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Home-schooling

Updated: Apr 1

Day 399


3/30/20


Home-school has been loads of fun. Even though 2 of our 3 aren't school age, anything you do with kids before kindergarten age is basically home-schooling, quarantine or not, right?


During the past couple of weeks, we have spent quite a lot of time doing educational activities. Like flying paper airplanes and playing in the mud and...wait, wrong activities.


The kids love their flashcards, and they are getting pretty good at them, too.


I'm trying to help Ace realize that learning new things is fun, but he is often more interested in the ones he already knows. He really likes to be right...hmm, I wonder who he gets that from? Fitting, I'm reading Mindset, by Carol Dweck, right now. Really awesome book. More about that in a couple of days.


We have also spent a lot of time drawing and learning how to write the letters of the alphabet. Ace even drew a pretty awesome picture of a dinosaur (photo at the end).


Hope is still figuring out which letters are which, and most of the time, when you point to a letter and ask her what it is, the answer is "A." However, I learned, today, that she does much better if she is asked to pick a letter out of a lineup.


After observing this, Ace decided that he was going to be the teacher.


The ensuing 30 minutes of Ace to Hope instruction was priceless. Ace cheered at the top of his lungs every time she brought him the letter he requested, even if he had to coach her very specifically to the right answer. His joy was found in her success. At least he gets mudita (look it up).


Tonight's interaction is easily among my favorite moments as a parent, so far.


Mia officially starts distance learning tomorrow.


She is less excited.


But, maybe if Ace shows the same excitement every time she learns something new, she'll feel better about it.


Being a dad is the coolest.


I guess it's probably tied with being a mom, but I don't have any experience in that department.


Teacher and Student
In case you haven't learned to read yet, that says dinosaur...he drew a picture to help you out.

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