It sounds so appealing and relatively easy!
Learning the "FUN" way!
Let me set the scene.....
Mom asks son if he wants to
spend some time in the kitchen
with her today.
"It will be fun!"
Mom says, thinking about all the testimonies
and homeschooling articles she's read; touting
the glorious times that moms have had
with their children, creating and baking
and learning together.
Knowing his attention span is not that long,
she bakes the cupcakes ahead of time,
sets them on the counter to cool
while she lovingly arranges the frosting,
utensils and food coloring.
When the time is right,
she calls her son to the kitchen with
excitement in her voice;
just knowing this will be one for the
Son's eyes get wide when he spots
the icing (his favorite part), and
the food coloring looks like fun too!
He grabs the plastic knife
as mom gently reminds him
how to ice the miniature cakes.
He half-heartedly spreads
some blue icing on the
white cake top,
hands mom the knife,
"This is too hard. I'm done!"
And scoots out of the room
in his quick way.
Mom's left holding the knife,
realizing her attempt
"Fun learning" has
been a bust,
just like the Science experiment,
the lapbook attempt,
the fun charts and carefully
orchestrated lesson plans.
Reality with boys is this:
"Teach me the basics - nothing else.
I've got life to live and all this extra stuff
is keeping me from the real thing!"
And off they go to their Legos, their bikes,
their guns, swords, bugs, and dogs.
And Mom just shakes her head
and reminds herself that
this is exactly how God made them.