As I was getting my bag ready for work this morning, I pulled out some papers left from last week. They were work from my son’s school. Glancing through them while setting them aside, I found he had started doing more work for grammar. He is now identifying adjectives.
My son is 6. He is very much a six year old, oft found bouncing off the walls pretending to be inside a video game. He is the epitome of a six year old boy.
My son is six and knows what an adjective is.
This is added to the list of nouns, verbs, articles, and prepositions he already knows about.
I explained this to him last week: I didn’t start learning grammar until 8th Grade. Until I was 13. Over twice his age. And I didn’t even fully grasp it until 9th Grade when I had an awesome English teacher who kicked my butt. And I was one of the bright kids. Plenty of people I knew, even while in the midst of coursework, couldn’t point out a noun even if it bit them in the face.
My bouncing boy of six is learning grammar nearly ten years before I did and, as his teacher told me early last week, he just gets it.
Let this wash away any doubts about the self-directing, self-correcting Montessori method of education.
That, and my son is a genius.
That is all.