Do you let your child lead in all subjects or do you require them to do certain subjects such as math, reading and writing at a certain time/speed?
How does it work for your family? Do you ask them what they want to study that day or prepare unit studies or what?
I am asking these questions because of my son. He is 7 and struggled to catch on with school for a while. He is now reading and does well in math..however he loves to learn on his own (meaning he loves to choose what he learns) I hate to see that look of dread on his face when I tell him it is time for math or writing or reading. I realize these subjects are important, that is why I am asking how you all do it.
This past week we have been on a break from school for winter break. He has learned so much on his own with me just helping him when he asked! This morning we sat down for half an hour with his new science book (he asked for it for Christmas) and he absorbed it all like a sponge! I love seeing him absolutely love to learn like that.
I have seen some families who do math two to three times a week at the young ages to keep them moving along but also leave lots of time for for them to learn on their own.
He has also really struggled with grasping spelling and some of the writing. I do not think anything is necessarily wrong, I think his brain is just not ready yet.
I guess I am just confused and I worry that pushing him along like we have been doing is going to kill his love for learning. I already see it happening. But then, I also worry about 'slacking off'
Part of me wants to throw out the way we have been doing school and try something completely different for a little while. We would still work ahead slowly in Math and Reading. But push writing and spelling to the back burner for a while. As much as I hate to halt our progress he is only 7 and I want him to have fond memories of learning at home as a child.
Sorry if I am rambling.
Anyone have any advice or tips?