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From: Sandy (
Subject:         My son is struggling and I am at a loss.......
Date: October 17, 2009 at 10:29 am PST

I am an experienced homeschooling mom with 2 kids that have been homeschooled their entire lives. I "got" my DD within a very short period of time. I figured out how she learned best and it has been pretty much smooth sailing with her. She is 14.

DS is 12 and I am ashamed to admit that I still don't get what works for him. He is dyslexic and dysgraphic but he is reading really well now.

I have tried unit studies (he doesn't like doing projects), structured (too much writing, too much work), unschooling (only rule - no junk electronics before 3PM. The results....he wants to do school), He begged to do virtual school this year because his sister loves it so much. Now he hates it with a passion. Why? It is too much like school and it takes too long. Ugh!

What he excels at: He is truly gifted at math. He finished high school algebra last year when he was 11 and got an A. He has moved on to Algebra 2 this year. Anything Lego. He does stop action Lego movies, he builds the kits, he belongs to Lego League, etc. He enjoys books on CD. He has listened to the Harry Potter CD's and followed along in the books hundreds of times and that isn't an exaggeration. He is a creature of habit. He likes to be read to but doesn't mind reading on his own for fun.

What he isn't so good at: He can't draw so much as a stick figure. He hates any assigned reading. He can write a paragraph and make it sound pretty good and the next time his paragraph sounds like something a 2 year old wrote. "I go to store. I get bread. Bread good." He can concentrate on a Lego project for hours but he will stare at the computer for hours just trying to answer one question. When I get mad, he finally answers it so it isn't like he didn't know it to begin with. In one way it seems like he has problems concentrating yet he can focus for hours on other things.

By all accounts, he is a smart kid. I have been asked repeatedly by many adults that have spent time with him if we have ever had his IQ tested. We haven't. It just drives me crazy that I have this intelligent child that seems to hate anything and everything to do with school.

He is also a very happy kid. He isn't one to throw a fit or have melt downs. But he will try to get away with doing as little as possible. If there is a shortcut, my son is sure to find it!

I have asked him repeatedly what works for him and what he would like to do with his day. I have given him some ideas and I usually get "I don't know." Or his favorite, "No school at all and play video games all day." Yeah, right.

So I am at a loss. I was sure time would resolve some of these issues but I don't see that happening.

Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

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