SM kids need plenty of opportunities to 'be brave'. My children had progressed a good deal last school year and family and friends were voicing they could see a significant difference in their attitude. I'm hoping all the opportunities this year, especially with me being at a lot of them, will help settle their anxieties.
I have to report my pride. The kids have been asking to 'be brave' when we go out on errands. I will negotiate with reward cards or a candy bar if their efforts are turned into audible words strangers can hear. The last few days when practicing they have been twice as loud as normal. I've upped the ante and told them they have to 'be brave' to two people or say "hi and bye" to one person on our outings to receive rewards. They've even been as loud and ambitious when out with their Father too. It's a small gain, but I'm counting anything that looks like a giant one.
On a side note, I want to express my pleasure in the curriculum we're using. We're on our second month of using My Father's World and on Friday the kids had to listen to and then draw the story they heard. The story was of a fisherman, his boat and fishing lines getting tangled. The fisherman leaned over to untangle the lines and fell in and then he sent up a balloon distress signal. This story was meant to help the kids remember the bodies of water in the region we will begin to study. They were able to recreate the bodies of water on paper and then we learned a way of labeling them. It was incredible to see the light in their eyes turn on when I compared their drawn maps to the globe. They kept asking if these places were in "real life"?
|On Exploration Day we saw these two yellow finch .|
It's such a blessing to be able to be home with them and I'm so grateful that I've been given this chance to teach them. Such a rewarding experience even on the days when they're being challenging and there have been a few so far. They're all teachable moments. Everyday we're gaining so much and looking forward to what tomorrow will bring.
Be encouraged, stay positive and look for the blessings that each day may bring.
this post is linked to Homeschool Highlights in MFW at Discover Their Gifts or 2ladybugsandalizard