My 13 year old nephew has moved in with my parents next door to me. He's a wonderful child who has not had a healthy role model. He was in many fights in school and is below his level in academics. He does NOT do well in public schools at all! It's due to the way my sister raised him. But, now he is here (next door) and we (my mother and I) have decided to both home school him. My mom ordered all the materials and I will be teaching him Math, Computer Skills, Typing and Reading. Yesterday was a very difficult day. It was our first day with Math. He is definately behind but I was positive through the whole experience. It took him 3 hours to understand the Periods of a number. You know... ones, tens, hundreds, thousands, ten thousands, etc. At this rate we are not going to get through the material to keep him on track. I've taught adults to read in the past and have trained many adults for work purposes. But, this is new to me. Can anyone please help me with teaching skills
I think that you and your mother have made a wonderful decision and someday your nephew will thank you! Don't get discouraged too easily and ignore the remarks made by those who don't know what they are talking. The beauty of home education is that you work at his pace and that his teacher loves him and has more to gain than a paycheck. Don't spend 3 hours on something, put it down and come back to it later. He probably started to feel frustrated (and dumb) because he wasn't "getting it" and it was so simple for you. Be patient with him and give him lots of praise for a job well done (no matter how small it seems to you). Your praise and love are what he needs more than any schooling right now. Spend some time at first with some hands on educational stuff like going to the museum or walking in the woods. Make learning an adventure and relationship building time. Remember that since you are working one on one with him, you have plenty of time to make up for what some would call lost time. Good Luck and God Bless your homeschool! P~ A piece of pipe is 303/4 inches long. If five pieces, each 41/3 inches long, are cut from the pipe, how many i
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