Casina, that's what I meant when I said that it sounds like a heck of a lot of stuff. It really isn't that much.
Well, maybe it is, but it's all things that BeanBean asks for, and generally in small bites. When I sit down with him to do something, I never plan on more than 15 minutes of "lesson time," more often 5-10. Trouble is, BeanBean is *extremely* taken with these things, and will often ask for "just a little bit more" until I look up at the clock and an hour and a half has gone by.
Sometimes he can be distracted, like I'll ask him to go use the bathroom and he'll come back and not want to "do homeschool" anymore, but other times nothing will break his focus and he'll want to sit for another hour and work.
Writing down all of the materials we use, it looks like I must sit with BeanBean and BooBah and drill them for 12 hours a day... it's a crazy, "how the heck does she ever manage to post here?" kind of thing... but "lessons" are short when mommy-planned/initiated and only longer when the kids drag me to it, kicking and screaming (sometimes literally
). BeanBean has an *extremely* long attention span for a three year old and can become absorbed in something to a great extent. BooBah likewise has a long attention span for a child of her age. Sometimes they both appear to be very "unbalanced;" that is, they'd rather spend all day indoors doing bookwork than jumping around on the bed like little maniacs. I have to admit that when we have several days like that in a row, I get a little nervous; I'm all in favor of learning, and I love to read and research, but even now it strikes me as bizarre when my 3 year old and my 19 month old want to do the same things. It's always a relief when BeanBean finally stops to pretend to be an airplane and BooBah starts putting non-food items in her mouth again. Well, not a relief, but at least they look normal for a little while, you know?
My kids are weird, I guess that's what I'm saying.
The schedule which BeanBean imposes on himself is *much* more than I would ever spontaneously impose on a child of his age. BooBah is even crazier, I'm still very nervous about formally educating her at all becuase she's soooo young, but she's desperate to learn and I feel guilty when I try to keep her from it. At her age, she's even more difficult than BeanBean to distract; I sit down with a book, she climbs into my lap and wants me to read and point out letters to her.
She often climbs into my lap when I'm posting here and picks out all the familiar letters on the screen, and then gets irritated when the screen jumps and throws a fit when I say, "I need to stand up so I can pee..." They've both got an intensity of focus when it comes to learning that is unusual. Well, I shouldn't say that: it's extremely common in gifted children, but when it comes to the normal world of children their ages it's totally bizarre. I love them dearly, but I freely acknowledge that they, like their parents, are freaks.
It's difficult even for me, and I was a kid who made BeanBean's laser-like focus look typical and normal; by the time I was three, I refused to go out of the house without a book at all and wouldn't have been caught dead pretending to be an airplane and jumping around on the bed.
I'm having a bad day today. The firebolts have started shooting down my leg. I want to crawl into bed and mentally amputate my right leg.
I'm not going to get anything done, and I'm so freaking depressed about it, and BeanBean is already asking "where did you put my 'homework?'" It's not even noon yet. I wish I could call Mike and tell him to come home...