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    About playing video games with the boy - I have to say I enjoy minecrafting with both my boys. The 4 year old astonishes me with his building sophistication, and the 10yo just likes it when we are all in the same world together (and when I give him little quests).

    Its probably the thing we do together that DS10 and I like the most.
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    Quote Originally Posted by salamandah View Post
    I like the board game ideas. And we have been talking a bit about writing down ideas for "his" game. Yesterday he told me he wants a youtube channel. I haven't the faintest idea where to start with that. Thank you!!
    My daughter has a YouTube channel. I might be able to answer questions about that for you. We didn't let her start her channel until she was twelve, and comments are disabled on all her videos because I don't trust people, but it's been a great experience for her.

    If he is interested in game design and stuff, check out Youth Digital. Homeschool Buyer's Co-op usually has a deal on a package. It's pricey, but it's for an entire year, with support from their staff. My daughter did the Mod Design option and she really enjoyed it. I never mandated it; she just did it because she loved it and she learned a ton in the process.
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    And when you are ready to start school - I can't tell you how many papers I've read by DS detailing favorite Halo weapons. You can take you son's love of gaming and run with it.
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    If he's a gamer and he feels like he isn't getting enough attention from mom, why not find a video game you both like and can play together? My son and husband have several video games that they play together and it's a good bonding time. I don't play video games all that much anymore, but when I do, I find that ones like the Phineas and Ferb games, or the Lego games are more my style. No one dies, and if it takes you 5 tries to jump over the balloon, you just keep jumping over it. Those are also strategic games, so even if it doesn't FEEL like he's learning, he is.

    Btw, as a sneaky way to learn, we use Lego Jurassic World. And then we'll watch documentaries or read up on the dinosaurs in the game. We've printed out coloring sheets to color the dinosaurs, and practiced hand-writing with dinosaur names. We found a website that told us how much each dinosaur ate a day and tried to figure out how many of any particular fruit a dinosaur would need to eat to get that much of all one fruit.

    Meet the kid where he loves to be, and you can get learning in without it feeling like learning. If you can get in fun trips to zoos, or aquariums, or even museums, those are cool mother/son trips that breaks the monotony a bit, and also gives him time where he has ALL of your attention. (watching finding Nemo before going to an aquarium is really fun!) I actually found the deschooling part the hardest part of the first year.

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    Can you listen to audio books together while he plays? And maybe you do some coloring or something?

    Is he into Mine craft? If so, ask him to build something for you. Start with a castle. Then maybe ask for a particular castle. Get an Eyewitness book on Castles from the library and see if he can recreate some. Maybe suggest watching a documentary about how castles were built...then maybe he can make a trebuchet or something.

    I highly recommend getting the book "Mini Weapons of Mass Destruction." Leave it on the table. Maybe make one or two. (All made from common items.) See if he is interested in a contest to see who can shoot a bean the farthest. Slowly.

    Maybe start talking to him about how/what he wants to learn. If he has been in school, he may have the idea that someone needs to "teach" him. Ask him what he might want to learn about next year, what might be fun to do or to make, or a place to go. Start him thinking about what and how he wants to learn.

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