Monday, October 22, 2007

Maybe I'm not smart enough to homeschool...

I was browsing through a homeschool classifieds website just a bit ago and found an ad for Bob Books. We have two sets already that Stephen has been learning to read with. I got them at a garage sale a couple months ago. They've been working really well for us and for the most part, he likes them. So I thought I'd inquire about the ad to see if they were still available and which titles were in the set. The publishers have changed the way the sets are leveled and I always get confused (but that's fairly easy to do). Ours are leveled Set A and Set 2, I think. After I sent the e-mail to find out more, I went to the Bob Book website to find out which books are in what sets. And now I feel really bad. One of the sets we have is the very first set. I knew that. But the other "Set 2" is actually the FOURTH set of books--compound words. There are a full 24 books between the last set he read and the one he's reading now! Considering that, he's actually doing a fantastic job, but I feel like I've made him start reading these harder books without giving him a better foundation for reading. I thought these books seemed to be quite a bit more difficult, but I thought since he was doing okay with them that maybe that's how the Bob Books worked.

I feel really bad. Next thing you know, I'll be asking him to do trigonometry next week after he learns to add.

4 comments:

Kelli in the Mirror said...

You should look at it the opposite way. It was challenging and yet he's still doing so well. Think how proud he will feel when you get those in between sets and he can read them really fast.

And pooh on Bob for making it so confusing to figure out what comes next.

KatieBug said...

If he can read them let him! That is the joy of homeschool. Even though they may be more difficult you thought of a way to teach him that worked for both of you. You knew it was hard so you just chanted out the little cheer and got the job done! Very clever. BOTH of you!

chewymama said...

sounds like a blessing in diguise! Think of all the wasted money on the other 2 sets when he was ready to go right to set 4 LOL! Thats great!!!! Aim high, I say! :)

KatieBug said...

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