Yesterday, I got home from work and I saw a painting on construction paper. I started to talk to Timothy about it but my husband stopped me, saying "Don't mention it!!" Apparently, Timothy had a meltdown while trying to paint a penguin. A BIG meltdown.
What in the world did we do to make our child such a perfectionist? We encourage him so much. There's no stress! Don't worry about it! Just try! It's just for fun! But somehow whenever he has to "produce" anything like a painting or a handwriting worksheet he completely loses it.
Now, Timothy isn't the most average child in the world. I'm sure if he were tested today he would be somewhere on the Autism Spectrum. We don't see a need to have him tested, though, and we're working through all the difficulties he has with life in general.
We have ten weeks left in My Father's World K, and then what?
Timothy's doing great sounding out the letters and reading short-vowel words. Academically, he'd be ready to start 1st grade. Handwriting wise, his letters look like those of an average Ker. Age-wise, he'd be in first grade.
Here's the problem: My Father's World First Grade has whole sentences that children have to write, usually 4 sentences per day. How do I put this so you can understand? I would rather walk over hot coals than endure trying to get Timothy to write 4 sentences. Truly.
So what do we do? Do we try to find another first grade curriculum that doesn't have as much writing? Do we do an intensive writing/phonics program, like Sing Spell Read and Write? If we do that, what about Bible, Science, and History--how do we incorporate those?
Maybe we should just put him on the big yellow school bus and let THEM figure it out!
Some people have suggested the Handwriting without Tears program, but it's hard for me to imagine Handwriting without Tears in our home. It's really bad, guys.
What do you think?