Wednesday, December 1, 2010
Home Spun comic strip #557
It's true. I spend so much time trying to encouraging my kids to be independent, but when they actually show some sign of self-sufficiency, I feel unneeded. Take unschooling, for example. I love that Sierra has been pretty good at learning things on her own. The other day she folded a circle to show me how she figured out what one half and one quarter are. She also showed me the sevens table pattern she had drawn on her chalkboard. As she traced the pattern with her finger, she told me the entire sevens table up to ten times seven. This is great. Except my inner teacher wants to horn in on that success and say, "Hey! I taught her that!" But I can't. She did it out on her own. I'm only responsible for giving her the tools to find answers.
Marina read through this and compared me to James Bond's Q, who made all the nifty gadgets that 007 used on his missions. I like that analogy. I am an education Q!