Monday, August 18, 2008

Lightbulb moments

One of the joys of teaching my kids at home is that I get to witness so many of the "lightbulb moments." You know, the moment when you see them grasp a new concept for the first time (and the lightbulb goes on!). We had another one today. I started working with Gabby last week on the concept of grouping amounts and then adding them together, and she seemed to understand. Well today I could almost here the 'click' when the lightbulb turned on! The task was to group items (first we worked with pictures of strawberries, then with just plain dots) and add them together (sums ranged from 1-10). She understood perfectly! Not only that, she understood when I went on to explain how you write the equation...both horizontally and vertically! I was so excited! I showed her five examples, and then she did five more on her own...addend + addend = sum.
What beautiful moments lightbulb moments are...exciting and filled with wonder. I'm so thankful that I'll get to experience lots of these with my children as I teach them at home!

1 comment:

Amy Bass said...

Being present for those moments are so special. I look forward to learning from your experiences of homeschooling with your children. It will make it a little easier for us when it is our time to start school. Thanks! Amy