Wild Thing is my middle child. He is not like his sister the Crafter. She was the one who threw her book at age two and a half and cried about not being able to read the words. She was reading by four and a half. It would have been sooner, but I was scared to try to teach her to read until she turned four.
Now back to Wild Thing. He was not ready to read at 2.5, or 3, or 4, or 4.5. He was busy being a boy. The Historian would comment from time to time about what the Crafter was doing at the same age, and he would question why Wild Thing wasn't getting started with school yet. I kept saying that he wasn't ready yet. I let him play Starfall on the computer. I read plenty of books and pointed to the words. He just didn't seem ready. They spark wasn't there.
Wild Thing turned 5 right after Christmas. The Historian said that he needed to begin Kindergarten. So I dusted off Phonics Pathways and began. It has been slow going. Now I am pleased to announce that Wild Thing has read not one, not two, but three Bob Books. He is so proud of himself.
Math is going very well. Kindergarten Saxon was boring to him, so we are working through Singapore 1A. I haven't wrapped my mind around this one yet. He really seems to understand it. What's even stranger is that we do a lot of it orally because his writing is really, well it looks like a five year old boy's writing. Sometimes we do "block math" for a change.
He also enjoys pattern blocks.