I wrote this post this afternoon and then had some additional thoughts. I don’t know if I expressed what I wanted to say at all well, so I reverted the original post to draft. More thinking needed! Does that ever happen to you?
I guess the thought I was trying to express was that if parents feel enthusiastic and excited about learning, the chances are their children will too. Enthusiasm is contagious. (The converse is also true. When I have been unhappy about homeschooling, things didn’t go well at all.) When I share ideas I love, my children really pick up on my enthusiasm. They nearly always want to try them out for themselves.
But I don’t have to provide all the ideas. My children have great ideas of their own. It’s these ideas which excite me the most.
I did share an idea in my original post. I’ll post it again just in case you are interested…
The other day I had an idea.
“Hey, Sophie! Gemma-Rose! Do you want to hear my latest idea?”
They all came running, eager to hear what I’d come up with.
“Wow! That sounds like a great idea,” said Sophie.
The girls love collecting things. I guess all kids do. Card collections are especially fun. Did you ever collect cards as a child, swapping them until you had a whole set? I’ve enjoyed flipping through cards, sorting them out, arranging them in order… More recently, I’ve collected holy cards. There’s something appealing about having lots of different cards that belong to a set.
So I printed off small copies of the Vermeer paintings onto sheets of matte photographic paper. I was careful to choose a printing option that allowed the whole image to be displayed, and not be trimmed to fit the template. I wanted to keep all the details of the paintings. The cards turned out quite large. I probably could have got away with making them smaller.
I wrote the painting’s and artist’s names on the back of each card. I added the date Vermeer painted each picture. And then I gave them to the girls.
Sophie and Gemma-Rose were eager to show their cards to the older girls.
“Look what Mum made for us! We’re going to collect art cards!”
“Can I have some too?” asked Charlotte.
I looked at Imogen. “You too?” She nodded enthusiastically. No one is too old for art cards it seems, even if your official homeschooling days are over. Actually, I’d also like a set of my own.
And now I’m wondering why it is me who is making the cards. The girls are quite capable of making them themselves. I shall show them how and then the whole card system will be entirely in their hands. I can step back and leave them to it. I can go off and think about my next great idea.
Why is it essential I love my own ideas? Maybe that’s the wrong title, conveying the wrong impression. What I really meant to say was…
It is essential I love and enjoy homeschooling with my children. I think it would be very difficult to inspire them to love learning if I wasn’t excited about it myself.
What a messy post! Perhaps I should have just deleted everything. It’s one of those days when my brain feels dead, and probably this post holds nothing of value anyway. I do apologise!
“Gemma-Rose, come here quickly! Hold these cards for me. I want to take a photo.”
“But Mum… My hands are dirty. Look at my hair!”
“No one will notice.”
And if anyone does, I’m sure they will understand I interrupted a great outside game.