Sunday, May 18

here's to new beginnings....

measurements...

This picture represents everything that is important to me. At a glance you might not think much about it. The subject doesn't seem so interesting and I am sure my kids' kids will think that their grandmother took the strangest pictures. Anyhoo... this scene, that I captured... was a moment that blossomed into one that was unforgetable. Corbyn wanted to do a project,(as always) and he found a bag of a crafts left overs... random bits... long story short, we spent 30-40mins stretching the pieces as long as they would go... and then he organized them from biggest to littlest (thats what he said he was doing) and then I got the idea to get the measuring tape and we measured each one and made a list of our discoveries... during this project we spelt 'string' over and over together as I wrote it out and he told me the number that would follow next in line. In the end he would glance at 37 and say, "Mom, its 37 inches" all on his own.... we had so much fun.


This picture tells me that I am capable of being a wonderful teacher for my son. I have all his best interest in mind and love him so much that there isn't a word to describle my affection. I am in awe of the way he words his feelings and thoughts and I want to nourish all that is my son.


I am feeling better about this new phase we are entering in his life... he's almost 5 you know. Some of you know that early this year the thought of 'schooling' was giving me panic attacks (not really, thats a little strong but you get the picture) public school, private school and/or homeschooling....


I have been talking with a mom at Corbyn's school and she homeschools her oldest and the sister will start kindergarten right next to her big brother this coming school year. I think it rocks but am so very intimidated because lets face it, I do not have a degree in education... what in the world do I know but to follow my intution. So upon that she has let me borrow this book that I have been finding extremely fasicnating. I forced myself to read the beginning introduction and her beliefs(this is usually hard for me... I wanted to fast forward to the 'teaching' part) , I am finally in the subject of language and how to teach this with your child... so very interesting... and mostly it seems to suggest ideas that maybe I had already thought but wasn't sure how to go about doing it, or actually some things I was doing so now I feel more confident. Its a gentle approach and for my highly sensitive little guy I am relating much to how this mom of seven feels about "teaching" or should I say "learning". I am only on page 59 and there are 250 or so... I plan to journal our summer as I plan to homeschool for the summer break.

So... I plan to write again soon, but I was informed that I needed an update :)
take care...
p.s. I have included this... it was part of my MOthers Day gift from Corbyn. His teacher interviewed him and she wrote what he said... I can tell by his answers.... later gaters!
one of my Mother's Day gifts....

1 comment:

Jenifer S said...

Now, that is "Real Learning"! What a fun activity you and Corbyn did with the strings. I'll have to try it with Olivia. I know she'd love it!

For the record, I truly, honestly do think that you have everything you need to be a homeschooler (if that is what you want to do). I think the most important things for a homeschooling mom to have are love for her child, sensitivity to his/her needs and a love of learning.

I was a teacher in my "old" life and I can tell you that all I really learned when getting my credential was how to manage a classroom of up to 30 children and how to follow directions in a curriculum guide! I think some of us are just born teachers and you don't need to go to school for that.

Thanks for the update! ;)