Today, I sat for 5 hours trying to help my 9 year old son grasp multiplication even though he’s been doing these very problems for almost a year now. I think COVID-19 somehow snatched up the math he’s memorized and threw it out the window. Or something. I don’t know.
In those 5 hours, he managed to answer 5 correctly and a bunch wrong. Some part of me pressed him to continue on, because it’s character building. But the character it was building in me wasn’t very pretty. Not sure if I should laugh at that, or take myself seriously here. Maybe a bit of both? Life is a little crazy right now and nothing seems normal or ok.
Since it’s 9: 31 pm and he still hadn’t managed to remember how to do the most basic of multiplication, I decided to switch it up, back it up..whatever you want to call it, and try something different. I pulled up some learning songs on Youtube and told him this was now math. Listening to these songs are his new math goals.
Sometimes, we have to find new ways to teach. Sometimes we can’t just do it. All this learning and confining has been new for us too. Even though we homeschool all the time and have for four years, some days we just have to switch things up and figure things out in a new way. Today, that was watching learning Youtube videos. Tomorrow, it might be popsicle sticks. The next day might be the math book curriculum that I bought, or it might be printing pages off of Education (dot.com).
I’m learning to go with the flow. I’m learning that changing things up, backing myself up and switching directions is PERFECTLY FINE.
I’m someone who likes order and perfection. Like, my favorite phrase is “Do a full, and complete job!” I just want things done in a way that makes sense to my brain. Changing things up isn’t my thing. But as a mom to four, I have to constantly be in a state of awareness that I might need to do things just a little differently sometimes. And that’s ok.
Here’s to giving ourselves grace during this time to just go with the flow, to become creative and to be ok with things not going as planned.