(ADVISORY: Animals were harmed in the making of this blog post.)
DL is homeschooling now! He was having trouble staying on task at school, so we brought him home for a while and he seems to be blossoming. I don't know if it's going to be long-term or temporary, but so far he's enjoying it. We thought he wasn't motivated to study, but it turns out that he was one of the reasons he was frustrated at school was that he would read about subjects and his interest would go much deeper than what was presented in the text, but the teachers couldn't take the time to discuss things with him the way he wanted. So we've been doing a LOT of talking about everything under the sun. To the point that it's a struggle sometimes to get to my other work (office projects for the church and school), but I'll figure out a way to make it work. This is clearly what he needs at this time. He's also asking a lot of questions about spiritual issues. It's so inspiring to see him growing in the Lord.
It's fun for me to be homeschooling an older kid. If he were in school right now he would be studying about worms and insects (that was the next module he was scheduled to do). But instead he joined us in the garden this morning while we planted some winter crops, and we dug a worm up out of the compost pile, observed it for a while, and then cut it open. From this he learned two things. One was what a worm looks like inside and out. The other was that he does not want to be a surgeon when he grows up. We're going to follow it up with visits to some worm web sites.
One thing that he seems to enjoy is cooking, an area where my husband also excels. I rarely have to fix breakfast any more.