Both children spontaneously started projects involving paper this week.
Matthias isn’t a project kid and so I’ve treasured the process and the product. The look of concentration. The hours of detailed creation. The bright, colourful cards so large.
Pokemon cards, about 9 x 12″
He usually listens to Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows while doing these. The double combo of prolonged art involving fine-motor skills and an audiobook is just proving that no matter what you knew about your kids yesterday, you never know what surprises hide inside them today.
Sandra’s project involves making paper models of molecules, complete with hole-punched circles for neutrons and protons and small pencil dots for electrons. My father has just begun teaching chemistry to her and another girl her age. He’s using Real Science for Kids. I’m so grateful that he’s doing this – he’s Sandra’s best friend, he’s wise and thoughtful, and he’s a trained scientist with time to do this right.
I often read about other homeschooled kids doing incredible things spontaneously. It seems like my kids lack creativity and gumption by comparison. These sorts of perfect moments, the kinds we love to share with outsiders, happen pretty rarely around here. So I treasure them and document them when they do pop up.
Don’t feel, as I often do, the urge to compare your house with mine. Right now, for instance, it’s 9 am and Matthias is in bed in a state of shock that it is Monday and not Sunday as he supposed and is moaning whenever I mention coming down and listening to our chapter book while eating breakfast. I have no idea what Sandra is up to, having woken her quite late today and left her smiling fuzzily through sleepy eyes.