OK, in my quest to figure out what to do next with my not yet 5 year old who can add and subtract with the best of them (though he cannot subtract 2-digit numbers yet, at least not without beads), I borrowed some textbooks from my awesome friend Abby.
These are actual school textbooks. For Kindergarten. Two volumes. OK, we’ve already done everything in those books (with the exception of a few exercises I thought were interesting enough to repeat, and then also one spent a bit of time on symmetry, which I guess hadn’t occurred to me to specifically point out to him).
But I’m not saying that to brag, I don’t think Wally’s particularly genius or anything.
It’s more to ask… seriously?
I mean, there is an ENTIRE unit on Before and After, with enough activities to fill an entire day talking about it. There is a whole unit on 5. They divide patterns into 4 units. What is a pattern, copying a pattern, extending a pattern, predicting a pattern.
I mean, I guess we followed those steps, too, but in about 5 minutes.
So, my question. Are we breezing through too quickly, such that he’s not going to remember? (I was worried about that with addition and subtraction, but even though we haven’t talked about it for weeks, he can still add or subtract on demand.) Or do schools just take an inordinately long time to teach stuff?
I mean, I guess at this rate, we (and every other homeschooler) will complete the public school education in about three school years total, and then can fill all the extra time with learning extra super bonus stuff, such that I WILL have the smartest kid in the whole world, right?
Now, these are the only textbooks I’ve actually looked at to date (I mean, since graduating from high school), so maybe they’re for dumb kids or something, but I just am very underwhelmed looking at them.