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From: Jen (71-36-126-89.tcsn.qwest.net)
Subject:         I hope you come back to get this!
Date: January 16, 2007 at 5:14 pm PST

In Reply to: question about learning styles posted by amy on December 14, 2006 at 7:52 am:

I recommend the book The Way They Learn by Cynthia Tobias for learning style help, and Mary Prideís The Big Book of Home Learning does a good job matching your child's learning style with homeschool methods.

Regarding the boredom and love of learning issues, Iíve tread the road before you and learned that it is vital that you limit computer games and X-Box time to an hour or so a day. It is actually single handedly killing his desire to do anything else. He will eventually come up with other interests if he is surrounded by a variety of interesting books. This will probably be painful at first and take some time, but trust me; if you stick to it you will see amazing results. Be supportive of his new interest. My son is now into metallurgy; he made his own blacksmithing forge in our backyard!

I've also used Abeka curriculum and know first hand that it does not foster a true love of learning. In fact textbook programs in general do just the opposite to most children. You're on the Unit Study Board so you must be considering unit studies, and I believe you are on the right track. Go with his favorite subject at first such as a Science or History. Try one that's already prepared for you so that YOU do not burn out. Pick and choose only activities that interest you and you know he will enjoy doing. Let him read lots of historical fiction and you may end up with a history buff like I did.

Instilling that love of learning will be one of, if not the most important thing you do in homeschooling. Donít ever give up; it can happen to the unhappiest, unmotivated, bored child there is;)

P.S. I Saw an Angel in the Marble by Chris Davis (Elijah Co.) is one of my favorite books and would be a big help to you.


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