Now, if I only had Ephraim, I would think we were doing a great job raising a brilliant child. He'll be 3 in April and can now
- count to 26 verbally (only missing 18-21)
- use tactiles to count to 10
- can recognize and sound out the alphabet
- knows all his primary colors
- recognize about 1/2 his shapes
If I only had Isaac, I would think I was failing as a homeschooling parent. But I know I'm not, and I'm honestly not worried. The beauty of homeschooling is the ability to take kids as they are. There is no pressure on me to have my kids meet a "norm", unless I allow my fears of failure to consume me.
I thought this article was thought provoking and even confirming of some of my relaxed methods. It's just another example that taking a step back and simply allowing kids to explore and learn at their own levels can be a valuable and stressless tool to parenting.
Children teach themselves to read
Besides, Isaac is teaching Ephraim important life lessons. Like how to wear your "babies" properly and lovingly
The right way to battle with the light sabers (and look cool doing it!)
He's teaching him how much fun it is to dress up, make believe and to live life with joy. Ephraim loves to spend time with his big brother and imitate him. Lately when I hear a certain laugh or cackle or "battle cry", I think it's Isaac, but I realize it's Ephraim instead, haha.
Maybe eventually, Ephraim's interest in the alphabet will rub off on Isaac during their play. Even if it doesn't though, I will do my best to accept my kids as they are, with their strengths AND weaknesses. I will nurture their interests, provide opportunities to learn, and then do my best to not push them to develop skills before they're ready because I'm afraid of what others are thinking or what their kids are doing. I will be proud of them no matter what. And I will enjoy being their Mommy, because THAT is the greatest gift in the world.