Homeschooling Noah... it's been a journey.
When we first started it was easy, full of fun projects and excitement of learning new things. We've always steered clear from curriculum. Did things our way; ways that worked for us both. There was a wonderful ebb and flow to it. But lately I feel like we're running out of gas... puttering and sputtering.
As of lately, he goes to a few co-op classes and some homeschool activities. But we have nothing going on at home... except for him reading the 39 Clues series and maybe a documentary here and there. I'm becoming more uneasy about this as the weeks pass by. Last year, I just let things go because of my mom... the beginning of this year; I let things go because I felt sad and depressed (which I feel very guilty for, like I let him down somehow.) Now I feel better and I have no more excuses. During all that time, somehow Noah grew up, became a tweenager; he changed. But what should I expect when I was preoccupied for all that time. Turn your back for a second and your kids grow up behind your back!
Noah is an interest led/unschooler but we have to find something for him to be interested in!
He's happy spending his day with a little reading and a whole lot of gaming...ugh! Do I just let him self- regulate? Do I intervene? I still think he's too young to run his life. We talked as a family tonight and set some basic ground rules; for homeschooling and computer use. Maybe this will help some. Brad was helpful backing me up and getting Noah on board with the rules.
Noah's a smart kid, but how smart will he stay if he keeps up this pace? Right now, I'm sure he's on target if not ahead of the "game" in many subjects. But what about in the next few years? To me; an unschooler needs to be self-motivated to learn what they want, what they need and to set goals for themselves. Noah is just not there yet... his only goal right now is to play video games.
I know some of my blog friends have older teens. Did you go through this phase of homeschooling? What did you do?
I keep asking Noah; what do you want to learn about? He's given a few ideas; Edgar Allan Poe and Tesla. But that won't last long... and all he'd want to do is read a book about them or watch a documentary.
It's as if I have to let go of the whole "hands-on learning" method that I love. I have to give up the idea that Noah will love what I love and that I will love what he loves.
When I think back through our homeschooling journey...man.... we've done a lot! The kid is like a little mini encyclopedia. Maybe I need to remember my old motto: Learn to trust yourself and your kids.
I'm hoping the wonderful ebb and flow comes back... I just have to trust and remember it just may be a new kind of ebb and flow.