Thursday, January 29, 2009
Ok so now we're "eclectic"
Doesn't that sound lovely? "Eclectic". It just means that now we do things that some people might recognize as school but not so much so that it might confused for an actual curriculum :)
Everyday after breakfast we do one lesson in "100 Easy lessons for teaching your child how to read" this is what's called, "the DISTAR program and I highly recommend it for any kid wanting to learn to read. It is amazing and really showed me what I was doing wring in the teaching to read department.
The sound blending and step by step approach is easy and quick.
Johanna is learning quickly and even Michael comes over and does the sounds with us. who knows maybe they'll learn to read at the same time.
Wouldn't that be great?
I don't really like or even think it is necessary to push academics but reading feels different to me.
Once kid a can read their whole world changes and they can do and learn anything. So, I am not unschooly enough to leave learning to read up my child. Perhaps if she were struggling, and seriously fighting it, I might consider postponing it; as I did with handwriting but, since she is catching on I see no reason to slow down simply b/c it was my idea and not hers.
So our workload looks now like:
Learning to read everyday for 10 minutes
Johanna has just started an amazing music class and has already decided she wants to play the violin. She goes every week...seriously I wish it were more.
She is also signed up for 4 winter classes at the swamp. The first one got canceled already due to snow and ice. Seems to me they are going to have to hold the winter class in the Spring.
So then the rest of the day consists of playing, picking up toys and alternating being best friends with her brother and fighting him for everything.
I look forward to the day where I hear hr reading to him just like my sisiter did for me.
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