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Postby tmvngocdung99 » Wed Mar 28, 2018 2:31 am

My granddaughter has always been bright, but it has just become a real issue for my daughter. She is reading books at the Harry Potter level. She can add double-digit numbers in her head. In her public school first grade class, they are reading "Run, Spot, run!" and learning to write numbers.
I think homeschooling is the only thing that will really address this issue. I worked as a teacher long enough to know that any extra time the teacher has for individual attention goes to the less advantaged kids, not to enrichment for the brightest ones. So, to help persuade my daughter, how many hours per day do you actually need to spend in school, plus preparing for lessons and going over the child's work? There are two children, a 6 year old and a 2 year old.
And can you recommend a curriculum that might meet the needs of this very bright but only age-level mature child? She quit reading Harry Potter because it was "too sad" for her when Harry's parents died early in the first book.

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Re: help

Postby elliemaejune » Wed Mar 28, 2018 8:25 pm

tmvngocdung99 wrote:My granddaughter has always been bright, but it has just become a real issue for my daughter. She is reading books at the Harry Potter level. She can add double-digit numbers in her head. In her public school first grade class, they are reading "Run, Spot, run!" and learning to write numbers.

I think homeschooling is the only thing that will really address this issue. I worked as a teacher long enough to know that any extra time the teacher has for individual attention goes to the less advantaged kids, not to enrichment for the brightest ones. So, to help persuade my daughter, how many hours per day do you actually need to spend in school, plus preparing for lessons and going over the child's work? There are two children, a 6 year old and a 2 year old.

And can you recommend a curriculum that might meet the needs of this very bright but only age-level mature child? She quit reading Harry Potter because it was "too sad" for her when Harry's parents died early in the first book.


For a little six-year-old person, I would not expect to spend more than a couple of hours a day on formal academics. There should be very little prep time, because the "lessons" will not be anything like what happens in a classroom, and very little time going over the child's work because there will be much more direct interaction and doing than doing any sort of paperwork.

I would recommend a unit study such as KONOS for everything except math and English skills, or a different philosophy, Charlotte Mason. There are many homeschool links that discuss CM. :-)

Also, your daughter will want to check out the homeschool laws in her state.
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