Take for instance a win-win in our schooling. Over the past year we started studying Europe. This started out as a review for drawing our way our Europe.. it involved repetitive drawing and simply wasn't working for my boy. He for the life of him, couldn't see the point in day after day drawing the outline of a country and finding where it went on a map and ergo, being the lad he is, fought me on it. I needed to change it up. I liked the overall concept... drawing a country, learning some basic facts, and then finding that country on a map. Really LEARN where that country is. So I switched it up in a way that would appeal to my lad. We watched videos, learned geography and made a meal to which we would invite people we cared about. And my boy learned.
Not only did he learn.. we had fun AND he still learned country facts AND drew the country and found it on the map. Finland. Georgia. and more.
Finding two math programs that work with how my boy learns!!! Yes, can you believe it? MATH has been another highlight of the year!!!!
1. A+ Interactive Math gave him some confidence in geometry and division.
2. LearnBop... he gets a tad upset with this program at times, but by the end of his session he's pleased as punch and learning has happened.
Why do they work? My lad is able to use technology.. aka.. the computer to do his math learning, without colourful figures or poorly executed drawings impeding his learning methods.
Can't say I've done well with language arts this year. In fact... I would have to say I more or less gave up. It's hard to find something that will work with my boy in a way that works with how he does things. I'll be restarting Logic of English next year and doing it as a formal program.. in fact I may pull it out to work with our French Student in July and just have the lad join us in the lesson. I am suspecting I will simply have to talk with him and say "this has to be done laddie boy, so just buckle down and do it"... despite his protestations to the contrary.
My son's favourite over the past year?
Veritas Press ... have to admit, he didn't even have to think about this at all! :)
Copywork. This took more thinking on his part to come up with. He liked practicing cursive, but he didn't like having to put it to work.