Adults, by and large, are pretty amenable. Kids are, too. Until you find something they have no desire to do, and then the amount of procrastination, lolly-gagging, and dilly-dallying that goes on can absolutely boggle the mind.
I've lamented M1's writing reluctance before. He goes through phases with it. Sometimes he loves to write; at other times it's like trying to get Jesse Ventura elected governor of Texas. It ain't gonna happen.
M1 and I have been doing some bigger projects over the last couple of months to wrap up the school year. He did a descriptive paper and did well and enjoyed it. He did an opinion paper and did well and mostly enjoyed it. Then, 2.5 weeks ago, I asked him to make up a fiction story. I didn't care how long it was, but it had to include dialogue because we're learning the rules of writing dialogue and he's only used them a time or two. We've worked on the story a little bit at a time since then, and for the first week and a half, he refused to let me see anything he'd done. Last Thursday he finally showed me the "final rough draft." (I figured this would've been the final final draft, but what did I know about his thought process?) It was a great story, except one thing was missing.
Dialogue. The ONE thing I asked him to make sure the story had.
I really, really want him to finish the story this week. Preferably by... ohhhhh... today. Because I really, really want to hit poetry again for a day or two before we start on our final project of the year - a research project that I want to let him combine with Powerpoint to make a presentation he can show to the whole family. I know that he will love this project. It combines his two favorite things - science (because I'm sure he'll pick some sort of scientific topic) and electronics. And hello, who doesn't love Powerpoint?!? But I also know that this project will take at least three weeks to complete, and M2's last day of school is one month away. So we need to get crackin'.
I love my kid. And I love that I get to invent projects that he enjoys so very much. And I love that he thinks that just because he's demonstrated a concept ONE WHOLE TIME he's done with it forever. Sadly, however, that doesn't translate into being motivated enough to finish a project to get to the fun stuff that comes afterward.
It's okay, though. I'm going to show him a sample Powerpoint presentation later today. And if that doesn't light a fire under his skinny lil' derriere, nothing will. Wish me luck.