the question, “Should it really be fun?”
After all, learning is not always fun. As
adults, we recognize that. When I was
studying to become an appraiser, it wasn’t
fun. It was hard! However, I had a worthy
goal, and I enjoyed working towards that
goal, even when it was difficult.
Besides, is it really a mom’s job to make
everything fun for her children? We recognize that life isn’t one long road to
merriment! Moms have enough on their
plates just taking care of daily chores and
character development without always
worrying that everything has to be fun!
Still, we’d like to wake up in the mornings to children who enjoy doing their
work. We certainly would like to help
them accomplish things without endless
whining (on either of our parts)!
So how do we do this?
First, we must recognize it is never fun
to do something that is so hard for us
it is virtually impossible. Understand-
ing child development will help a mom
recognize when something is going to
work and when it is just being forced at
too young an age. The Common Core
math that is currently being used in the
public schools is very detrimental to
young children because it was written
by people who don’t understand child
development. It is counterproductive to
try to force children to learn something
before they are ready! Don’t expect a
five year old to be ready to learn abstract
Second, children need to develop
building blocks of knowledge on their
own timetable. Just like when you are
building a fence, you can’t do the top
before the bottom rungs are in place. It
is never a good idea to rush things, just
because a particular curriculum says that
a certain concept should be included in
second or third grade. If a child doesn’t
understand the concept of addition yet,
it is not time to teach multiplication, no
matter what your curriculum says. Take
your time! Be patient. Take a long-range
look at things, and don’t obsess over
Mary Hood, Ph.D.
Goal or Not?
It is counterproductive to try to force children to
learn something before they are ready!