Dietrich is an intelligent boy, often showing eidetic memory. He is able to remember things from age two and three. He grasps some big concepts, has a large vocabulary, and surprises us daily.
|usually, I write everything for him and he copies. today, I wanted to see how he would do on his own|
Dietrich is also “typical” in that he doesn’t like school, doing schoolwork, and especially doesn’t want to do math. As the teacher, I try not to take this personally. As the mommy, I try to enforce that he will need these basic skills for the rest of his life. As a homeschooler, I emphasize that he isn’t having to do as much “school time” as other kids – if he will only focus and get the work done.
Today, I decided to try something new, something to engage his brain while also teaching math. I used something he loves – trains and building tracks – to reinforce basic number families. Even though Dietrich still used his fingers to count and suffered from lack of focus, he enjoyed this new way to do math.
I may have to “train” him in every subject this way for a while, but tomorrow, we may have to build a snowman.