Monday, August 29, 2011
The amazing thing about readiness is that it's just so simple. It works. Whether you're helping a child learn to use the potty, ride a bike, read, or do calculus. When they're ready, and interested, it just works, easily, without the "work". In the past five days Zhara has memorized half of the times table. Not because she all of a sudden "gets" multiplication, whereas before she didn't, but because she was ready. She had a desire -- to be better at her Mythmatical Battles card game -- and she saw a need. Plus, she really wants to start Life of Fred Fractions. So in less than a week she has done what takes most school children months in school. She's not smarter, she's just ready. This is a life lesson for anyone, but particularly for me. My kids find their way to exactly what they need, when they need it. Don't worry, they know what they need and when they need it. Trust em, they're smart little buggers those ones. And they'll get there. I promise.