Almost time for school
The little one - the 5 year old - is SO excited about learning to read. She climbed into bed with me early one morning (Grizzly Papa was at work already) and chatted away. One thing she said made me giggle - it was 'Soon daddy will have TWO reading girls!' She wants her own composition book - and she shall have it!
The older one - the 8 1/2 year old - wants to re-arrange the day. She doesn't want to start with math anymore. 'Okay', I said, 'think about what you want to do and we'll make it happen. We can also continue to make adjustments if and when you want.' Last year she decided that she hated math. I looked at her in disbelief. Hate math?! She's scoring at 9th grade level on the state assessments! Hate math?! Ahhhhhhhhhhhhh...Grizzly Mama has it figured out. The cheerleader on the block (age 9) HATES math. The cheerleader on the block has taught all the girlies her cheer: 'The boys have the brains and the girls have the seexxxxy legs!' Of course I had to point out that it's a bunch of crap. The cheerleader has moved away and I had to explain to mine that usually if one hates doing something then one doesn't easily do quite so well at it.
I'm excited about starting, too. It's a lot of work yes. It's a commitment yes. Of course it is. It's a joy to watch them learn. It's a joy to learn new things right along with them. It's a joy to see that light go on. You know - when they learn to read? Every word they figure out is read aloud in a squeal and with a big smile. Nothing can replace that.
I can hardly wait for school to start!