This week, our youngest son (6) obviously decided his KUMON maths sheet was too easy, and decided to make it harder for himself by writing his answers in Chinese! I was intrigued at this novel & innovative way he devised to push himself. The only problem was that I had no idea whether the answers were correct! Fortunately, his eldest brother, as amused as I (and perhaps recognising some of his own traits in his younger brother) came to the rescue, and checked them for me, declaring them all right. A great example of a child bringing his knowledge together and applying it to challenge himself - all of his own initiative!
I have also observed our youngest son using computer learning programmes of his own initiative to challenge himself. I confess this has been rather an easy option for me with our baby due any day now, and there have been times when I have thought, "Too much screen time, he needs to come off" ... but he is certainly learning and will sometimes spend a considerable length of time absorbed in the challenges presented by Reading Eggs and BBC Bitesize particularly, declaring his intention to finish a particular level or map, and gaining obvious satisfaction at his accomplishment. Whereas people often ask me how I get the boys to 'do their work', this is undoubtedly learning on a par with his KUMON, and done completely willingly and with enjoyment - again of his own initiative.