It is so nice to hear about your inspirations. We've had an inspiration struggle
this past week - my sixth grader and I just are not inspired by Rome...so after doing what we wanted with it, we have moved the focus into the Gauls and the Ancient Britons. It is Gaul, as Jessica said, "that speaks to the child at a very deep level." We're dropping Rome a week early.
I also am inspired by the seasons, nature and my children. The snow which has welcomed us to the Plains this year is just amazing! Like chfriend, I'm totally enjoying this even though they've declared this state a disaster area!
I like seeing my children's eyes light up
, so when we're doing something that doesn't sparkle them now and then, well, I just don't want to do it (like Rome). The Germanic people lived a very earthy life. The runes are just amazingly interesting. If anything, we resent the Romans for bringing urbanization and the modern sense of power/ego.
My first grader and I are oin a cuddly stage. I think he's in a growth spurt and wants to be babied a bit. He's LOVED the simple songs and alphabet stories, but we're on to his favorite subject, math
, next week.
Michelle, I haven't used the Write Approach but hear its great, I would however, highly recommend Rachel Carson's books
to your son (other than Silent Spring of course). They are all filled with her unique sense of wonder.
Jay, IMHO, fostering his imagination
will take him much farther in life than early "reading" and math. Most kids who are forced to learn to read early take on a "parrot" approach to it and don't really comprehend much. Let him play with the world for a while, if he teaches himself to read, great! If he doesn't, just start sometime around 6 1/2 or 7, when you sense that he is ready.
The imagination, however, will take him to new worlds of creativity and discovery
as an adult - those thngs that computers cannot do for us! Let him play and discover a while. I've put together some resources about this on my site here
Annette, that verse is just lovely!
Have a marvelous day everyone,