One of the benefits of homeschooling is that we have the chance to capitalize on each child’s individual strengths. My 11 year-old: really good at math and loves weird creatures. My 8 year-old: very musical and loves to build stuff. My 7 year-old: nothing can stop her and loves art. My 4 year-old: incredibly coordinated and loves ponies.
The challenge for me, then, is to make sure each one learns the basics (reading, writing, arithmetic) and capitalizes on their strengths. Especially when I don’t love weird creatures or building stuff. I’m not good at art, and I graduated from ponies about thirty years ago.
Recently I added to O’s workload by asking him to build a world-famous monument for me out of Legos. The first was the Eiffel Tower. He was so excited– and then I said, “That’s not proportioned quite right. Can we…” He burst into tears, but recovered, and then we had a lesson on proportion. Eventually he went back to the drawing board and came up with a proportional model of the Eiffel Tower.
Thank goodness I have Sam to teach Pony Math.