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Ok, Madison's excitment is gone, lol. At least it was today.
What do you do when they are just totally unmotivated? Anika was in the hospital yesterday and the day before for testing, so our schedule has been a bit off because of it. I'm sure this is the reason. What do I do when she starts to pout when we are reading or something? HELP!
For me it would depend on how often there was a lack of excitement. My son has off days now & then, and when I can tell he's having one of those, we usually won't do much schooling that day. On those days, I almost trick him into learning by playing educational board games or letting him play a learning-based computer game, or we'll spend the day more focused on things he finds to be more fun, like music, arts & crafts or phys ed type activities.
Most days he literally begs me for more school even if we finish what I had planned for the day, but they all have off days sometimes and you can either just take a break entirely that day, or find other activities that go along with homeschooling but aren't so academically-based.
Reilly is like that a lot of the time, so I know what you're dealing with!
One thing that I've found that helps is to tell her "We've got w, x, y, and z left to do, which do you want to do first?" and let her choose which activity we do next. I think that the sense of control plus knowing exactly how much she has left really helps her get over those "blahs". I've got to be careful to be very specific, though, because I've had more than one battle over me saying "We've got reading and math to do" and then her balking when she realizes that it's 2 reading worksheets, 3 math worksheets, and math flash cards or something like that. I try to tell her exactly how much she has left!
Also, if I had a dime for every time I have to say, "Babe, the longer you whine about it the longer we have to sit here!" I know that school can be fun, and I really try to do fun things, but there are some things that just have to be done and I'm trying to get her to realize that she's the one in charge of how long it takes.
I hope any of that helped!
-- Lisa --
Wife to my best friend Troy, mom to Reilly and Declan