Tuesday, January 29, 2008


I had a light-bulb moment today.

I've blogged several times how I felt this year was uninspired, dull or just not as wonderful as years gone by. I felt it was due to our dog's illness and death, I was wrong. I now understand WHY.

It's because I'm not nearly as involved. Yes, I'm very involved, but Thomas has made that leap this year from needing me to sit by his side while he does his work to working independently.

What took me so long to figure it out???

When we started our homeschool adventure, which was Thomas' third grade year, he had concentration issues. I had to sit by his side year after year. "Focus, stay on task, don't lose track of where you are" were all common words spewing from my mouth. Now? He gets his assignment, asks any questions, and goes off to do his work.

This is a GOOD thing. I don't know why I didn't figure it out sooner.

My babe is growing up -- at his own pace.


Carole said...

Oh wow! What a moment! Isn't it so grand that we get to see these moments.

Hats off to you for getting Thomas to this point. That is a huge step-forward, no baby step either. HUGE!

audrey said...

Do you actually mean to say that there will come a time when I won't have to repeat, "Okay, now focus... stay on task," over and over and over and over and over and...??

Mama B said...

Wee! Yay for you Frankie. And even though you've been feeling unispired *I* am constantly enjoying the window view of the future with my own boys learning and doing a bit more independently like Thomas is now.

Summer Fae said...

I have started to notice that my oldest is getting this way. I wish that he wanted me still by him to help with the harder stuff, but I understand that he wants to do it on his own.

Becky at Farm School said...

Hurray for both of you :)

Elisheva Hannah Levin said...

Oh, this is a really wonderful insight! Thomas is now on the road to being an autonomous learner.

It's a bittersweet moment, because your boy is growing up. But what a man he will be someday!

Heather said...

Seems like as soon as I get one child to this point, another will be there. I envy the homeschooling mother of an only child for this reason. Just think - in a few years, you might be able to list the weeks worth of assignments and just let him go. Imagine all the free time you could have! Ah, in a perfect world..