Thank you!

I am running hither and yon, from park meet-up to sleepover to faith formation class and around again, but I wanted to say a huge thank you to everyone who responded to my last post about Five in a Row.

It sounds silly, I know, but having heard that FIAR is so great and kids love it (pets too!), I was feeling like my kid and I were major losers. I am a reasonably confident in many areas of life, but when it comes to homeschooling I am all too ready to concede defeat.

So thanks to all who said they also didn’t have total success with FIAR — honestly, I had been Googling “FIAR didn’t work” just to get a little reassurance that I wasn’t the only one!

I also appreciate the suggestions — I was having one of those freeze-up moments when you forget that there are many ways to skin a cat (or something like that).

I have long known, as Angela suggested, that little Victoria would be taking our family into new places, and me in particular as her “teacher.” And just when I think I’ve adjusted, she brings out another surprise! I guess it helps me to be more understanding of my kids: growing and learning is really hard work, whether you’re 5 or 38.

I know she’s learning to read pretty well — almost entirely on her own — and she’s reasonably pleasant about a doing bit of math every day. That seems like a pretty good start for Kindergarten — let the rest be field guides, if that’s her preference.

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Filed under Curriculum, Learning Styles, Schoolday Doings, Why Homeschool?

2 responses to “Thank you!

  1. Chiming in a little late here to say that even though I know that Violet is profoundly gifted, and Victoria is a little closer to the middle of the curve, that doesn’t mean Little V’s not at least what I would call ‘garden variety gifted.’ She is probably pretty freakin’ bright… and there are going to be lots of things that typical kids enjoy and benefit from that aren’t going to mean much to her. It can be hard to see our smart kids as anything but ordinary, but they are not… I got reminded of this recently when I started working in an afterschool program at a local school and got to see Tim among some of his age-mates. Let’s just say I got a much needed reality check, when I realized (once again) that although he’s pretty typical in our family and among our friends, there are some very good reasons why traditional school doesn’t work for him.

    I’ve been thinking about you all day. Good luck. Sounds like she’s going to have a great K year.

  2. I agree! Plus field guides cover science and maybe social studies themes and reading!

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