Beware of the younger sibling…

She loves being his older sister.

The other day the twins and I were going over their Life of Fred math. I LOVE this curriculum, and we always go over the chapters together. I read the story out loud, and then we work through the problems. After this I have the twins do more problems to reinforce what they have learned.

Everyone in this family loves to hear about Fred, and that includes Decca. Usually he does not say much during the lesson, and sometimes I do not even know if he is paying attention, but lately that has changed. Decca has decided he would like to work on these math problems too.

The twins think this is funny, and they love to give him hard questions that he cannot answer (“Decca what is 300 times x divided by y times .275 times 3.14 etc….). However the other day Decca answered a Life of Fred question from the decimal book, and he did it before his sister could figure out the answer. She was mortified!

He's only 7, how can he figure out a math problem before me?

I had to explain to Autry that math is one of Decca’s strengths. Everyone has their strengths and weaknesses. Math happens to be a weakness for both Tru and Autry, and it happens to be a strength for Decca. She didn’t like the sound of that, but then I reminded her of all of her strengths, and that made her feel better.

They learn from each other.

I am glad I homeschool. In school Decca would probably be bored out of his mind, and unable to sit still. He might not have discovered his love for math and Fred. Autry might not have discovered her love of music, and Tru would not have discovered his love of books. At home it is easy to figure out where their strengths and weaknesses lie, and this is one of the greatest strengths of homeschooling.

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