Holding children back, when to make that decision
There are children I have held back because their handwriting was atrocious and I wanted them to learn to write legibly. I held them back from cursive if they could not print neatly. They could not advance to cursive until they took their time printing.
I have held children back in Math because I felt they did not know their math facts well enough to advance and they need(ed) that foundation before moving on to higher Math.
I have held one child back even though they could and can advance farther and faster because of an older sibling's issue with envy and jealousy, not to mention low self-esteem and confidence. I fear letting the younger advance at the detriment of the older one. This has happened to two sibling sets, though the second set did not have issues with envy and jealousy just felt they couldn't do things well if the younger sibling did stuff better and faster.
It's a fine line and I just hope and pray I am doing what's best for all of them. It's a struggle because I want them all to blossom and be their own individuals by not at the cost of another child's advancement. Yet, is that really what is best? I kept hoping it would get better as they get older but I am not really seeing it happen.
My younger ones all sit around the dining room table and do their school work. Lately my husband has been overseeing them. Though he has missed doing the reading lesson this week with one child, so we'll be doing those over the weekend to catch up.
Our older girls will even correct the younger children's Math work, we don't require it but they'll do it if they are right there.
We read a lot. Our motto has been if we teach them to read, and hopefully love reading, they can learn anything.