Kirky has always been my difficult teen. When she came to live with us again and start homeschooling I knew I was going to have my hands full. Spirited, independant and persistant can be great personality traits except for when you fight with your parents. We knew there had to be a root problem of why she all of a sudden wouldnt get her homework done anymore and got mouthy. The final straw was me going to grade her papers and tests for the week and NOTHING was finished. We had to find out what was going on and fast.
We figured out that she HATED the online portion of Easy Peasy. She didnt like the videos or being trapped behind the computer. She found it too easy to wander online. She missed the worksheets and the busy work of "school".
Kirky had never had the deschooling process so she was frusterated by it. We can back off a bit but will slowly switch to accomplish our goals for them.
We are going to "fix" our problem by:
Taking over 2 weeks off to decompress. Fall is here so we are going to enjoy it.
We are going to sit and read aloud Frankenstein for Halloween.
Getting rid of the computer portion of her school work. She will still do the same lessons but it will be in worksheet format or reading books.
We are hoping this will help lighten her stress and worries about school and make learning more enjoyable for all of us.