The Write Start

October 5th, 2010 by Mandi

Today’s first “official” day of homeschooling cemented in my mind that Levi is not ready for a classroom.  He spent a couple of hours on self-directed Starfall while I worked.  He looked through some of their Greek myth e-books, including the Minotaur and King Midas.  I’m not sure how much he actually read, but he did pick out words here and there, and had the computer pronounce others.  I also printed him out a few pages of dashed letter As (capital and lowercase) to trace.  He copied the letters in the blank spaces, but he didn’t trace the dashed ones (Isaac did trace some of them).  Instead, he colored them in.  I attempted to model the tracing and even guide his hand, but he wasn’t having any of it.  Later, when getting dressed for bed, I noticed that he had written a very convincing E, I, and O on his thigh in ink pen.  Go figure. As with most things, he seems to want to do it his own way, and that’s OK.  I wouldn’t be surprised if he knew how to write all of the capital letters (albeit, not “correctly”).  I have seen a few, and he generally knows more than he lets on.   If tracing isn’t for him, we can try simple copywork instead.  I have to keep in mind that he is still very young, and that he may not be ready for much instruction at all.  We can put it away for a few days (or weeks) and try again with another approach.  Thank goodness we have that flexibility.