Annie - posted on 08/19/2009 ( 2 moms have responded )
Hi! I have a 4 year old daughter and a 3 year old son, and I am planning on starting a 'school' schedule with my daughter since its 'school' time. For some reason I want to attempt to stick with the public school schedule of M-F during September-May, but only an hour a day, tops, until she gets into more complicated stuff. Does this sound reasonable? I have found resources online and have a few ideas as far as what to do with her, but my mom is a bit more lax about it and says there's no need for structure or guidance at this point and that I should let her learn on her own. I promise I'm not trying to squash her childhood, but I want her to be learning most of the same things that kids in Public school are learning so that she and her PS friends will have comparable knowledge. I don't want her to feel like she's behind.
My next question is what do I do with my son during this time? He is highly intelligent and seems to have better focus than she does, and while I don't want to hold him back specifically for her sake, I still feel like she should have individualized attention when it comes to learning. I wonder if it would bother her that her brother knows as much as she does, obviously not right now but a few years down the road. He is only 10 months younger than her since he was a preemie. Should I have his dad take him outside or do something with him for that hour or so, or should I try to set him up in a different room and go back and forth between them trying to help? There's no hope of anything getting accomplished if they're in the same room, trust me! :-)
Thanks for taking the time to help!