I am soooooo frustrated. The screaming! The screaching! The frustration! The tension! Absolutely ridiculous! This would go so much faster if he would stop getting so stubborn. If he would stop throwing mini tantrums every other second in an attempt to get out of doing the work. If he would at least show an effort in wanting to learn this! I know he can do it - that is what makes it more frustrating. Then he throws in the "I am stupid!" "O.K. this is getting us nowhere - just go to bed." I asked him why he didn't fall apart and act like this at school. He replied, "Because I am a good boy." I told him I am so sick of teachers saying, "He doesn't behave like that at school." I want the same respect he shows teachers. Especially when he ASKED me for help - it wasn't my idea to help at this hour. Reminds me of when I was in VoTech and this guy my dad's age was jealous that I was the one the other students would ask advise of so he would always ask me a question and then tell me my answer was wrong. I finally told him to stop asking me since he was only going to disrespect my answers (which were not wrong). Now I suspect difficult child will have a nightmare tonight because he is going to bed upset! We have never had this issue with spelling and memory. And he will come away with A's on both. UGH!!! He needs to spell "nauseous" (thank you Pooky) and "turquoise" along with other not so hard words. I believe he will do fine. Then, his memory work this week is one of those long two verses that don't make sense as to the flow of the words - just a list of words, "neither _________ nor _________, neither ________ nor _________, neither ______ nor ______, not _______, neither ______ nor ______ ect." It truly is memory of a list of things. We discovered last year that although difficult child has super wonderful memory skills in verses, he does not memorize a list well (like the books of the bible - we just could not do that one - notice how I say "we"? It is because I end up memorizing also while helping him and I can't memorize the books of the bible either). Now I know why we do not study at night. It doesn't work for me to help him in the evening - I do my best help in the morning on the way to school. He will need to learn to study at night without me! Better for him to learn now and just review with me in the mornings. I better go check on him and have him do the stress eraser if he is still awake! Ugh Ugh Ugh.