I really do pride myself on being prepared and organized (for the most part) when it comes to homeschooling. So much so, that it stings quite a bit to think that I could be (just may be) a little too task-oriented some days when it comes to fitting it all in. This week, I learned this lesson from my MBug (19 months old).
You see, while the boys were playing on ALuv’s new favorite math website, I took it upon myself to give some one-on-one attention to MBug. She begs constantly for me to let her paint with the do-a-dot paint and it always spells messy when I’m trying to juggle everyone at the same time. Last time she painted, I turned my back but for a brief moment and she was sucking on the paint! YIKES!!
So, I got out my nice, neat printable; matching with NJoy’s Winter Clothing theme for the week, and thought I’d show her exactly how to paint without making a mess. Plus, painting would be a good chance to work on some fine motor skills with her, right? My agenda was quickly trumped.
I spent the next 20 minutes watching her take my “in the box” idea of dotting all the circles and crushing it into a pile of rubble. I was completely amazed by this little girl and so glad I had my camera handy to catch it all.
Of course, the tears came when I told her it was time for the boys to begin their schoolwork and we’d have to clean up…
…but I learned a lesson from this little girl. While an agenda can be important (and necessary), I need to always remember to be flexible enough to learn from some of the best teachers around…my own kiddos!
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