I am very frustrated and looking for advice. I have 2 boys (13 and 10) that do not enjoy homeschooling (although they do not want to go out to school either) and each day is spent with whining, complaining about not wanting to do their work and me frustrated and wondering if I should give up and put them in school:( They most times cannot narrate anything that we have read and I feel why am I wasting my time? KWIM?
Brief history - they both attended Montessori private school until 4 years ago and I took them out in grades 3 and 1. (several reasons...financial, illness in one and anxiety in another). Anyway, it was very quick with no preparation on my part. I went to the library read the Well Trained Mind and dove in full force imitating school the way I remembered. Within a couple months we experienced tears and burnout (from all of us) and almost quit then. But then I found Ambleside online, and this sounded great! But after a year and a half of this I realized with all the reading I was doing with them they really weren't getting it...I was often faced with blank faces (sometimes my own lol). So after speaking with a more advanced homeschool mom I realized the books were way too advanced and there was definitely no love of learning happening (even for me and I love reading!). So again I researched and found SCM...I love how simply laid out everything is, books can be challenging but not overwhelming, etc, BUT when it comes time each day to get to work it starts again...they will rush through to get it done because they have to and take no interest in learning at all!
I end up frustrated wondering if I should give up, they have no natural love of learning and we are all unhappy...how do you inspire and motivate your children (boys especially) to want to learn?