Some days I feel like such a failure as a teacher. Today we began very relaxed, because once again it’s sunny and 70, and I think we need to spend time outside while we can. But after I called them in and started working with ds 12, things just crumbled. He hates Wordly Wise because it’s so stupid and he already knows all those words.
And math… I get so tired of him telling me that I make it even harder, that I’m just confusing him. This morning I explained carefully how to find a percentage of a quantity, while he sighed and acted bored. Then when he started his workbook, he couldn’t do it. I explained again, and as I recapped, he said, “Do you think I’m an idiot, that I can’t get it the first time?” I just can’t win. If I explain it, he’s upset. If I don’t explain it, he’s mad. How can I do it any different?
I love homeschooling. I really do. But when attitudes stink, learning just goes out the window. And it seems like our attitudes are stinking today. Not just his, either–mine, too. And stinkin’ attitudes aren’t a school problem, they’re a personal and parenting problem… I do NOT like where this is leading! I am done talking about it.
Dd 10 is a phonaholic. She has a defunct cell phone, which she uses to “call” and “text” her friends. She’s evidently been practicing text shortcuts, too, because one of her sentences the other day was: He loved 2 C the blossoms. groan!