BeanBean is not a fluent reader yet; he can do simple books and anything to do with maps ("longitude" is right there, "tree" requires effort
We are working on a schedule. The fact is... the boy would happily sit at a desk for seven or eight hours if I would keep throwing things at him. Today we did relatively little (only spent three hours on school) and tonight he's wound up and weird. He needed more, but I was so exhausted I kept putting them off and sending them outdoors.
I need some kind of balance, for the sanity of all of us. BeanBean is somewhat... driven? to learn right now. Maybe obsessed is closer to the truth.
It's difficult to explain, because I know most people would find it hard to believe that a child his age who isn't clearly on the autism spectrum would want to do anything for eight solid hours, but my son most assuredly would when it comes to learning. I don't know how else to put it, he is really and truly obsessed. Another poster at MDC likened it to him falling on a feast like he'd been starved, and that's really what it looks like. I've always known that BeanBean enjoyed formal school work (why else would I have bought workbooks for him at 20 months when all he could do was draw circles and lines?
) but now he's got a mission, a goal, a purpose-- he is a KINDERGARTENER, and this means SO much to him. He's a real school student.
BeanBean has no idea of what goes on in a typical classroom. He doesn't really understand that if he was to go to school with the little boy two houses down, he would a) have to wait until next year, b) receive material that wasn't remotely as challenging as what he's doing now and c) be forced to move in lock-step with his class, rather than at his own (lightening-fast) pace. All he knows is that he's finally a real kindergartener... and unbeknownst to me, this has apparently been a goal of his for some time now.
I know, I know... so many parents wish they had these problems... but I seriously want to like, go to sleep.
I'm so exhausted... letting Bean fly along through his work, but at this level it requires a great deal of parental involvement. Then there's BooBah-- BooBah is three years old, but the kindergarten curriculum which Bean is eating like candy actually seems to have been designed with her in mind. It starts where she needs to start, and moves along at a steady pace with plenty of repetition. If I had the kindergarten math course (I don't; Bean tested into the first grade level) I'd have no trouble believing that BooBah could do this course over a full year. What Bean will complete in a few months (tops), BooBah could do right now as well, but it would take her until late spring (which is how long this is *supposed* to take
). She wants to do kindergarten, too... but she can't keep up with her brother, who is 19.5 months older than she. So of course I can't work with them at the same time, and both of them are *very* demanding of my attention-- they really need one-on-one help.
In an ideal world... I'd hire someone to trade off with me, working with one child and then the other, and a third person to chase Bella and keep her from eating random non-food items. Some classes both kids can do together-- music, and art, for example... but BooBah needs to actually do the kindergarten history curriculum if she's ot learn it, and BeanBean is doing a much more in-depth curriculum loosely based on the kindergarten one because I want it to last the whole month (rather than the week or two it would take him if I did it by the book, so to speak). The reality is that i'm one person with *extremely* limited resources; financially, emotionally, physically... I'm just so drained...