We started our homeschool studies again, on Monday. Seventh grade is going to be an interesting year.
Seventh grade marks an epoch in my daughter’s life. Now she’ll be more responsible and accountable for her studies, yet it will build her character as she becomes more self-directed and self-disciplined. There will be times when she struggles with getting things done, but that’s when I come in and facilitate and help her to succeed; in essence, I’ll be more of a facilitator than an instructor.
My problem is that I’ve enjoyed learning alongside her, and to be honest, I don’t want to lose any opportunities to get my brain cells perked up doing sentence diagrams, math problems, Latin declensions and conjugations, and so much more!
I learned how to do these things while I was in school, but I didn’t realize how much I had forgotten until I started teaching my daughter. She laughs when I tell her that the only Latin I remember is hic, haec, hoc, but that I don’t remember what it means (good thing we have the internet!).
In preparation for this year, I’ve been consolidating all of her K-6th grade work into portfolios and found that she’s done a tremendous amount of work. I don’t have the heart to throw out any of her history notebooks; they have so much valuable information, wonderful drawings with accompanying narrations, reports, and timelines we created together. Her Bible study notebooks are treasures! So, I’ll put them away, again, and add to them this year’s work.
I’m looking forward to this year; my daughter, well, she tells me my expectations for her are too high. I encouraged her to read Alex and Brett Harris’ book, Do Hard Things. She told me she’s beginning to see that doing hard things is a good thing and that low expectations are not beneficial to anyone. A verse she memorized this week provided perspective, 1 Corinthians 10:31:
“Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.”
It’ll be a good year of challenges and discovery, for both of us. For now, we’ll take it one day at a time.