Myrrh Posted May 28, 2009 Share Posted May 28, 2009 Hi there, My firstborn (first grader) taught herself to read when she was 4. My second child (4) taught herself to read when she was newly 3 and then to write when she was 3.5. My third and last child (2.5) might be reading but he seems like more of a numbers guy :) All of them have been late potty trainers (DD4 was reading before she learned to use the toilet!). I'm a writer, my husband skipped first grade because of his reading ability, and I suspect that all of my children (especially the girls) have an intuiting preference, as do my husband (ENFP) and I (INFJ). I'm an MBTI practitioner, and in my studies I have read that intuiting types are the most likely to read early because they are better able to recognize letters as symbols (since we tend to think more metaphorically). DD6 asked me to homeschool her in January so I took her out of first grade and we've been using WTM with good success this past semester. DD4 is in preschool three mornings a week, but I'm desperate to get her little brother in there when we start our new school year, and she's pretty eager to join her big sister in our homeschool, so my question is, what are some ways to do early kindergarten (she won't be 5 until the end of January) for a child who's already reading at a third or fourth grade level? I really don't want to push her into first grade and I know she's not at a maturity level to handle SOTW or other 1st grade subjects. Are there any packages or curriculum you recommend for K or should I just wing it? Structure is my crutch and I'm nervous about homeschooling two at once (though it has to be better than homeschooling one and dealing with an energetic toddler!). One last thing that may or may not make a difference. DD6 prefers me reading to her than reading aloud (though she does it very well) and she only likes to read books to herself that are illustrated (i.e. not chapter books yet) even though she's probably reading at a middle school level. DD4 prefers to read to me! (really nice at bedtime when I'm wiped out). Her pronunciation is not totally clear (still has that cute preschooler voice) and she tends to rush (sometimes it seems like she's reading in her brain and not saying the words aloud so it seems like she's skipping them). One very last thing. Although my girls have the technical skills to read way above their grade levels, they don't have the cognitive ability or emotional maturity to understand/appreciate literature geared for older ages, so I am saving certain classics for when they can actually process the stories better. I even feel this way about the Chronicles of Narnia though I know they could understand them on a literal level now, and even some of the metaphorical aspects, especially DD6. And I won't even consider them seeing the films until after they read the books. I'm thinking 4th grade at the earliest. Does anyone else think this way? Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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