Monday, October 23, 2006

Mom, School's boring

Yup, Thomas uttered the words I didn't want to hear this afternoon.

"Mom, school is boring. We do the same thing day after day after day after day."

And he's right.

Our homeschool has slowly evolved into public school at home, only with more subjects.

I have to admit that I am bored as well.

Problem is, I'm out of ideas. I just don't know how to shake things up. The only thing I could even fathom is doing a week of science and nothing else. Problem with that is he'll get behind on math, and at this point we can't afford to get behind on math. Yeah, I suppose we could do math and science all week.


Today I thought it would be fun to listen to a Kids Bop Halloween CD while we did school. Oh, no, Thomas couldn't have that, it was too distracting.

All my visions of cool school have flown out the window.

I think tomorrow morning I'll take Thomas out for a pancake breakfast. I'll take a notebook with me and we'll sit and brainstorm.

I'm curious what others do if their school gets boring!


Heather said...

When we get bored, we take a Library Day. I let the kids pick whatever books they want,and I look for videos and other "cool" stuff to go along with what we're already studying. We always leave with gobs of stuff. A trip to a teacher supply store might give you some more great ideas.

I've also heard of people just changing routine a bit. Doing stuff in the evenings instead of the morning. Changing the order of subjects. Math drill over pizza delivery. Field trips to museums or whatever.

Mother Crone's Homeschool said...

FIELD TRIP! This has been our monotony breaker for a decade. You can usually tell when the kids are starting to itch for it. Then, I pick a place, pack them in the car, and surprise them. I try to vary science, history, and art. The next day, we head to the library to get books on the subject, and I scan the internet for lesson plans or worksheets that correspond. Sometimes I can find a DVD from netflix on the theme, and we watch that. We spend another few days learning about the subject, doing art and writing activities, or experiments. This recharges us greatly, and about 4-6 times a year. That few day break from the routine puts no one that far behind, but recharges us all!