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If your School Year is not Progressing as You had Planned

Are you discouraged, disappointed, or depressed as you reflect upon your homeschooling so far this school year?  Let’s take a few minutes to evaluate the symptoms of your dissatisfaction and consider possible solutions:

“It’s Too Hard!” 

Is your student prepared and ready for this level of academics?  Just because a text has a certain grade level printed on its cover that seems to match the chronological age of your student does not mean that your student can handle all of the work within its pages.

If your student is struggling to write a sentence or a paragraph, this may not be the right time to teach an essay.  If your student hasn’t really mastered subtraction, that “hole” will impact long division as well.  Backtrack!  Review!  Re-teach!  Be sure your student demonstrates proficiency in the basics of a particular skill or subject before expecting him or her to advance.

Assess developmental readiness.  We don’t expect babies to walk until they are pulling themselves up to a standing position.  Likewise, is your student demonstrating readiness for the particular concept or skill you are trying to teach?  For example, there are important developmental integrations that need to happen before your student is ready to learn to read and hormonal changes in puberty that add key aspects to student’s abstract reasoning abilities.  Sometimes delay is the best teaching strategy.

“I Don’t Like It!”

If you spent hours researching different curriculum options and were really excited when you found this one particular resource, it is exasperating to hear this comment from your student. Continue reading