For the sake of record keeping we had to go over a bunch of lists and I was supposed to grade where my kids are at in their learning process, in both mechanics and attitude. I've never liked writing report cards, but I found myself pathetically unable to put a number on my kids. Firstly, I realized that I was inclined to be tougher on my kids than I ever was with other students. It was hard to pick a high number when I know they're capable of going to the moon and back! :-) Secondly, I just plan ol' couldn't reduce them to a number--they're so much more than that. As much as I love numbers and straight lines and precise measurements and things that fit into tidy boxes, my kids fit into my heart not just my brain.
So today I'm thankful that I have been given the privilege to invest my heart into their minds and their hearts. It helps because I kind of feel like I need a "day off" and a date with my husband--instead it's a Saturday where he's working and the big sister is off for a tournament. The break and the date will happen. Pausing to give thanks renews my strength for today. That's all I need--strength and joy for today.
"Those who look to him for help will be radiant with joy;
no shadow of shame will darken their faces."
*Also wanted to a share a link to a post in Sonlight's blog about requiring proficiency that really encouraged me in some of the choices I'm making with my son. It might encourage you too!