As many of you already know, Bern will stop going to Kindiecare in a few short weeks. While I admit some trepidation, I know this is the right decision. Of late, he has shown reluctance to go to school because he finds it frustrating to have to read. While he is all for practising writing, reading is something he struggles with. This in turn has resulted in his reluctance to look at books in his free time; something he used to spend hours doing. While he still wants us to read to him, he doesn’t want to explore them alone. It’s like a love story gone wrong.
When he stops school, we’ve decided he will start the Yamaha Junior Music Course and gymnastics. My intention is to hone and develop his gross motors skills and to give him chance to build his confidence in his physical abilities. I feel that being able to use his body will help settle his energy and hone his concentration. When he turns six, he wants to take up fencing too. If he s still keen, 8 months down the line, then Jon and I are all for it.
The intention is to keep him busy with lots of physical, manual and tactile activites while continuing to read stories and poetry to him. We’re also encourging his artistic impulses.
In case you’re still guessing, we’re taking the delayed approach (created by the late Dr. Raymond and Dorothy Moore) with him. The Moore formula states:
- Study everyday, from a few minutes to hours.
- Manual work, at least as much as study.
- Home and/or community service, an hour or so per day.
They also offer the following advise, “Focus on kid’s interests and needs, be an example in consistency, curiousity and patience. Live with them! Worry less about tests.”
Here are some resources that explain the rationale behind it. Obviously we don’t intend to do this for Katelin, but this is the wonder of homeschool. You do what is right for each child.