Mon, 2 Apr 2001 12:55:53 -0400
> that needs reading, writing, and other basic fundamentally boring skills.
Wow. I definitely have to disagree. I find reading and writing
fantastically thrilling. My daughter who is only 4 and never pressured
wants to learn her alphabet and works at it in spurts. She loves for me to
read to her and I expect that she will take over the reading herself one day
when she's ready. Mind you she also sees me forever with a book in hand,
especially now that I am devouring the kit! She sees my enthusiasm for
reading and writing and she wants to be a part of that. Maybe your children
are picking up on your negativity towards these "basic fundamentally boring
I can sympathize with your statement as there was a time when I would have
agreed with you. I went to traditional school where reading and writing
were chosen for me. I abhored it. I never read on my own and the only book
I considered ever worth reading in school was the Chrysallids. I liked that
one. All the others were simply a waste of time - however, now I would like
to reread some of them to see if I change my opinion now that it's my choice
to read them.
I'm glad that I finally got out of my distaste for reading and writing. I
found a subject that I was feverishly interested in and had to read to get
more info. That's when I found out how much fun learing really can be. It
took a long time out of school before that happened though. A lot of years
slipped by before I decided that learning didn't have to be terrible and
that I didn't need a "teacher". I'm also starting to learn that math is
fascinating. It's not a priority now, but someday I want to learn all the
neat little, very interesting things about math that they never teach you in
school. There are so many subjects that I want to delve into - I'm going to
have to live until I'm at least 150 to get even half of it done! :) What a
change in attitude from when I was in school!
Mother of 2 and starter group founder in Sudbury, Ontario.
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