I’m a mom of boys. Three of ’em. That’s son #2 (a.k.a Usain Bolt) in the picture sprinting through his third mud puddle… Because that’s what boys do.
Oh the many joys of boys…
If you’re homeschooling a constant bouncing ball of energy, keep reading to find out tips on teaching boys and embracing their mustang spirit.
If you are a mother of one or more boys, you already know that they are different. They are different because they are so defiantly NOT girls. As a mom, you understand girls, you know, being one and all. Boys? Not so much.
Boys tend to be more physical, advancing faster with their gross/large motor skills and often lagging behind on their fine motor skills. Boys get their feelings hurt and get frustrated and embarrassed as often as girls, but their reactions are different. Boys will tell you they are mad and why and then they’re done talking about it. Girls? Well, there are grown women who still hold grudges against girls they knew in second grade. With boys, address things quickly and move on. It’s usually done and forgotten.
If you are homeschooling one or more boys, incorporate movement and activity as often as possible. If you are spelling words or doing other rote tasks, toss a ball back and forth as you work on your project. Take the dog for a walk and work through basic math facts. Many boys do well if you give them a large exercise ball to sit on while doing tasks that require sitting for stretches of time, like writing. Combining your son’s natural restlessness with schoolwork makes schoolwork more fun and manageable.
Hands-on projects can be especially fun with boys if you can let go of your own need to make everything pretty and neat. Let them drop a watermelon from the roof (balcony, patio, table, etc,) during a physics lesson. Build a potato cannon. Why not have a real Viking funeral in the bathtub, complete with burning boat? Build a dummy for Guy Fawkes Day and, after the lesson and dinner, set it on fire in a safe place outside as the sun sets. These things might seem silly, messy and destructive to you, but when your son calls from college to wish you a Happy Guy Fawkes Day, you’ll know it was worth it.
Embrace the craziness. They will learn more and you will laugh more.
(Quick caveat: Yes, not all boys are this way and not all girls are girly. This is simply a quick post involving generalities.)