Saturday, January 23, 2010
I wish reading was as fun for Jessie as the Science has been. Although she's coming along nicely, it's difficult enough for her, requiring concentration she doesn't like to give, and I have to coax her along. She doesn't hate it; but she doesn't love it. I have figured out that it helps to have her start reading a story not too difficult for her, mostly words she remembers easily, then move on to a story that has words she doesn't remember as well. Then, when she's ready to quit, I offer to read her a story (from her reader), then she reads me another. The stories are short, so I'm not a slave driver, but if I don't have her read more than one we never get to new words to practice. Truly, I think the most difficult thing about homeschooling a child who has difficulty and is struggling (I have another kid who does; it's not just DS) is motivation. The trick is to find the balance of difficult enough to be making progress; but not too difficult to kill desire to keep learning. Whew, it just makes me tired.