Preschool Years at Home

Laughing, Loving, and Learning Together

C-Rod Man

on April 18, 2013

We got a set of Cuisenaire Rods in the mail yesterday, and Little Bear couldn’t wait to experiment with them. So I dumped them out on the rug this morning, helped her sequence them from smallest to largest, then showed her how to build “fact families” with them. I worked with her up through the number 5 and watched as she quite correctly showed that 1+4, 2+3, 3+2, and 4+1 all equaled five. Then, I walked away and left her to work on her own.

A few minutes later, she ran into the bedroom begging, “Mommy, Mommy! Come see what I made!”

I walked back into the living room expecting to see more fact families. Instead I found this:

C-Rod Man

C-Rod Man

Bless the child’s heart. I love her rabid creativity, her wild imagination, her passion and enthusiasm. I am regularly amazed, inspired, and driven to the brink of madness by her “indigo child” tendencies. She can quite literally get lost between the car and the front door, yet she looks at a tub full of small wooden sticks and immediately envisions a robot. … These are the moments that remind me why we choose to educate at home. I want to preserve that inner fire. I don’t want her forced to create fact families when her heart is challenging her to create art. But somewhere along the way, I realize that she does need to learn the basics of math and reading, and I’m hoping/praying/choosing to believe that a bit of structure and a whole lot of unschooling will eventually get her there.

For today, we bypassed the rest of the fact families and, instead, grouped, counted, and compared numbers of Cuisenaire Rods as we cleaned up.


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