Even though we're having a blast down in Florida....the kids are still doing their daily *work*.
I would say that for the first 1.5 years (age 3 5/8 to 5 1/8) my son was primarily focused on math and reading.
But since we hit algebra so fast I've really cooled it with the math - almost to the point of doing nothing. So for just about the past 12 months the Prince has been primarily reading.
Let's just say I think it paid off.
Recall that four months ago I co-read the first Harry Potter book with him. Actually, I did essentially all of the reading (and explaining). See - Marginalizing A Gay Wizard Kid.
Well I wasn't going to read another one of those inane books. So we took the *audiobook* route instead. The Prince listened to Harry Potter books 2-6 while he played with his LEGOS, before he went to bed at night, and often when he got up in the morning. After he finished each audiobook I usually went out and borrowed the DVD from the library and let him watch the motion picture. Note he did not *read along* with these audiobooks as he did with many other ones - particularly when he was learning to read.
Ten days ago we were at Walmart down here in Naples and he grabbed the 7th and final Harry Potter book - Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - off the shelf. So for a mere $8.95 we bought it.
Guess what, this one he read, all on his own, all 749 pages, in 1.5 weeks!
They say the *read alone* age of that one is around 12 so the 6.17 year old is roughly 5-6 years/grade levels advanced on the reading front. And, BTW, that's just on pure ability level, in terms of volume or prolificacy our son is probably in a whole other league. (Since we left for Florida 20 days ago, he's probably read 1300 pages in other books additional to this one!)
So 1 year plus of focusing on math launched him 6-7 grade levels...
And it looks like 1 year of furious reading also launched him about as many *grade levels*.
What does this mean? Or what does this show?
I submit that if anything it demonstrates the sheer, unmatched power of concentrated study.
Here he is one recent morning, with a cleaner nose:
It was probably 7:30am or so and he did, well, just what he does on many mornings these days.
He stumbled out of bed, blanket in tow, and cracked open his book.
For his father (and mother) this is such an unbelievable sight to behold - there's no hunger complaints, crankiness, or pleas to watch the color TV. And there's no parental yelling, hurrying or scurrying to catch a
I was moved, as I so often am on our glorious homeschooling journey, to capture the moment with a picture.