Monday, February 16, 2015
If It's Worth Doing, It's Worth Doing Well (Here's Praying Anyway!)
This is my eldest son's last year before high school begins. The big leagues. When, as he would put it, "school starts to count". Insert big sigh, since school has been "counting" since the womb, or I would not have read, "Go, Dog. Go!" exactly 8,932 times when he was a toddler. Well, give or take a time or two.
So tonight, I got to sit and chat with an amazing mentor, and one of my son's teachers/partners in his educational journey. We were talking about the future of his education and the scary high school years, since they apparently "count". In the homeschool world, this can be even a bit more intimidating. You simply do not want to goof this up.
While gleaning from her and her eldest daughter (also an awesome teacher; I am soooo buttering these two up as much as I can in preparation for the next four years, but their reputation and skill precede them, so while buttering I am still speaking the truth...), she shared with me something my son said to her. She had commented on his skill and talent at drawing and asked him if he loved doing it a lot.
He responded (and I am paraphrasing the both of them here, I am the 40 year old mother of five, therefore my brain capacity is limited, at best) that he did not necessarily like it, simply because he was very good at it. Another friend and fellow writer was also in the room, and we all got a good chuckle at his sage fourteen year old insight, and that it would make for great blog fodder.
I thought about that on the way home. This fact that seemed so obvious to him, was an eye opener for me. However, it took a different turn. For the most part I love having my kids home for their education. I enjoy teaching them (save Jr. High math; it should be outlawed). My astute nine year old commented today how I learn with them. He is so right. It's probably a dead give away, granted the number of times I say, "That is so cool, I didn't know that!"
When push comes to shove, I can be good at coordinating curriculum, modifying it to what I want it to look like for my kids learning styles, organizing work, and envisioning projects and trips. But there are many days, I don't like doing any of it. I want to sit on my duff and just read a good book. Educating kids at home can be hard work. Just like my wise old son, I want it to be easy. But as the saying goes, "Nothing in the world is worth having or worth doing unless it means effort..."
If my kiddo graduates remembering nothing else this entire crew backing him has taught him, if he simply remembers that, he will do just fine. As for me? I still want to do some serious duff sitting with that book. Something about old dogs and new tricks, or the like...