Homeschooling a reluctant teenager is hard. Let me tell you why I am advocating homeschool games in high school. Furthermore, add in a social change such as homeschool and an attitude will plummet quickly. Many years ago without much preparation we were guided into homeschooling my teen. He wasn’t happy, and I was worried.
Preconceived ideas were in my head of a happy little student that loved his new seat in the homeschool room. That was just a dream, because I had a very reluctant teen. Consequently, all of that changed with a little work on my part. Our relationship had to be built as mom/teacher, and not just mom.
Fast forward several years and he is in college. His major is business finance. Now, math is his favorite subject, and his future looks bright. Now I have another semi reluctant teenager in the house, with a few more in the upcoming years’ .
I have found that through homeschool games reluctance is lost. Even teenagers like to have fun. The games may look different than they did in preschool, but who doesn’t like to play and learn?
Best Ways to Teach with Games
Math was one of his worst subjects. Actually, it was one of the main reasons’ that I pulled him from public school. All subjects are so important to success in this world. Learning never stops. Moreover, for him to struggle and be frustrated in this area reminded me of my feelings toward math.
First, I had to get him to listen and cooperate with school. I did make up fun games for math and other subjects. The cost would simply be whatever I had on hand or board games. Sometimes I used hula hoops, and other times board games like Yahtzee.
Similarly, frustration brings about all kinds of disconnect when it comes to learning. After about a year into homeschooling, my son started to open up to learning at home. He still had a social life, and the world did not end, plus we were having fun.
By the time he reached his second year of high school math and science were his top two subjects.
Research on Homeschool Games
5. Trust your instincts. No one knows their child better than a mom. Dig deep and use the mom voice. Get some of his ideas for what is interesting.
Research and Plan Activities with Homeschool Games
In addition to books, adding in hands-on learning with homeschool games really helped. For example, use another form of learning for older kids to supplement bookwork creates interest. Games trigger different parts of the brain. From this, research topics and then look up board games or make homemade games, Mental games, crosswords or bingo work well too.
Each week my son saw me take his lessons add in some fun, and educational field trips. Games and science experiments took the place of worksheets.
Building a Relationship with a Reluctant Teenager
A teenager at home is rewarding. We had so many chances to get to know each other. Finally, my son was on board when he saw the research and time that I was putting into his education. The best part was his reluctance diminished as I let him be more in charge of his education.
Games became a great relationship builder between us.
Lastly, I can proudly say that he has all the intellectual tools to do well in his future.
Getting him to a place to learn was key for the process. Instead of pushing him ahead to something else, we worked on and mastered his skills. After that, we would build on the next skill.
One of the reasons that I decided to homeschool was because my son was doing very poorly in Math. Reasons why I had done poorly in this area, and it still haunts me. So, I homeschooled.
Teenagers do turn around. Homeschooling a reluctant teenager is easier with tools in the homeschool teachers belt. From this post, I hope that a homeschool mom finds a tool or idea that she can use to help on a day when it seems impossible.
Homeschool Games of Educational Equivalent
Finally, homeschool games should be equivalent to lessons or curriculum. For me, I go by the state standards of what is necessary for my high schooler to learn, then tweak it a bit to create a fun game.
Making up games is a lot of fun, and builds a bond between homeschooler and homeschool mom. For more tips on frugal homeschooling games, frugal living, and running a suburban homestead sign up for my newsletters.
I have a sixth grader who isn’t cutting it in public school right now either. I have one more thing in my bag of tricks, but homeschooling him always plays in the back of my mind. Thanks for the encouragement!
That is funny, homeschooling started for us after a bad year in the 6th grade. It was a pivotal point for him and me.
I have three teenage boys.
They all have their challenges with homeschool, but math has been difficult for me two out of three, and just general motivation if a challenge foe one in particular. The more I push, the more he does. Not a good situation.
I’ve found that involving him in a practical project that he enjoys (building, for example) motivates him the most. He has to see math in the practical world. That so far is his best motivator.
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I remember reading that book when my kids were younger. I think I may still have it. Maybe I should get it out again. I’ve homeschooled since the very beginning, but teens can be a bit challenging at times!