So things have been tough around here lately. We’ve had a couple of trips, some out-of-town visitors, and wacky weather changes which have contributed to some sick kids periodically. With all this, we’ve still managed to keep to our homeschool schedule fairly well. The problem is that the school-aged kids are not motivated to do their work in terms of both academic and home-related chores.
Each morning, we fight the same battle over and over again. Yes, you have to do your chores. What are they? The same as they were yesterday and the day before. There are pictures, charts, bulleted lists, and Mom can always read the summary for your specific jobs if you really want to hear her voice go up a notch.
It doesn’t seem to matter if they are up really early (6 a.m. new time) or late (9 a.m. new time). They don’t get them done. The punishments, which mostly involve removal of privileges, don’t seem to make a difference. Then, the battle continues when it is “school time.” There is whining, defiance, avoidance, and repeated “Don’t know” answers when engaged.
My kids have never attending a public school a day in their life. I am REALLY tempted to set up a day for them to go for a day to see what it is like and how great they have it at home. (The problem is making sure they are placed in the grade level that they are at and not the one their age would indicate. If my seven-year-old was put in the first grade classroom locally, she would come home saying it was a cake-walk except for all the writing she would have to do.)
My homeschool-mom friends are all reporting the same lack-of-motivation in their kids, although their children seem to just dawdle through their work as their preferred method of protest.
This too shall pass. Or so I’m told.