This time, it’s Durin’s turn to recite his first memorized poem, “The Land of Nod” by Robert Louis Stevenson. It took him no time at all to memorize the words, and he prided himself on being able to quote it quickly. I worked with him on enunciation and expression, which was tougher for him, but he really worked at it. I’m proud of how hard he’s trying to do well in school, and the fruit of his labor is beginning to ripen.
I can’t begin to express how really really good it feels to teach my kids, and see them flourish. It gets ridiculously hard at times – to the point that I drool a little whenever I see a school bus – but every moment has been worth it. Seeing his learning strengths and weaknesses, his hard work and clear progress, and the beginnings of mastery are all things I wouldn’t trade those hard days for. The good days far outweigh the bad for me. For now, anyway.
We’ll see what future years hold for this kiddo when we get there.
Without further ado…