Young boys come equipped with amazing energy. Too often in our school systems, the rambunctious and active personalities of their God-ordained natures get them labeled “hyperactive “ or worse. While I do agree that there are cases of chemical imbalance in some children, there is vast abuse in diagnosis.
When my young boys obviously needed a physical break from studying, I utilized many strategies. If there was obvious house work to be done that would use their extra testosterone, then “Molly Maids” would take on a whole new look that morning. One of my “go-to” exercises ☺ was to have them run around the outside of the house a number of times while I timed them (yeah, right).
Boys are in particular need of physical education. An elementary school close to us recently decided to omit P.E. in the fourth grade. Their rationale: the students would not have it the next year in middle school, so they did not want them to get used to it. Take that rule to the logical conclusion!
Our twelve-year-old now has 17 chickens, some of which he raised from incubated eggs. Because we live in the country, we have had chickens killed by raccoons, coyotes, and skunks. Tim decided that in order to protect them and allow them free range, he would design a huge framed structure coated with chicken wire that could be moved from acre to acre to not only fertilize our land, but allow the chicks to keep the land relatively “bug-free.” He dubbed it a “chicken tractor” because it is so large that the only way he can transport it is with the aid of his farm tractor.
The other day, Luke had to get the chickens out so that his dad could lift and move the contraption. So, Luke not only had to chase them out, but also had to do the really hard part: GET THEM BACK IN. Chickens are not exceptionally smart, and they run from anyone—even a protector. Safe to say, after this chore was finished, Luke had had enough outside activity to be able to focus on our Apologia science textbook.
We are homeschoolers: use your freedom and creativity to design those activities that enhance learning.