Tuesday, April 1, 2008

I also have a son...

I've been writing about my daughter so much that I thought I should write about my son a little! Anna is at that age where she is just blossoming and Thomas has already been through that stage. His progression is much slower, even though he still blows me away daily with his knowledge and abilities! For instance, recently he spent his allowance on a Star Wars Lego set. The next day, we took a little break from school and he worked on it a little bit. He started it the night before. He got frustrated for a minute, and then as soon as he asked for my help he saw where he went wrong and corrected it himself. It was then that I realized how much a child really gets out of building, so I decided as long as he stuck with it, that would be his "school." Little did I know that he would not quit! He worked on it for the rest of the day, and when I went to check his progress, I took a look at the box. He was about 75% finished with a set that is meant for 8-12 year-olds. When I showed it to him and explained what it meant, he understood why I had the look of astonishment on my face. Here he was, almost 7, doing a "big boy" project all on his own! Night time came up before he could get it complete, so he finally asked his dad if he wanted to help. They finished it together.


Because Thomas does not typically stick with something this challenging for that long, of course I made a big deal out of it. While his Lego abilities were nurtured over time, his perseverance is still something in the beginning stages of development. He is learning! Here he is with his new "Rogue Shadow."

1 comment:

Kara said...

I really think people underestimate how useful building really is. One of the things I've noticed about my son (also 7!) is he's always got either a book or blocks in his hands. Sometimes both even! (He'll set the book down and read while playing with the blocks at the same time).

I was just reading the other day how building with Legos has a lot to do with math, and how it's one of the best ways to really learn on that particular subject. Plus of course there's problem solving and goal setting involved in a tasks.

Good for your son for staying on task and reaching this goal! This is homeschooling at it's best right here!

Tom Woods