We had a great school day and great school days are magical enough to warrant a blog post.
Writing is a subject of contention in our home. Especially with R. It saddens me because while other subject areas have improved since I decided to homeschool full time, his writing has declined. When he was in the part time school program he didn’t enjoy writing either but at least he did it. In this last year I’ve been lucky to get him to write the occasional paragraph and it’s never been done without considerable grumbling.
Sure, I could force my kids to write, but my desire isn’t just to have them churn out paper after paper; I want them to love writing. Or at least to have an appreciation for it. I’ve been just hoping and having faith that their desire for writing will grow.
Today, after we did a little brainstorm exercise for descriptive phrases I asked R and J to turn these phrases into sentences. I was expecting much complaining, but it didn’t come. And R…well he had fun! He even came up with extra sentences on his own. But again…he enjoyed himself. I’m simply thrilled.
Of course, I know it’s just a beginning. It’s a long term journey, but this day will carry me through future days of whining that I’m sure will take their turn again.
I guess I like to confuse my children by having the wrong date written on the board!