Join Date: Aug 2002
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We're definitely homeschooling, but the approach will likely evolve. We currently favor unschooling. I do get out the math rods and play train games with ds1, casually asking him questions. Lots wouldn't consider that real unschooling, because I'm intending to further his knowledge. We still stand strongly on the unschooling side. Ds is very strong-willed, hates performing and is resistent to being led. He basically chose unschooling, not us.
I found out recently that he can add/subtract single-digits in his head. And he read an unfamilar word in a unfamiliar Dr Seuss book, based on the rhyme and the first letter sound. But then, he stopped abruptly. If he thinks it's become a performance, he stops. He hates having attention placed on him and he's a perfectionist. So, he dictates the agenda and the pace. I think he'd get lost in school, because he's not the type to like attention and competition. And he cannot be persuaded to stop in the middle of a task. He must complete it, regardless of what else is going on.
I always add the disclaimer that we don't know if ds is gifted. I always feel paranoid about this sort of thing.