Recently, Legoboy was required by his tae-kwon-do instructor to write a one-page paper on respect. This is the first outside "assigned paper" he's ever had, outside of some paragraphs here and there. At home, we've had other types of writing assignments, easing into writing "papers".
The pictures throughout this post are some of the resources he used to write that paper.
Despite having all the keys he needed, he felt quite overwhelmed. So, while I was occupied with my own work, I non-chalantly reminded him of the writing process:
- get your ideas down on paper (wide variety of options - notecards, bubbles, lists, etc.)
- organize those ideas under main headings
- consider any other headings that should be included (look at "audience requirements") - edit as needed
- physically organize all these ideas in order, and begin writing on paper with complete sentences.
- Edit from there as needed.
|Praying for Gifts of the Holy Spirit|
|learning the names and definitions of the Gifts of the Holy Spirit|
My son is learning to maintain his commitments, because he does not over-commit. Each new activity, whether on-going, short-term or one-time, we are able to discuss the realities of the situation and make an appropriate commitment level, such that we don't break promises. We have the experience repeatedly with children attending full-time schools of broken commitments, tired children, cranky parents who over-step their boundaries in public. It is simply not a culture we seek for ourselves.
|source for the Gifts: Scripture itself|
Scripture is the primary reading reference in our household
|Some of the definitions - particularly COUNSEL|
(funny thing is - those parents who do the work for their kids - could spend the exact same amount of time homeschooling their children instead - and there'd be a lot less stress in those homes, a lot more responsibility, and time to just be together as family - all the reasons I homeschool)
- Creative Communications: a series of writing exercises designed to get the children thinking and utilizing real writing skills - nothing arbitrary here! These are assignments from me, but he enjoys them.
- writing prompts from the history and science magazines he reads - these have never been "assigned" by me, but have been freely worked on by Legoboy
- Typical writing experiences: letters to family, grocery lists, write-ups to me about why we should spend our hard-earned money on specific purchases (what would be the benefits and drawbacks, how much will it cost, how long will it last, maintenance, where will it be stored, etc.)
- summaries of Scriptural passages, with some quotes
I have looked the material over and I know that at age 9 1/2 he is just barely ready for this middle school work. Go Montessori! (and homeschooling!)
|Level 3 Prophet studies - moral and messianic|
|Typology studies - this one is creation (How does creation continue today?)|
Legoboy has also studied Sin (How do we fight Sin today?)
and the Flood (How are we renewed by God today?)
|10 Commandments and the Level 3 maxims|
(same as the level 2, on smaller tablets - and 5 more of them)
|Level 3 History of the Gifts of God|
(level 2 is bigger but covers the same concepts)
Level 3 requires personal responses
regarding the Gifts we have received.
In the end, Legoboy was asked to provide examples of respect - because I refused to have him re-write his legitimate work, and I am his ultimate authority here on earth. I think this is the first time ever I have modified a requirement from someone in authority over him. So they provided a new assignment. Since they didn't give any other guidelines to it, he created a "graphic paper" for them:
UPDATE 10/7/2013: It turns out they loved the fact he used a combination of art and some words to show the examples. They also love the examples he utilized. Success!
For the PUBLIC record - I edited the first page of his paper entitled "respect in graphic" - I replaced his name for obvious reasons - you can tell where that was/is.
He provided 5 examples of "this/not this":
- practicing low-block while the instructor isn't watching (do it right, or do it sloppy)
- putting a book on the shelf properly in our home (yeah, there's a history here on this one)
- saying no to drugs
- seeking counsel (I love this one: say "hmmm" to consider someone's counsel - or say "I don't care what you think" in the other)
- speech therapy (he listed the things the could think about if being disrespectful (Legos, etc.) compared to what he would think if respectful (whatever it is she is telling him to work on)).