Joy-Anna Duggar gives Gideon ‘five minutes’ of schooling a day

Joy-Anna Duggar in a confessional for Counting On.
Joy-Anna Duggar revealed she schools Gideon for “five minutes” a day. Pic credit: TLC

Joy-Anna Duggar has been sharing things she is doing with her children recently.

She and Austin Forsyth have been busy rehabbing their RV, which is what most of her Instagram stories have focused on.

Now, Joy-Anna is sharing how she homeschools Gideon. He’s only three, so there isn’t much that goes into teaching him these days.

Homeschooling Joy-Anna Duggar’s way

Earlier this week, Joy-Anna Duggar revealed that she homeschools Gideon about “five minutes” a day. She shared her story about it across several slides, but they had already expired.

Reddit users were able to catch some of it, and they weighed in on her using that short amount of time to teach Gideon each day.

The short amount of time used by Joy-Anna Duggar for teaching Gideon is for his numbers, letters, and colors. While it made sense to some, others slammed the Counting On star for it.

One commenter wrote, “Collective majority joke she’s not the brightest even by Duggar standards. There’s some truth to it by way of her sisters raising and supplementing her education with their own, and the lifegivers not giving individual attention for educational assistance if needed. Joy’s kids are probably going to be the first of the next gen to have been done a huge disservice educationally.”

Another chimed in, “If Austin doesn’t intervene and send his kids to school (even a fundie homeschool co-op) those kids are going to end up like the Rodlets.”

Comments from Reddit about Joy-Anna.
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Some comments said Joy-Anna’s way of doing things was “whatever” for Gideon’s age.

One said, “It’s a very ‘American’ thing for children to go to preschool/3K-4K and expect their young children to sit in a room for hours at a time learning. At 3 years old that’s plenty of time for designated educational activities. As long as they are playing outside, using their imagination, and focusing on fine/gross motor skills in some way they will likely be just fine. The way Jessa educates her 6 year old is not realistic or appropriate. But Joy doing this at 3 years old is whatever.”

More Joy Reddit comments.
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What’s next for Joy-Anna Duggar?

With Counting On canceled, Joy-Anna Duggar and Austin Forsyth have to decide what they want to do next.

He has his own company and works, so money for them isn’t as big of a worry as it could be for some of the siblings. Joy-Anna often takes the kids to visit his work sites.

The couple has worked hard to build a life for themselves, and while it appears they are still close to the Duggars, they spend a lot of time together as a family of four.

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1 year ago

The kid is 3. No 3 year old needs formal education. The only time a child even remotely benefits from actual “school” at that age is when they have a disability and need to be in school to receive early intervention services. Otherwise, playing is their learning. My daughter taught herself to read at 2 1/2. She is 13 now and is a mediocre student and not because of lack of trying. She drifted through K, 1st, and 2nd by simply knowing how to read. By 3rd grade (when they transition from learning to read to reading to learn), she had lost any edge she had over the other kids.

1 year ago
Reply to  Erin

The average attention span for a toddler is 3 to 6 minutes. Nothing wrong here!