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October 9th, 2006, 09:39 AM
Platinum Supermommy
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Hi there

Well I dont really belong in this bord, but my 13yr old brother has been suspended from school (for 14 weeks he has been at home now!) The whole story is long and winded, but he sufferes from anger problems and learning problems. He just finds it hard to grasp things and struggles alot with english.

I was wondering on any advice for home schooling him? We have work from the school but its pretty mundaine and he doesnt want to do it (no tthat I blame him)

We are struggling cause we need something that he will be intrested in and will work on too.

Any help will be greatfully appreciated!
Mummy to 2 boys expecting #3.

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October 9th, 2006, 11:28 AM
Mega Super Mommy
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Location: ohio
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Does he like reading? if he doesn't try getting him some graphic novles It will get him into it and suprisingly improve vocabulary. Note taking while on feild trips might help. At thirteen he could volenteer (like adopt a grandparent that likes to talk) I'm Sure he'll learn lots of american history from them (posibbly military history too.) that satisfies Socail studies. Look into vocational schools for there exploration program If he has no idea what he wants to do when he gets older. Visit colleges. Volenteer at a lab or hospital for science. Tutor younger kids for math (better understanding of the basics let you do almost anything.) Have him create and run a website. (It'll help reading, and writing). You may want to take him on feildtrips to help (rollarcosters are the best way to learn about basic phisics.) Creating a topigraphical map of the lawn was the easiest way for me to learn them. look into computer softwear. You may want to look into vurcual schools or Home school instead of sending him back after the suspention.

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October 9th, 2006, 03:53 PM
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Hi, sounds like your brother needs some help. Are you homeschooling him or your mum? You will need to know your states laws if he is homeschooled after the suspension. It doesn't sound like he was learning much at school anyhow. Generally if a child has been at school much time at all when they come home they need time to 'de-school' Basically this means to get ps out of there systems. Then look at his interests and see what he might be interested in learning and find books on those topics. Miguelsmommy had a lot of good ideas. Have a look at some educational catalogs and see what might spark his interest. http://www.rainbowresource.com/index.php?s...160429442-66381 Do some fun science experiments like these http://www.west.net/~science/expindx.htm

Maybe also concentrate on skills that will help him with daily living as well such as cooking. Can he use a washing machine? Deal with change and percentages? One idea that I've had for awhile which I want to do with my kids when there older is a unit study on 'holidays' and 'life'. With the holiday one I want to look at 1,2 or 3 hypothetical families and plot possible road trips. family 1 are campers, family 2 wants things for the kids and mid range prices, and family 3 want 5 class style and culture. But maybe just one family to start with, drawing a map with distances between places and how much fuel that would take, were they would stay, how much for meals etc. For the "Life" study I am going to have my kids 'find' flats and jobs in the paper and use supermarket flyers to 'buy' food. How much is it to run a car or use public transport? What about phone and electricity? Stuff like that.

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October 9th, 2006, 06:23 PM
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I did James Madison high School you can look it up on a search engine..or jmhs.com I did that after I stopped 9th grade. I had a lot of health problems that deterred me from being in school plus a lot of menstrual issues that kept me at home. I did that..it was about $1100 for me to graduate and you can graduate within 1.5 yrs depends how well you're child works. They send you you're books and homework if you have questions there is someone there I don't know about being 24/7 but it helps. It made my life easier they also have college courses too if let's say he wants to go to college but the typical college route isn't the best for him. I know it worked great for me! Good luck! And you do get a class ring, you're diploma and all..It's not as good as a typical high school diploma but it's better than a ged. And it is nationally accredited.
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