Homeschooling has taken on a whole new meaning in this house. It's nothing I can even remotely compare to anything I've done in the past 12 years or so homeschooling my first three kids. I don't recognize it from anything I did as a homeschool kid either. It's a total new concept around here.
I've always said that homeschooling is mostly about building character. Moment by moment you are working the character. Academics are important but it comes second.
We'll, homeschooling at my house is all about character now. Academics hasn't even shown it's face yet.
No one can learn anything in our little school until the foundation is dug and the corner stones laid. The digging has been hard and slow going. The ground is rocky. We're hitting one boulder after another the size of a building and it takes weeks of hard labor, strategy, and a ton of dynamite to get it out of our basement and we turn around only to find another just as big or bigger blocking progress.
Um, the last one is for me.
Okay, so does anybody have any suggestions?
There's this sequencing thing she is suppose to do. We've been at it forever. She knows how. I have gone over it and over it, but she won't. Absolutely and completely won't. It looks like this:
I've smartened up in my trials. I've made 8 copies of this particular page so far and she has used up most of them. She has to cut them out. Which she will do. Then she has to put the pictures in the right order. She will glue the first one but will not do number 2. She absolutely knows which one is next. Her hand goes to it, and then she grabs a different one. Twice she has purposefully put them all out of order... but she WANTS me to tell her what to do each step of the way. I will do that orally with her. She can even tell me how it goes orally, but she WILL NOT do the project.
This is for EVERY project. Every single thing she is asked to do for school is just the same. There is no varying. She will tell me that yes she knows how, and yes, I'm right, she just doesn't want to obey and she will not. I know if has something to do with lack of confidence to start with, but then it goes to all out defiance.
This is a boulder the size of the umpire State building.
I"m losing patience. She hasn't had a full blown tantrum today yet, but we are close. I am about ready to have a stroke.