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June 5th, 2012, 11:28 AM
2pinks&ablue's Avatar Chantelle
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We started HSing about 3 months ago, my daughter is 4.5 and it was kind of a "trial run" before she was required to do Kindergarten. Well, it went so well and we all love it and have decided to keep on for sure. Only thing is, I was looking at our province's guidelines yesterday and she's already about half way through the curriculum. She isn't even "scheduled" to start kindergarten until September! So I guess my question is, should I just let her keep going at her speed, or should I try to "stall" and slow her down a little?
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June 5th, 2012, 12:25 PM
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I say let her move along at her own pace. That is the beauty of an individualized education. My daughter is 6 and reads at a 6th grade level and is doing 2nd grade math. She's at age level for her writing. It is so much fun watching them progress!
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June 5th, 2012, 01:21 PM
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Yeah- I say let her go at her level too. I was scared my daughter was moving too fast, but everything seems to even out somehow (we'll get lazy or sick), and it gives us room to take our time on subjects that she struggles with. We also get to make room for lots of FUN!
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June 5th, 2012, 01:22 PM
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My unprofessional opinion is don't bother stalling. Let her soak up every bit of knowledge that she wants. All that's going to happen is that she learns more than what public school says is the bare minimum.
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June 5th, 2012, 01:45 PM
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Definitely let her move at her own pace. What a kid is doing at home and what they are reported (grade level) to the powers that be does not have to be the same thing. Also, you don't know what the future will bring. She may hit a brick wall and you'll need to stall then or she may get sick with something like mono and need to take some time off and end up right on track. Or she may keep going on ahead and there's nothing wrong with that either.

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June 5th, 2012, 07:46 PM
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Agreeing with everyone! Keep moving! What's the worst that could happen? You get so far ahead that you're forced to run rabbit trails and chase her interests for a while, as other kids are spending hour after hour learning the basics? She'll almost certainly hit a wall at some point, and that's ok. Going at her pace doesn't have to be steady at all.
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June 6th, 2012, 05:59 AM
2pinks&ablue's Avatar Chantelle
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Thanks everyone That's what I was thinking too, but hubby was worried about her getting too far ahead, I worry more about her getting bored with learning and not wanting to continue.
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June 6th, 2012, 12:05 PM
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I agree with everyone, just keep going at her pace. She might slow down eventually. My 4yr old is doing all 1st grade level work right now. When he needs to speed up, we speed up. When he needs to slow down, we slow down. That is the beauty of homeschooling!

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June 6th, 2012, 05:59 PM
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I started homeschooling this year because Ady's first grade teacher wanted to "slow her down so the other kids could catch up." I use to teach and I would never suggest slowing down a child. A lot of my teacher friends actually tell me to "stall" Ady for a while so she can be at the same level as other kids her age. As a first grader Ady was doing second and third grade work. I plan to keep moving her forward. What kind of life lesson am I teaching her if I am not helping her continue to grow and learn? I think one of two things will happen as she gets older. Either, the work will get harder and Ady will slow down learning on her own terms. Or, she will graduate early and get to enjoy life stress free for a while before going on to college. How great would it be for her to be able to travel or spend a winter or two at a resort somewhere teaching snowboarding? The wonderful thing about homeschooling is that you can individualize and teach your child at her own level. One thing I want Ady to learn is that life is learning, it's not just about school learning.

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June 7th, 2012, 06:36 AM
in_mommy's Avatar I am just me
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I agree with everyone too, ley her go at her pace. If she wants to take a breal then that is ok too
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