All this preparation for exams in September/October this year has made me wonder what I was doing with my DC before......
Now I'm not advocating that we should all have spent two -three hours a week "consolidating" what the DC do at school from age 4, but apart from regular reading and making sure all homework (all 15 minutes of it
) was done properly, I really didn't get involved in "formal" education as such. Although this isn't the first time we've done entrance tests, this is the first time one of my DC has had to do English as a component of the test and suddenly I'm discovering the intricacies of pursuasive writing compared to descriptive, the ins and outs of comprehensions and so much more
It has made me wonder whether I should have been more engaged before. On the other hand, my older children both seem to have coped very well without much intervention from us. That's not to say that we haven't made sure they have had lots of extra curricular opportunities, discussions, travel etc, which are all important, but not "formal" education.
Am I the only one feeling a bit negligent?