In just one short week, Hannah will have completed her school. She was doing a prekindergarten program which I began last January because she was asking me to teach her to read. I schooled her until early March, then stopped because I realized I was pushing her too hard. Unfortunately, this was just one of those experiences that I had to learn the hard way. Because she was asking, I was teaching - and with a vengeance. And I believe she burned out. We set it aside for six months.
We picked up where we left off in October, so in approximately six months total, she completed her schooling, and since October she has been doing just three days a week, one hour or less a day to accomplish this. She reads chapter books that are an age 7-10 level (she will be 6 in March) and will complete one in one week or less. She likes math too, but it's reading that she loves.
I will never forget the first words she read. I remember her eyes getting big when she realized that she just read that word all by herself. The satisfaction I felt as the parent who was the one able to teach her can be likened to the first few steps she took as a toddler. It was truly a magical moment.
I face a greater challenge now; she will be starting grade one and choosing the best curriculum for her inquisitive nature can be daunting. I have realized that the textbook approach will work, but is extremely boring for her. She is the kind of girl that gets fascinated about a certain subject and asks a million questions. As the homeschool conference approaches in a couple of weeks, my main goal is to approach the curriculum venues with an open mind. In the past I was determined that because the text book approach worked best for me as a teacher (and as a student) and because almost everyone I knew used it, surely it would work for her. After all, that's what public schools use, right?
I am truly grateful for this first year schooling my girl. It taught me a whole bunch before she has really entered school age. I still have bunches to learn, but I do believe I'm of a much better mindset to change if necessary. It allowed me to be "hands on" with her education. Most of all, in spite of the hard days and learning curves, we really have grown closer than ever. And that means the world to me.