Andrei told me last week he wanted to start school early. We usually start the week of Labor Day, which is also the week I start school. As I was planning out his semester, he told me he wanted to get going. These are his reasons:
- We’re playing Math Jeopardy (once) and he heard there would be candy involved.
- He saw me playing a game where Ghengis Khan has to conquer Asia and he was excited to play that (in 10 weeks)
- He wants to start reading Harry Potter.
Those are his reasons. Usually I’d try to delay because I like a nice, organized 12 week semester, but I thought it would be good to start a few things early, and get him in the swing of things before I have to start studying all day also.
Plus we have a newish format this year and it will be good for him to get used to that. Since I will be in and out and gone more often this year, I decided to let him be more responsible for when he does what. Every other year we’d have a pretty strict schedule of almost every subject every day – all dictated by me. This year it will be more in his hands. Today I handed him his binder and showed him his weekly List. It has all of his subjects listed, and divided into two columns – “With Mom” and “Alone” I showed him that he can do them in whatever order he wanted, and when he wanted to do the “With Mom” things, he had to come get me or set a time when we could work together. I also showed him how I sent him an email with links to all the videos or games he would be using that week.
He seemed excited that he got to have more control over his stuff. I told him though that I would try and be hands off when it came to dictating how much or how little he would do each day – but if he wasn’t done by Friday afternoon, there would be no privileges Friday night until all of it was finished.
We’ll see, I suppose. I’m tentatively hopeful…