This fall I began doing our school lessons with all my kids in the room (Rebecca 6, Nelson 5, Lydia 3, and occasionally Joshua 1). While we say that Becca is a first grader and Nelson is a Kindergartner, we keep those titles merely for the rest of the world. In reality, they all hear the same lessons every day. They all sit and listen and then I adapt the handwork to their level. (Obviously, Lydia cannot yet write letters).
Anyway, I have been struggling for two years with teaching Rebecca to read. She not only sees things backwards, she hears them backwards. (She will read /c/ /a/ /t/, then say "tac"). I keep going back to the basics with her, thinking that at some point it will "click." Along the way, Nelson learned all the letter sounds (and Lydia knows most). Nelson is already sounding out words. For months now, I was trying to keep him from passing Rebecca. I was buying into the world's philosophy that everyone's education has to look exactly the same or it is "wrong!"
Meanwhile, Paul knew that Nelson was in school with us, but had no idea what he was doing. (It's not that I didn't previously tell him- it is just that he didn't listen, or he forgot) When I told Paul how Nelson is picking up things so quick, Paul insisted that I stop holding Nelson back!
When my husband was in first grade he was held back because he couldn't read, even though he excelled in other fields of study. As a result, he became the class clown, because he was bored with all the review the next year of repeating the same grade. THIS is why I am glad that I homeschool! I can take my kids at their own pace! I can let them excel where they are gifted! And, I can go slower where they are struggling!
I love being a homeschool Mom!