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I receive questions from people quite frequently about homeschooling and/or parenting boys. I always try to respond to these questions. In the future, however, I’d love to have you write your questions in the comments section below so that other people can also get in on the conversation!
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19 thoughts on “Ask Me a Question”
Hi. I “happened” upon your site while doing a search. I have a kindergartener and I home school a teen as well. We currently have our son in private school. The idea of teaching him to read was just too much for me!! Now I am questioning my decision because it seems like I am paying all this tuition and still doing the teaching details at home in homework. They do work at school, but it seems really basic compared to what we do at home. I am just needing God’s wisdom on this because I just don’t know! I am a little worried about home schooling a boy. I want him to be that adventurous “wild at heart” man and wondering if I can do that having him home with mom and sister. His dad is very active and interested in whatever we do but I am the one at home so he is mostly with me. How do others make this happen? Any help would be greatly appreciated as I am in tears wondering what to do. I want this best for my little man. Lori
Lori, I’m so glad you took the time to write this out. I want to encourage you to take a look around my website even further. Yes, you can teach your son to read! I have a post about that very thing: https://www.homeschool-your-boys.com/learn-to-read.html Go ahead and read that – it will tell you about my experience with teaching my boys to read… and how I was also concerned about that very same thing!!! 🙂
As for being able to let your son be “that adventurous ‘wild at heart’ man,” in my opinion you’ll have much more opportunity to allow him to express that part of himself at home than if he’s in school sitting at a desk all day. If you choose to homeschool your son, that doesn’t mean he’ll only be surrounded by you and your daughter. Get him involved in a play group with other homeschool boys, sign up for a co-op, take him on field trips with other boys…
And a huge benefit of homeschooling is that he can do all of his schoolwork during the day – so that when his dad is home they can do “guy stuff” together instead of being stuck doing endless homework.
If you have any other questions, I’d be happy to try to answer them for you. My gut instinct, though, is if you already homeschool one child and you’re feeling convicted about your son’s education, it may be that God is working on your heart in this area. I don’t know what your spiritual condition is… but I’m a Christian and I would suggest you pray about it. God will give you wisdom on how He wants you to proceed if you ask. 🙂
Take care and I’d love to hear back from you after you’ve come to a decision. I wish you all the best with both of your kids!
Hi..I just found your site while searching for bible curriculums for my 2 preschoolers. I believe we will love yours!! My question is do you have flashcards with the bible verses? I like for them to see the words. Thank you!!
Hi, Lorie! I’m glad you found me. 🙂
Yes, Teach Me About God includes the Bible verses in card format that you can cut out for your kids. They are actually part of the free companion materials which you will download after you purchase the book. (Instructions for doing so are after the title page.)
If you have any other questions, let me know. Otherwise, I hope you and your kids enjoy the lessons!
I’m a 60 yr old woman. (found the article from a post on FB) I have many of the same symptoms. so think I’ll try the suggestions too. And I’m passing this along. PS I homeschooled my 3 sons. Wish I had known this then.
If you’re talking about my “Is Your Son’s Brain Starving?” post, then yes the suggestions do work well for women and for adults. My husband and I have also been following the regimen and we have been very pleased with the results.
Thanks for taking the time to write a comment, Ethel. I’m sure I could learn a ton from you!!! Take care and I hope you enjoy the rest of your weekend. 🙂
Love the “Is your son’s brain starving article” We started our son on flaxseed oil supplements twice, and both times it triggered verbal and motor tics, now three months after the last try, they have not gone away. Is there any kind of diet that could help with tics, or has the items in this article helped anyone with a child with tics?
Do you have any idea when your Colonial curriculum will be coming out? I would really love to use it and I was wondering if I can work it’s release date in my schedule. (Or, perhaps I can try it our early for a review for its release??)
I’m sorry, Phyllis, my Colonial America curriculum has been delayed. I ended up working on my Ultimate Guide to Homeschooling Boys first. I’ll be working on that more this coming year… but you aren’t going to want to wait for it right now… Have you seen my Time Capsule: Medieval England curriculum? That’s the last one I created and I’m pretty proud of the way it turned out. Check it out if you haven’t seen it already: https://www.homeschool-your-boys.com/unitstudies.html.
My son has ADHD, we have tried the supplements with a small amount of success. My question is how to get him interested in reading his Bible or any God related thing. He loves God but hates to read with great passion! I don’t want to punish him into it but I have run out of ideas to encourage him to read his Bible or devotional. I know how important it is for him to have that relationship even if he doesn’t.
It sounds like your son might be an auditory learner. If I were you, I’d try having him LISTEN to the Bible versus reading it. I really enjoy listening to The Bible Experience, which is a completely dramatized and unabridged version, if you’d like to check out something like that. You could also have him listen to podcasts of sermons or other Christian speakers rather than reading a devotional. I hope that helps!
I’m looking for a good book about responsibility, manners, being a gentleman, hygiene, etc for my 11 year old. Thanks
Hi, Vicki. I’m sorry it has taken me so long to respond. I don’t really have any recommendations for you for that type of resource, however, I’ve just posted that question in my Facebook group and some people there will be able to give you some suggestions.
Here’s a link to the Facebook page, to be sure that you see it:
I read that you have a diet suggestion for boys who are hyper active and sensitive to different stimulation (taste, texture, touch, sound) where would I find that on your site?
I have a few different posts you might want to read:
– Kids and Teenagers with Focusing, Attention, or Sensory issues
– Is Your Son’s Brain Starving?
I was very happy to uncover this great site.
I want to to thank you for your time for this wonderful read!!
I definitely appreciated every part of it and I have you book-marked to check out new
stuff on your blog.
Thank-you. I appreciate that!
In our home we have great days and extremely bad days. There’s never an in between. On the days that are extremely bad in my opinion are the days that they aren’t cooperating or seem to not be wanting to think. I don’t know if it’s because they stopped their sport for a while. Do you think this could be a reason? Or has anyone else experienced this? If so, any ideas?
That’s definitely a possibility. Physical activity does help boys to be more able and willing to focus on sedentary tasks. They do much better with their schoolwork when they are involved in basketball or some other intense activity. The other thing which used to throw us off track was if my husband had to work long hours. My boys’ behavior always suffered if he wasn’t around as much to spend time with them.