I am new to this forum (and CM for that matter.) I have been researching CMs ideas for a long time but never had the gumption to go after them. I am a former school teacher so it's taken me almost 4 years to break free from the PS influence from my past and my career.
My name is Karen. I have 5 wonderful children - two dds (almost 9 and 5) and 3 dss (7, 3, 1) and a baby due in November (our last.) My oldest will be starting 4th grade work with a little remediation (if you can call it that) to introduce her to CM ideas and build habits that are missing. But she's mostly in 4th grade work.
I am really stumped with what to do with my 7DS. I think he's a genuine (ok, I am a bit biased in that point.) But really, I can't keep up with this guy. He turned 7 in January. He taught himself to read when he was 5 yod. I didn't have to spend much time on a phonic curriculum with him because he just took off reading. Now he's reading things like "The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe." I also had to start teaching him to write in cursive this spring because he wanted to do it so badly he started teach himself - and it was all wrong. URGH!!! He's a self starter in most things. Right now he's working on a chapter book and he's using "The Hobbit" as the bases for what to include in the book. He's learning from the masters I guess.
I don't think I have ever read anything in CM about what to do with a child that just does everything ahead of where they are "supposed" to be. In the past I have had him working somewhere in 1st and 2nd grade work but that was I didn't overwhelm him. But I am wandering if he could do more. I don't know to start him when I make the switch in a few weeks (which is when we will start our new school year so that I can be finished with a good portion of it when the baby arrives.) Any suggestions?
BTW, did CM have anything to say about children that seemed to be really advanced? If she did, I would love to read it.