I stop myself, breath and attempt to let it go.
I decide refocus is needed (also known as distraction). I start working on this website that I am wanting to get up online. I become enthralled, focused on detail, free. The boys come by to ask me a question ... 'I am busy" I tell them. 'With what?' They ask. They peer over my shoulder, curious. What are you working on.
After a bit of explanation of my goals and my whys, they are so excited. 'Can we make a website too?'
Next thing I know my 11 year old who generally avoids to write is typing intros for his favourite characters. And my 8 year old who usually cares less about how he spells a thing is looking up words and asking all kinds of questions. My 8 year old then gets out his video camera and decides he wants to add video and pictures and all these great ideas come flowing through him.
They are inspired, excited, motivated, and learning!
By the end of the day they had their core of their site up and online. Now they can't wait to add more and create more websites on all their topics of interest.
It really is true that the best curriculum out there is life!