I have blogged here before about the Zone of Proximal Development - that area where the child is able to learn best, where he or she is not pushed so far beyond their current level that they fall into frustration and cannot learn, nor where something is too easy that no brain work is involved. I believe in it. I trust it. It's where I endeavor to keep my children in their lessons.
So why is it giving me so much trouble?! Why does the zone keep changing from day to day?! Why do Austin and Reece wake up some days not remembering things they knew yesterday?!?! Keeping in mind these are the same children who can recall obscure details, facts, and trivia related to sports (Austin), insects (Reece), and the weather (both).
The neurologist encouraged me that perhaps Austin wouldn't experience this anymore now that he's on medication. Perhaps the seizures he was having were causing this problem? Apparently not.
I had hoped with Reece that I could avoid making whatever mistakes I had made with Austin to "cause" his difficulties with learning, including his distaste for reading. But either I'm unwittingly making the same mistakes, or they weren't really my mistakes to begin with, and instead it's just "stuff" that comes along with the challenges these two children face.
::deep frustrated sigh::