Like any mother, I worry all the time that the decisions I make will impact my children. You can read more about my feelings as we begin this homeschool journey here. But every once in awhile we get signs that our decision was the right one. I had such an experience last week as I was doing a science lesson with my kids.
It was nothing special. We were sitting and reading about space. I had a new notebooking page made for the occastion (check it out below!). I didn’t have any expectations for the lesson other than reading, learning, and spending time with my kids. But what I experienced left me more at peace with this whole journey.
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As I mentioned before, we are loosely studying space this summer. We sat down one afternoon with Kids Big Book of Space and discussing what we knew about space while reading the book. I had made a notebooking page to use at the end. I noticed that Rocket was already scribbling on it so I took his pencil away and hid it. The boy gets fixated on things and won’t leave them alone!
I’d like to say that I was leading the lesson, but Diesel sort of took over which I was totally ok with. He was teaching and sharing his knowledge to all of us.
The Peanut would come and sit on me every once in awhile before going off to play.
As we were reading and talking Rocket couldn’t sit still. He would be sitting with us looking at the pictures one minute and off playing with the Peanut the next. As I mentioned above, he also couldn’t leave his pencil alone. This was really irritating Diesel, but I told him to let it go.
Rocket is going into kindergarten and doesn’t need to sit and listen to a science lesson as intently as Diesel would like him too. So we let Rocket go about his business and he would pop in and out of the lesson as he saw fit.
Why This Didn’t Bother Me
As I mentioned above, Rocket will be in kindergarten in the fall. He is a June birthday so he just turned 5. If we had chosen to keep him in school we would not have had him go to kindergarten because the school the boys attended is full day kindergarten. He simply would not make it 7 hours a day, 5 days a week. The boy still naps a couple times a week! Academically he is fine, but he is young and that is ok. This was one of the driving factors for us to homeschool.
Not that I have diagnosed him or anything, but I have been reading about ADHD recently and I would say that Rocket has some markers for it. Reading Taking Charge of Your ADHD has given me perspective when it comes to kids who have the wiggles and just need time. The only thing that would have been accomplished by forcing Rocket to sit and listen to that lesson was everyone getting frustrated. And who needed that!
After we were done reading about some pages and learning about some planets we pulled out the notebooking page. Diesel drew and wrote his own page after I explained what to do. I then pulled Rocket over and asked him to pick something he wanted to share what he learned about. He chose the sun. Not only did he draw the sun himself, but he was able to give me 3 facts he learned about the sun that day! Considering the child barely sat down for more than a few minutes I was impressed!
It was then that I realized we are making the right decision. Rocket is ready to learn. Diesel is ready to teach and lead discussions! Rocket would not be successful sitting in a seat for several hours a day being told to focus. His self-esteem would be shot (which is something I am beginning to notice about him as it is…another marker for ADHD) due to continue redirection and marks of misbehavior. But would he be misbehaving? Is being wiggly misbehaving? I don’t think so…
Solar System Notebooking Page
I made this with the intention of having a simple follow-up to our reading about space. As mentioned above, it turned out great! They were engaged enough to learn something. The page is simple in that they simple draw what they wanted to remember and write 3 facts about that object. Diesel chose Neptune and Rocket chose the sun. Check them out and get your free solar system notebooking page below.
Rocket wrote “sun” himself:)