And that is sticky reading with my son! LOL! My hubby says when I am doing school it doesn't ever look like formal school but my children always learning. We follow The Well Trained Mind we use all the books it suggests but we get it done in our own odd way. My son always learns all that is in his books for the year but when we are learning it we don't look like a traditional class room.
I hope I am giving my children the same happy fun childhood memories I had as a child. When I think back to when I was 6 I remember lots of fun learning games, we did lots of hands on stuff, jumping, singing, dancing, crafts, and such. I don't remember sitting in a chair the entire day. I do require him to "sit using good posture" for writing class but all the other classes I focus on "what" he needs to learn not how or if he sits to do it. This is ONLY what works for me with my children right now! I am in NO way telling others to follow my crazy lead! I do hope that as my son gets older and matures he will sit still more. I have already noticed a HUGE change in how long he sits this year. I doubt he sits as long as many other homeschoolers but that is OK with me for now. I have learned to let go of having things look like everyone else does it because it sounds nice when they talk about it. I am OK with people thinking I am crazy or doing things wrong because I don't teach the way they do. My children are happy learning and we are moving along. It might look odd but I am OK with that right now. LOL! My goal is to show them learning is fun and hope that they keep a love for learning forever. Only time will tell how my system turns out in the end.
I want you to know that I DON'T think that my son reading above his grade level will ever make him a better reader than a child that doesn't learn to read until age 9. I feel that as long as a child likes reading they will want to keep reading. My son has always set the pace with his reading. I know I wrote that he is only doing 1 lesson in his 5th grade reader a week. Last year he did a lesson every other day. As it got harder I felt the need to keep his reading fun but I still wanted to add in new words so 1 lesson a week is the pace we are at right now. When he was younger and the lessons were below his reading level he would ask to read several a day. I follow his lead. My ONLY goal with reading is for my children to enjoy reading! He started reading early and moved at first at a fast pace but now he is only doing 1 lesson a week if he was older and learning to read I think he would be able to keep doing more lessons a week in the 5th reader. I think his young age has slowed him down at this level. He hasn't been alive long enough to have heard many of the words in the books. I hope you all can understand what I am trying to say!