Emily brought in this art project from my office, where she has art supplies and a desk. “Mama, this is Larry, the 8-Eyed Alien.”
“Why yes, I can see his eight eyes, and his smile too!”
Pleased that I had noticed his smile she left, announcing she needed to add teeth. I took the picture after the teeth were in place. Dave commented after she had left, “Wow, her counting has just taken off recently.”
Emily has taken off on many different levels, and to say that I am excited about officially starting homeschooling, and that Emily is excited too, is an understatement. Today I ordered about twenty books from the library as I reviewed again the goals for kindergarten…
Our official start date may be August 1st, but I couldn’t resist doing some practice work with Emily on Saturday. I had spread all of the workbooks and learning guides out in front of me, sorting through them to figure out what I needed in each of them, and what I might need to rent from the library or buy.
Basically everything I could possibly need in workbook form is sitting stacked on Emily’s art table which will double as our homeschool desk in my office. And as I finished putting them away Emily came in and asked in the most sweet and hopeful tone, “Mama, are we going to do some learning today?”
What could I say? Of course I said “Yes.” I pulled out the dry-erase upper and lower case letter workbooks and we started with Z. She struggled with it, but I reminded her again, as I had the day before, that the secret to hard things is to keep doing it, because it eventually gets easier and she will get better. She grinned and voluntarily went on to the letter Y.
Her attention faltered on lower-case Y, focusing instead on a simple addition dry-erase board and we worked on that for a few minutes. She struggled to write the numbers, but managed to pull off a decent ‘1’, ‘2’, and ‘3’ before giving up on ‘6’. For another day, I’m sure.
I grinned at her and held up one finger. She smiled back, “Uno.”
I grinned, nodded and held up two fingers.
God how I love this little girl.
I know that there will be difficult days. But right now, right now are the halcyon days every parent dreams of. Ones filled with love and laughter, learning and growing. And all I can think of is how lucky I am – to be a mom, to be mom of two beautiful girls, and to be able to help grow this amazing little one and show her how to link sounds and words, concepts and numbers, and history and life…all together into a irrepressible little bundle.
I couldn’t ask for more.