Should I cut off a lesson if the child interested?

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  • Lauren

    I know a basic tenant of CM philosophy is short lessons.  While I love that as it allows me to not feel guilty when I can tell my child needs to stop, on the other hand, what about when the child is super excited and interested in a topic and doesn’t want to stop?  I have literally blown opportunities in the past because I held off on a topic they were interested in and then when it was time to come back around to it, their interest wasn’t there anymore and we struggled.

    To tailgate off of that question, what about read alouds?  If I am correct, we are supposed to stop and let the child’s mind linger on a chapter or two at a time…and yet my daughter will BEG me not to stop.  Furthermore, I have noticed that even when I did read a lot more, for days she would make comments about the reading that signaled to me that she was indeed meditating on the whole of what we read.  So, should I stop reading or keep going?

    Thanks! 😉


    I think your answer depends on if you want a purist CM response or not.  It sounds like you may know what you want to do to so why not give yourself permission to do it.  I believe it will also show your dd that you respect her and HER education.  I think we sometimes forget that it’s their education.  My kids and I would sing a few hymns and they would beg to keep singing but I would move along for reasons you mention above.  How silly!  Here we are singing praises to our King and I’m saying no so I can follow a philosophy!  You know your daughter best.  Follow her AND guide her.


    I agree, don’t hold too fast to a method and miss an opportunity.

    That said that even if the kids want, I will not just read and read and read… it is ok to take a break and leave them a bit excited to return to the book and topic 🙂 It depends, sometimes I don’t want to stop either though, LOL

    Sonya Shafer

    Just another idea to throw into the discussion: don’t overlook the potential opportunity to teach your children delayed gratification. It’s good to help them learn to wait for something they want at times.

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