I picked up Five in a Row to be a nice “spine” or background for Victoria’s home learning.
So far — not much luck.
True, last week she was feverish and vomiting. But before that the Story of Ping had her sobbing hysterically at the part where Ping is temporarily separated from her family, and I couldn’t even get through it a second time. She did enjoy drawing water with me.
This week and last when I have tried to read a story two days in a row she has said, “Again?!”
I’m thinking she’s resistant and bored, and I’m really hesitant to push with a little kid. Then again, I’m really hesitant to let my little stubborn, willful, whiny one pout her way out of anything that mom suggests. If I let it go at 5, what will it be at 15?!
I told her we’d keep at it for a few more weeks, but I don’t know if I have it in me. Part of the problem is that I feel some personal distress at having a child who
seems is resistant to literature-based learning. What?! My child?! Oh the shame, oh the agony! This internal struggle mucks up my ability to think clearly about the parenting and educational issues involved in dumping FIAR today.
If it were just Victoria, I wouldn’t even have a curriculum for her, except maybe something to help with math. (Though I find myself closing the workbook and drawing things and getting out toys as counters, etc.) But with Violet sitting down and studying Chinese and German this year, not to mention the history, English, math, science, and geography, Victoria acts like she wants in on the studious action . . . sort of.
Arrggghh! Why can’t my children be exactly the same?!