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Subject: Re: Nephew self-home school? Date: 6/15/2007 4:24 PM
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Wow! but for his age, he sound IDENTICAL to my step son. He's 14 and going into 7th grade next year. He moved in with us at the beginning of the school year last year after failing school twice while living with his dad. He did better with us. His lowest grade in the end was a 76%; still a "D" but not like the 29's he got under his father's pervue. Toward the end he lost motivation and got many zeros for homework and because he's very social, he likes going to school. All year he cheerfully went to school. He just didn't want to do the work he was given to do.

Even now I have a system that I put together for him in order to try to improve on his reading or at the very least prevent some academic apathy when he returns to school in August. He has to earn computer priviliges and Playstation 2 priviliges by reading a story once a week and answering questions on it. If he does it he earns 2 hours a day of both things until the next week. If he doesn't do it, he doesn't get priviliges. So far, he hasn't done any, but the summer has only just begun and him and his sister are going to camp next week while my partner and I go to Florida to see my mother and get some vacation in.

I'm hoping that at 14 he's still flexible to change, but like your nephew he has an aversion to anything academic. My fear is that he'll really struggle next year but I've told him that if he can get all "C's" and above in EVERYTHING in 7th grade that I'll buy him a PS 3. Your nephew is 18. Sometimes they have to do things on their own, suffer natural consequences in order to learn the lessons that they have to learn as hard as that might be to do. He might be a candidate for a GED path as well.
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