My dh and I were talking about our boys (twins) the other day, and thinking we probably wouldn't start doing K with them until they are 6. My dd started K when she was 5, but she was ready. (We tried doing Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons when she was 4, but got to lesson 42 and just decided she wasn't ready yet.)dltenhaken wrote:This is our first year of homeschooling and my 5 year old ds who will be 6 next month is just not interested in learning to read at all. He does love for us to read to him, and we do everyday. But, he just refuses to do any more phonics. I am thinking about postponing the formal teaching with him and concentrating on reading to him and playing educational games with him.
I could really use some more ideas and encouragement right now. Thanks and blessings to all of you wonderful hs mommies,
Lori in Ohio
We can tell our boys are "developing" slower than my dd. Their language has come later, and fine motor skills seem slower at developing. I do 1/2 hour of "preschool" with them (they are now 3 1/2), where I read to them 1 children's book, and then we do scissor skills one day, coloring the next, lace-up cards the next, alphabet lotto, and then Lauri puzzles another day. Then, at the end of our "time" I get out the wooden puzzles to do. Some days I just sit on the floor and play trains and mega blocks with them.
I think it is okay to delay boys a year. I have a friend who was a kindergarten teacher, and she often said it was better for the boys to wait a year. Not all boys, but most need that extra year to get all the play out and mature just a bit.