mark will contrast Biblical Prayer to what we are seeing and hearing today from the churches in Kenya to American TV: name it and claim it. Mark notes the focus on self.