Here is a favorite "classic" discussion in the archives to help with ideas for productive afternoons (or whenever school is done).teach4 wrote:How do people who had "advanced" students keep up with the learning curve and their constant desire for stimulation? My 8 yr old son is a very rapid learner. He flies through a week of adventures in 3 days and we supplement with a lot of library books.
I plan to add in Rosetta Stone eventually but am not in a position to purchase it right now. I have him in classes 2 mornings a week through a homeschool resource center. There are not many homeschool families in our immediate area, and our neighborhood is not conducive for him to be outside past the boundaries of our yard. I make sure all the kids are outside a minimum of an hour a day, but I usually have to be out there with them.
Because he has three younger siblings I can't become to involved in helping him with extra projects. So the afternoons often become very long for him. God has put it on my heart to homeschool but my mind keeps wondering if it is better to put him back in public school where someone else can occupy him. I am frazzled and exhausted trying to keep up with younger childrens basic needs and the older ones emotional needs. Any thought/encouragement would be a blessing.
Many many many years ago when I was in elementary school they used that same label on me that your son has. Speaking a bit from that perspective of "being smart and bored"....
Don't forget to have them learn how to cook, how and when to clean, and help them to find a productive hobby (craft, art work), and finding ways to help others (service). If you aren't already having some kind of schedule for him to follow to help with time management, consider setting up something like that to help him use him free time more productively.
Hang in there... the whole year is a learning curve for everyone that first year of homeschooling. My kids don't have a lot of other homeschoolers to hang out with either.