Driving home from church, and in the backseat you hear, “I wish I could go to public school like everybody else!” You respond from the front, “Where in the world did that come from?” even though you know that everybody in kid’s church was talking about their “state of the art” playground all day.
“It’s just not fair, I hate homeschooling!”
You drive on, silently, realizing that mounting a defense with an eight year old, at this moment behind the wheel, would not be the best time. Besides, you’ve heard this a million times, and it always ends the same, a few tears, a little pouting, and then it’s over, until next Sunday. But little by little, there is a wearing down of resistance. Your eight year old is showing increasing signs of disinterest, and you are finding it harder and harder to feel good about what is finding it’s way into the gray matter between those beloved ears.
A Jimmy Buffet song begins running through your head, “Come Monday it’ll be alright…” Tomorrow, reading goals must be met, math must be mastered, history must be explained, and somehow art and music must be woven in.
The question: How do you motivate your child prodigy to embrace this choice of education method, instead of always cursing it.
The wrong answer: By sitting them down and reading the riot act. By demanding that they quit complaining, and continuing to drive the hard line for their own good. “Until that homework paper is complete, young man, you are not to go outside.” By keeping that cute pug nose to the grindstone, until they can recite the full Gettysburg Address, and at the same time explain the Associative Law of Addition in detail.
The right answer: Go to a matinee tomorrow. Take a break. Stop at Dairy Queen on the way home. Get a sundae, and take a break.
This isn’t your first rodeo. You don’t have to try to win your homeschooler over with convincing arguments as to why this is best. You know why you have chosen to homeschool, and your ten year old does too. Because you love them, and want them to have the best education possible.
Homeschool has one element, offers one course above all others, that no public education system can touch. Homeschool offers Love in a K-12 curriculum.
Perhaps you are looking for new ideas to inspire and motivate, thinking that maybe a new approach is needed. If this is the case, then then merely google, “motivational homeschool ideas,” and you will amass a plethora of new techniques. But this is a temporary solution.
You see you are going to have to create a “paradigm shift” in your student, and change their thinking from one way to another. This new way of thinking is to love homeschooling.
This is not done by comparing it to public school, to show how superior it is. It is not accomplished by making it loads of fun…
It is done the very same way this young brainiac, learned to walk, to talk, to go to the potty.
Praise them in everything they do. Hug them, let them know how proud you are of them at every opportunity. This sounds almost like a no brainer, but this is the one thing that the school system cannot do.
Don’t compete with the school system for your child’s attention. Love them, and the motivation will take care of itself. There is no competition. You have already won!