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A Different Approach to Homeschooling High School for Unmotivated Teens
by Beverley Paine, Jan 2020
On one of the homeschool support groups a mum asked for ideas to help motivate her 15 year old son. He'd been homeschooled previously using a packaged curriculum but the parents ran a business and weren't sure they could give their son the time needed to go back to homeschooling using a different approach. The young man had learning differences that weren't being met at school, had developed anxiety, and had lost interest in everything except computer gaming. This was my reply:
"At that age, 15, and given his mental state, and your time constraints, what I'd probably be doing if I was faced with this situation would be slowly engaging him in everyday household tasks and chores, but together, not sending him off to do them by h imself. Pick tasks that enable you to work side-by-side, either chat or listen to the radio or podcasts (news, current affairs, topics of interest rather than music, but do include music now and then).
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