Monday, November 7, 2011
When my five children were younger, we would gather around the kitchen table for our studies. There was a healthy competition among them. They wanted to see who could shout out the answers first - in subjects like math, spelling and geography.
I would give them a writing assignment - something fun. They would head off into different rooms, smiling, wanting to come up with the BEST story. When they were all finished, they would come back into the room, eager to read their creation to the other children.
Those were the days when homeschooling was easier. Now that I am only teaching one student - my youngest at 14, there is no competition to help motivate and inspire him.
Our schooldays are more quiet. We sit together and do his assignments. He often studies on his own, completing much of his homework without me. He also does some of his work on the computer. It is a strange new experience.
I miss seeing all the children at the table, excited about their writing projects, or happy to finish their math. We have entered a new phase in our home - the last years of homeschooling - and it is difficult to adjust.
I would love to hear some creative ideas from you mothers who are homeschooling only one student. Will you share your stories and ideas?
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