hsm wrote:I am looking ahead to next year when my rising 7th grader will be expected to start working more independently. She is not a very independent learner. She wants me to be with her the whole time she does school. She needs a lot of direct instruction. I do not mind doing this to be honest but I know I need to start nudging her along in the direction of independence. She will be doing the 7th grade recommendations (science, math, progeny press) and I think (correct me if I am wrong) they are geared toward the student to foster independence.
How/when did your child start to work toward this goal. I don't intend to leave her to her own devices right off the bat but I want to encourage some independence and self starting skills so that when we get to high school she is better prepared for the work load/expectations. I know that children mature at different rates and there is a long time between 7th and high school but if any seasoned homeschoolers here can give me some pointers that would be great. This is my dawdler that has some challenges that make independence a little more difficult (at least for now). I thought about workboxes. She is very visual but doesn't do well with a student planner. She often forgets to write things down or mark things off. we are working on this. Any suggestions? Or anyone else's child still need a lot of hand holding at this age?
My oldest is in 8th grade this year. She is dyslexic, so she probably needs more hand-holding than other 8th graders.
When in 7th, I started her a couple of weeks before my boys. We got into routines and habits. I did Science, Math, and Language Arts with her. As she gained confidence, I backed off. It was a very gradual thing. I checked (and still check) her work daily. I print off a sheet that has her daily assignments. We go over them together at the end of the day. Now, in 8th grade she does science by herself (unless there is a lot of math or a science experiment) and Language Arts (except Spelling - we use All About Spelling, so that's teacher intensive) by herself. We're in ECC this year, so she is now doing the Country Summary Reports by herself (but at the beginning of the year we did the first 2 or 3 together), the Geography worksheets by herself (but, again, the first set or set and a half, we did together), Spanish by herself, etc.
Math is the one subject that we do together still. I read the lesson to her, work the examples on the board, and sit with her while she does the problems, checking her work along the way. (Sounds like the DIVE CD, but she needs to see a person.) We set a timer for 1 hour, and then stop (that's about all she can do in a day of math, which makes it challenging when there is lots of math in science!).
Work on it gradually. Start with one thing to do independently. Then another. I've been amazed to see the growth in her this last year.