Wednesday, April 14, 2010

My biking and letter man, Camden

We have never pushed reading, learning letters, or academics with our guys. And the most interesting thing is going on with Camden (turned 5 last October). He has learned all his letters, upper and lower case just through playing on-line games, his favorite shows and reading books with him. We are always there to answer lots of questions. The past few days he has been spelling out words on everything from calendars to words on Dad's t-shirt. It is quite remarkable to see him in action. He does know how to read and write about a dozen words. I guess what I am trying to say is that I am 100% for kids learning things on their own time frame. I would be just as excited if this happened when he was 10 or 15. He is enthusiastic about words and letters. There is no forcing or drudgery with it at all. He still loves it when we read to him every night at bedtime and he gets very upset if we are too tired to read (sometimes we are all up pretty late). Holden, 8, on the other hand, is not into that at the moment and hasn't been for awhile--and that is o.k. too.

Also, Camden has learned to ride his bike without training wheels. He was ready to learn yesterday, so Cliff helped him for a few hours. We have offered to help him learn and he was never ready before. Now all he wants to do is ride his bike. Thankfully the weather has been awesome for it! It is an exciting and busy time here with all this learning going on.

Both boys have grown an inch since November and have been very hungry. The past few weeks have been interesting here. They are both changing a lot mentally and physically. It has been a roller coaster ride, but it is a ride I will look back on with pleasure and no regrets.

~Heather ♥


Tina said...

that is really cool. We have always done the ABC's and such with Emma, mostly for just the song. The year she was in day care, so she has gotten some "formal" education with letters and such, but we find that she just LOVES letter, and numbers for that matter. On her own she started asking how to write specific letters. I remember specifically one time when I was reading to myself and she was playing with a little note book. She kept coming over to ask me how to write specific letters. She had eventually written the entire alphabet (out of order). Now she tells me she wants to learn to read so she can play her own video games and such without me having to read stuff to her. So cool.

Heather's Moving Castle said...

I am just so grateful that my husband is so supportive of our education path with the kids. He is so tickled to see all they learn just by living a very interesting life, and also down right boring moments at other times. Neither boy has been to day care of taken formal classes. We would never try to stop them, if they asked. I doubt they'll ask since their social needs are usually met.