My dd likes starfall too, I think it helps her read. She just turned 5 and wants to read really bad, but she gets sooo incredibly frustrated easily and cries if she cant remember the word. She always gets frustrated easily with everything, not only reading. I dont push her, but you should see the sparkle in her eyes when she finishes reading one of the little stapled books we made for her older sister.
Yesterday my older dd wanted to look up penguins and babies. We watched something interesting on you tube about them and it was really funny! she learned that the eggs are incubated by the dads and she goes "are dads really better at doing that then the moms?" and "Do the moms go get food while the dads incubate?" I said in the wild sometimes the moms go look for food, just like some moms go to work in the human world.
We had a discussion last night about unschooling. At certain times, I get all worked up about learning. I get nervous about showing the state what we've done and worry about not doing it all and not showing the state etc. Most of the time I am worry free, but certain times i get all revved up with worry. So i took our home learning year by year book and flipped to 2nd grade for dd. i didnt go through the entire curriculum, but the stuff Ive looked at, we have SO done already just in everyday life. I was excited about that. One of the things said "Be able to give an oral report on various subjects such as dinosaurs, plants, animals etc." Do you know how many "oral reports" we have done without meaning? Dd always talks about dinosaurs and her books and she always talks about monkeys, our avocado plant, mice, rats, bats, the moon etc i cant even go into it all. (ds also does this stuff too, but I was focusing on her since I felt badly about her learning ugh) Mostly we learn by talking about things in the car or at the table. We talked about the Bill of Rights because ds wanted to know why is it legal to have a gun in your home. Math we use in everyday life, when i write out checks they are involved, though dd acts like a 2 year old and says "Waaa im going to play upstairs" that really makes me nervous. She doesnt want to be involved in anything we do. Though at the museum she was fantastic! she walked around going "children, children follow me, I am the museum guide and right now we are looking at a weather station. Who can tell me what a tornado is?" so i guess I should stop being so detrimental to their learning and realize she learns in a different way. If i took them to museums everyday, I bet she would meet the curriculum standards. She gets very excited about all of the exhibits. Maybe we should try to visit a different museum every month. I know we are planning a trip to Boston in January so that will be nice. I just need to stop being jerk lol