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I had a real duh! moment today. DD1 is fascinated with money and time at the moment. For the money she mostly just wants to hold onto it, but she was very proud to help daddy pay for the groceries yesterday (she contributed $.17 and was so cute, all puffed up and proud of it). She also has a very strong need to control as much as she can and transitions are really tough for her. We have been teaching her how about clocks and that when the big hand moves 2 numbers, that is 10 minutes, etc. It really helps with knowing that it is almost time to go without getting irritated at me for reminding her every 10 seconds. I had this twinge today of realizing that most math curricula introduce it in 1st or 2nd grade "maybe I shouldn't be working on this with her yet - she is only 4." Duh! The point of homeschooling is that when she is into clocks and coins she can learn about clocks and coins and whatever she is "supposed" to be learning can wait until she is ready for it. She doesn't have to do time and money if she doesn't want to, but there is no reason to withold from her if it is giving her something positive. It was a real reality check - obviously I still have some deschooling of my own to work through <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/duck.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Duck">:<br><br>
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I had a similar feeling this year when we started homeschooling my ds. A year ago, he was starting to get interested in reading, so I started some phonics & sight words, which he was picking up pretty well- very informal, but he loved it, yk?<br>
I told a friend, who is a public school teacher, and she told me not to let him learn too much too fast because then he'd be bored and act up in school.<br>
And I actually stopped. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"><br>
Now that we're homeschooling and he's already starting to sound out small words on his own, I realize that the beauty of homeschooling is not having to hold him back when he's ready to move on just so that he won't act up in school. He can learn what he wants and is ready for. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">
 

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Good for you for following your dk's needs. That's one of the main reasons I hs. Dd isn't the type to follow anybody's directions and the way we do school we don't have to argue about the "right" way.
 

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I have been realizing similar things lately about my 4 yo ds - I had been trying to not do too much because I don't want to rush him but then he gets bored so I realized that we can learn about things in whatever order or timeline we want.<br><br>
It is really freeing to follow his interests (and mine!) instead of his "grade level"
 

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Yah!<br><br>
I've had people ask me what my daughter's reading level is. Um, I don't know what level but she can read what she wants. She will pull out her old toddler books and read those. She moves onto Tintin comics after that and then maybe a book on Greek myths. She reads what she wants, no matter what level. And she gets whatever she wants out of it.
 
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