It’s fall, it’s fall, it’s fall!!!!!!
Oklahoma style anyway.
The weather is finally cooler and looking to stay that way, we might even need to get out the boxes of clothes to do the dreaded “switching of seasons”. I honestly can’t wait. Weird, I know, but I love this time of year, it makes summer almost worth it.
School is puttering along but I think I’ve hit a road block with a certain kindergartner that I know. He seems to be struggling to learn his letters (by sight) and I’ve got to admit I feel a bit like I’ve met my match! He’s gotten the first four down. Not sure what it is about A-D that he connects with so well, but he does. We’ve not progressed past E-H, at all. Not even a little bit. We’ve been working on the alphabet for a year and a half now. He can sing his ABC’s, but those letters are just giving him a run for his money!
I was looking more into Montessori type activities to open up a door, or window (I’ll take what I can get) if I can. It’s funny that after all these years of homeschooling I’ve never done anything Montessori on purpose. I have liked what I’m reading, but the thought of starting something new, again, is overwhelming.
So, trying to evaluate where we’re at, what we want to do, and what our goals are. Are we serving a time line with our children’s education? Do I care if it takes until he’s 7 to “get it”? Yeah. Probably not, sort of. I don’t know. Is it time to walk away for a bit, just do a simple “say the alphabet and go over cards” relaxed approach while reading amazing books for his nature study and counting everything in sight? I think it might be, for both of us. We’re talking about God, we’re talking about nature and doing experiments. We’ve got it on the schedule to go on nature walks and relax. We can count so many, many things.
I think it’s so easy to get wrapped up in a time line of what “education” is supposed to look like that we forget to look at what the child looks like. What his needs are and how best to meet them. My little Kindergartner needs to be outside exploring, climbing and jumping to his heart’s content. He needs to know who he is in the family he has and the community we live in. He needs to know that God loves him and watches over him and that He died for him. He needs to know his letters, yes, but he will. In time. Right now the sweet little monkey needs to feel secure, and not stressed, he needs to know he’s smart and capable, and that’s what I need to be teaching him.