Homeschooling never ceases to amaze me. Sometimes, it’s the absolute difficulty and frustration that surprises me, and sometimes it’s the novelty. Today, it was the latter.
J had just completed his first workbook of the day, and as we sat down to review his work together, I asked him to grab me a marker for grading.
Here’s what happened next:
J: “I want red.”
Me: (Flashing to the above image in my mind, I almost said ‘Are you sure,’ but I kept quiet).
J: Continued, “Because red is my favorite color now.”
It’s just that simple for him.
I love that.
I love that editing marks and red pens aren’t negatives for him. Even when I point out errors that he has to correct, I try to teach him that it’s actually a good thing. I don’t want him to grow up terrified to make a mistake. Instead, I want him to learn about the importance and necessity of editing, proofing, and re-writing.
Maybe it’s just the ex-copy editor in me, but I know that even the best writers need someone to fix their commas and check their spelling and use of prepositions. Unfortunately for J, I happen to be some kind of freaky savant with grammar, but I think he’ll survive.
I think he’ll do exceptionally well if I can just remember that things like red ink, proofing marks, and revisions don’t have to be negative things in his world. I love that homeschooling gives us that. They can just be colors, helpful reminders, and part of the writing process.