Good, someone liked it! I’m going to be majoring in nursing-- when I’m finished and (hopefully) pass my boards, I will then be an RN.
Also, how are your other siblings doing at Homeschooling. It sounds like you are very motivated, but what happens when a child is not motivated to learn on their own? Of course, any child will not do well if they are not motivated to do their own work.
You have put your finger on what I think is among the toughest parts of homeschooling; that is, the self-motivation factor. My siblings are all at various stages: my older brother did very well in his work (he has already graduated); the three middle brothers are at the stage where mom gives them the work and they do it as fast as possible to just get it done. The two younger girls are doing pretty well, though they still need nagged often to get their assignments done. (The rest of the children are not of school age yet, if you’re wondering why the numbers don’t add up…:p)
The important thing that we always, always stress in our house, though, is “you must work hard at school.” If someone is having trouble or is slow learning, that’s one thing. But laziness is not tolerated. Of course, we all have our bouts where we don’t want to do work-- I know I did, more than once. But we all snap out of it, sooner or later. And any great accomplishments the older kids do are held up to the younger set as examples: “See, if you work hard you’ll be able to do that too!” Which puts some motivation into the natural siblings competition-- kind of like “if they can do that, then I can too!”
Also playing into the sibling rivalry game is the fact that yes, we all have an ego! For example, my three middle brothers race to get their subjects done as fast as possible. Therefore you will hear the first brother bellowing at 10:56 in the morning, “I got all my stuff done, haha!” They have a slight undercurrent mentality of who-can-get-their-work-done-fastest. Discouraging for me, since there’s no way on the planet that I would be done that early, but it’s good for the boys. And as an additional push, imagine the shame of being placed in the same math book as your younger brother! If nothing else, that would encourage anyone…
However, some are more inclined to do the work when they have a clear cut schedule of homework and tests.
Righto. This usually depends on the person and their age. We usually tend to do this with the younger kids, since (especially the boys! :rolleyes:) they tend to want to do no more than is necessary. Plus, it can give them a goal to work forward to. “You have to have done this much work today,” or “this week,” or “this quarter.”
I vary too; sometimes I feel burnt out, so I make a list of what needs to be done for a certain week. It sounds stupid, but seeing a list slowly get checked off can help me a lot when I’m feeling dead in the water.
Also, regular school introduced the child to the competitive world of higher education. As a medical student I understand the pressure of being compared to others. I don’t like it, but it is the reality of this world. I am mostly interested in doing the best I can, but I know that when I was seeking a medical school, they were comparing me to other people. How do you think a homeschooled child would do with the transition?
Well, as I said before, there is sibling rivalry from the cradle. I know that’s minor compared to the real world, but we do have several other small factors that lead the younger kids to an understanding of competition with other kids. Standardized testing, for example. Obviously, this means you’re being scored against other kids. I don’t know…we never make too big a deal on competition; it’s kind of already recognized as being there…almost taken for granted.
I realized this when I was a bit younger, of course, but what with the process of doing a lot of high level testing, and then obviously getting into college, it was made very obvious! The college I’m going into is very competitive, so I had to work pretty hard (I lived on tenderhooks for awhile before I got the acceptance! :p)…Anyway, what I’m trying to get at is that yes, we know there’s rivalry in the world. We just acknowledge that and keep moving along.
These are some of the longest posts I’ve ever written…I can’t believe I’m writing this much…