Making It Work

Recently, a conversation arose on social media about how I make Weaver more interesting for students in the 7-12 Supplements. My answer was simple: I don’t. I just make sure it’s educational. I encourage my children to follow any “Rabbit Trails” they find interesting so they can learn more, but it’s not my job to entertain them every minute. They are in high school, after all. I expect them to find ways to stay interested on their own. When they move out and begin their lives on their own, I won’t be there to entertain them. They may not always find a sermon (or their job, for that matter) exciting. THEY need to be responsible for finding interest in the world around them–they need to stay interested without someone else making it interesting for them.

So, how do I teach my high school students? We talk about our topics, we laugh and joke, and sometimes we get serious and teary-eyed. I use visuals as much as possible for science by hooking my computer to the TV. We share the reading when there are long chapters. Often, I give an assignment and they do the work on their own, after I’m done talking–much like a college course (Talk, talk, talk; here’s your assignment; blah, blah, blah; turn it in Friday.)

We told our children early on that public school is NOT an option. My husband and I try to model an attitude of acceptance: we do things we don’t like because we have to, and we don’t complain– we just deal with it and move on with life. Once the children are in 11th grade they can attend the local tech college daily to get a start on their college credits and life skills. But, if they can’t do the work I ask them to do, I will assume they won’t work at Tech–and then they don’t get to attend.

I also add in electives, like LIFEPACs, to allow them to work independently (e.g., 
Accounting, Art, Astronomy). My job is to educate my children. I cannot force them to feel happy or to be interested in something. If they don’t learn this now–to find joy in life–they’ll be miserable adults.

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