Monday, September 20, 2010

Struggling with ADHD and non-cooperation

Well we are started on our second year of homeschooling and the children really seemed excited for the year to start...especially with the new "classroom" space....but a few weeks in, and I'm feeling the same old emotions of frustration and failure.....I just can't seem to get ANY of them to sit and listen to the lesson or to work on what they should to reinforce the lesson. My son, diagnosed with ADHD, is the worst offender of this. When I am able to get him downstairs, he's constantly distracting everyone else, fighting, running up the stairs, running outside, etc. If not for anything else, I'll get MY exercise in! Seriously though, it's really got me re-thinking this decision to homeschool....if not just him, but all four of them. But what are my options...send them back to public school or send them to private school? One option brings back the dreaded IEP's and struggles to get the kids what they need and the other brings a financial burden I'm sure that our family wouldn't be able to handle right now...but how do you teach a child that tells you he doesn't like you as a teacher or shows absolutely no interest in learning? I wish I had some answers, some instant solution that would make the struggles go away. It reminds me of the story "The Little Engine that Could"......I have to remember to pray, pray HARD, and remember the little engine's mantra..." I think I can, I think I can....I know I can, I know I can...."....can't I?

Friday, September 3, 2010

On your mark, get set, GO!!!!

We've been working on setting up our new classroom area (wow, I'm still amazed that we have a dedicated "classroom" area) and the kids have all sorts of ideas, as do I!  I certainly got a lot of inspiration from  the photos that were posted by other homeschoolers on The Homeschool Channel's Facebook page.  You can visit their page at http://www.facebook.com/?ref=logo#!/thehomeschoolchannel?ref=ts.  We have loaded up on books from at least 2 different libraries!  I am so thrilled that the kids love going to the library!!!  We're currently working on learning about hurricanes and tracking Hurricane Earl.  I don't think it's going to affect us much, but thought it would be useful for them to track...they are going to learn about mapping skills - latitude and longitude, how storms form, how they move, what things determine intensity and more, well hopefully.  Some other things we'll be working on is continuing our studies on Shakespeare, starting a study on WWII (I found a GREAT book that not only teaches them about WWII but has 21 activities to reinforce what it felt like to live during that era...things like extending butter (to learn about rationing", planting a victory garden and so much more.)  http://www.amazon.com/World-War-II-Kids-Activities/dp/1556524552

We've also got books on Drawing, Frogs & other animals, and Bullying.   One other thing we are learning about, and not sure this is a subject we'll be able to learn from a book, is how to respond to people who question what we are learning and why.  I'm sure this will always be a struggle, especially between homeschoolers and public schoolers.  I'm not trying to pit one group against another, but I know that it is a reality.  And for the first time, we are experiencing it.  My kids were pretty upset yesterday when some of the neighborhood kids told them it was stupid of us to be tracking Hurricane Earl since it wasn't going to hit us.  But like I said before, they are learning so much from tracking and it opens it up for us to learn about other hurricane related information.   We can also talk about Hurricane Katrina, which I still cannot believe happened 5 years ago already, and how important preparedness is and how devastating the results can be when you're not....oh the possibilities this could branch off into!!!

All in all, it's going to be a GREAT year of learning and I'm ready to get going!!!