Tuesday, January 8, 2008

Peeking Around the Corner

I think some of the best moments of homeschooling are the ones I'm not a part of. Those moments when it's just the kids and your only role is as an unnoticed observer.

I had one of those moments yesterday. Catherine was at the computer doing her GeeArt lesson and Harry, Madi (the niece) and I were out in the living room. Harry wandered out so I went in to shoo him back out but he was watching her lesson intently. She didn't mind so I pulled up a chair and he sat down. I left the room and when Madi wandered in next I didn't follow. Having the two little ones in there didn't seem to cause any screams of protest so I let it go. Ten minutes later though I heard Catherine talking. I peeked in and there she was giving the two younger kids a lesson on lines in art. She was using a little app that was part of her lesson to demonstrate lines and structure, carefully explaining it and then asking questions to prompt the kids to come up with some ideas and answers. Her tone was light but not pandering and she had the kids, a 6 and a 4 year old, pointing out things about art that she herself had only just learned about.

I started homeschooling for reasons surrounding the kids' learning. I never thought one of the benefits would be the development of good teaching skills.

1 comment:

molytail said...

oh that is wonderful! :-) ...sounds like Catherine has learned some awesome teaching skills from her own awesome teacher - you! :-)