for the past year something has been developing for my eldest. He is bored. I get it. He loves interaction things, specifically playing fooseball, street hockey, aikido, soccer, going to the skate park (weather has ended that) . . . and while he has opportunities each day to get physical, he'd like it 24/7 please. we try to play with him but we have other kids, our own interests, and family life that call our attention too.
In past years he was more 'into' solo pursuits (reading Harry Potter, drawing comics, building with Lego) but not so much now. We have introduced him to the internet, to following a simple interest into a world of odd links and ideas. doesn't grab him.
Other homelearners his age that we know are more 'schooled', though still very loosely and child's-interest-based. they have planned routines to their day and are (in a nice way) forced/encouraged to research samurais, or old boats or build WWII planes with lego or whatever. they make things based on ther learning, etc. I see them and know my son would not like things that way, the forcing of pursuing interests, but the end result is an engaged kid who's creative, task-oriented ideas are carried out. Even if i wanted to suddenly go this route (which we don't) he has no interests to start from and nothing we've exposed him to has sparked anything.
We have talked about the value in boredom, of the daydreaming and grea ideas that can come. but we also talk and acknowledge that it can suck and feel crappy. i recall myself and my brother becoming really into solo pursuits at this age (me dancing, him drawing) and my son understands that maybe a big interest is on it's way.
We've talked about hobbies, that I get up in the morning and am excited to knit/read/sew/bake/play my neglected violin. He wants a hobby, but nothing I think of interests him. I only know what I like, ykwim?
We've tried guitar, comic drawing, model building, writing, crafting, etc . . . but nothing sticks for him. He's starting to feel like he's just getting through each day, doing a puzzle, waiting for an interest to strike.
What do we do? Is there a huge list of hobbies? What does your son get up and do each morning that excites him?