Every once in awhile I get rewarded for homeschooling. It definitely comes with it’s ups and downs. The ups are always when I see success with my kids.
A couple of days ago, my son, who always fights me when it comes to writing, asked me about the crabs on the beach. We were just about to do his daily reading, which I’m normally not flexible on, but I had a little feeling to go with this one. So, I got up from the couch and asked him if he would like to get online to see what he could find. He, of course, was very happy with this. On our way to the computer he took a little detour, went to the other room for a minute and came back with a stack of papers that he had stapled together. He then announced that he was going to make a book. This is typical of him, to want to write a book but he never puts words in his books because he’s a great artist. His books are always full of wonderful drawings. This book, however; was different, it has words! I know some of you are thinking, what’s the big deal?, but the other half of you, who have a kid like this, appreciate this as a great victory! He finally wanted to make a book and he wants to write in it every day and do research on different animals. Even better, 2 of my other kids are now making books on subjects that they’re interested in. The best thing about these books is that I don’t have to ask them to write in them or coerce learning. They want to do them and they want to do a good job. They want them to look nice. It’s not nagging mom making it ”right”. I love it!
Homeschooling is really so rewarding. Every day comes with a simple reward.