My older boy was eager to go “school” when he turned 2, watching yellow school buses go around the town. So why not, I sent him to a pre-school. And he wanted to quit just after one semester.
As it wasn’t a school according to him, he felt it was a baby class. He had attended baby classes to mingle with other babies; singing, dancing, and playing music instruments, prior to pre-school. In deed, that’s pretty much what they do at pre-schools, too.
Drawing, painting, writing, and book reading were a part of our daily routine at home. Just to note, I am not a kind of mother who is crazy about making kids to study from young age. I did whatever kids showed interests, although only one claim is the book reading.
I started reading picture books to my boys when they turned three month old. Because three month is the time babies start to see colors (they see only black & while prior to the period), so I introduced books and toys mixed all together. I didn’t want my kids to think that books are for “studying” in the future, book reading has been a part of their life since day 90.
Anyway, when he told me that it wasn’t school, he described that “schools” he saw on TV had a black board and a teacher writes stuff on it, and kids learn new things. He was disappointed seeing children screaming and crying so teachers were hardly available most of time. When I had a teacher-mom meeting, she told me that he was the only kid who could read in the class, so he’d read books for classmates when all three teachers weren’t available because of whatever the incidents other kids caused.
There was no other way, he needed to withdraw. A year and a half year younger brother, of course, wanted to stay with his brother, so I continued playing and learning with them. You can call it homeschooling if you want to, but I was just raising my children with lots of activities.
Around the time, I was recommended to take a test of my older son for giftedness. But I thought that test score won’t help him. So what? Do I have to take him to counseling? Or put him in super education? I chose to spend time with him to watch what exactly he needs.
So, you may be curious why I put them regular kinder and elementary school for a few years. How did the gifted one keep himself not being bored till they withdrew from school again?
It was a very simple. As we moved to South Korea, we put boys who had zero knowledge of Korean language into Korean schools. How could they be bored? They absolutely had “new” things to learn; language and culture.
However, once gifted son started understanding language after a few years, his boredom had begun. For him, the contents of subjects are boring and the style of teaching isn’t convincing.
But he’d learned so many things, not only new language and culture, also the skill to observe things from different perspectives, meaning that he experienced the intercultural issues people have in this country and came up with his own methods to deal with them.