Things have changed some since I’ve last posted about our homeschooling experience. We are doing much better focusing and handling frustration. And I do mean “we”. I have noticed my frustration has nearly diminished. He has even started looking forward to starting school on Mondays.
Cursive is our toughest lesson so far, but I have figured out our problem: If he doesn’t see near perfect results he writes it off as impossible.
I notice this when we are just coloring or painting together. If my drawing is better. He feels he inadequate. That he won’t ever measure up to what I can do. Not understanding I have years experience in the coloring/painting world. Not that I am trying to create some kind of masterpiece. I know I don’t have to do much to impress, but for some reason he feels he has to be perfect to compare with me. After looking at my “picture” he more or less says, “Why bother?”
Makes me sad when he feels that way. So I give an abundance of praise when he does a good job, even if it isn’t perfect I want him to know that just trying his best is worth noticing. I don’t want to inflate his ego, but I don’t think he has enough confidence yet that too much praise will be a problem.
But look! He is learning to write words in cursive!
I can’t even begin to describe the feeling of satisfaction I get watching him work and improve. It is truly rewarding. I am so grateful for this opportunity to be such an important role in his learning!