Sometimes there are days I wonder why I homeschool and then there are days I KNOW why I homeschool. Today was one of those days. A day when I watched the beauty of Montessori philosophy unfold before my very eyes. No, this was not the first day this has happened, but since Christmas break it has been a struggle to get back in our normal groove. So needless to say, this was a special day for me.
A lower back injury on Friday still kept me quite limited in mobility today (Monday). My daughter, a 5th grader, pulled out her Life of Fred Math and her Latin assignment I gave her. My son, a 1st grader, listened as I read his Life of Fred and then did his math problems. I needed to lay down so we all curled up in my bed and read a book on Abe Lincoln since his birthday is tomorrow.
The beauty came next when I said they could take a break. My daughter got out the art and Valentine’s supplies and did crafts with my 1st grader and 2 year old. This was on her own initiative. She was following some instructions in our Disney Family Fun Valentine book. We did not have some of the supplies so she improvised, using her creativity to make valentines and fun things with what we have. Her ability to take an idea from a book and make it her own demonstrates ingenuity and creativity. She also showed great leadership skills by teaching her younger brothers.
They were also interested in Winter Storm Nemo so we discussed the states that were hit and found a website with snowfall totals. My daughter converted the snowfall ,recorded in inches , to feet. I then suggested a bar graph to represent the totals. They went off and got their materials and my daughter showed my first grade son how to make a bar graph. Here are their graphs:
I was amazed with how they chose work independently and how they took what they needed to do with minimal instruction. They worked cooperatively to complete tasks. They demonstrated empathy by making me a get well card.
A beautiful day despite not being able to be present like I normally am. This is why I homeschool — family togetherness, independence but also teamwork, self-directed learning.