Man, this little boy has just been charming the pants off of us lately.
We had a rough patch for a while there, where we really were questioning our decision to keep him home with us this year, rather than carting off to kindergarten.
But, he's just positively glowing with excitement and eagerness and curiosity these days. Constantly looking for new challenges. Tickled with himself when he figures something out, gets a new idea.
It really isn't anything special that we, as parents are doing. We give him time and space and materials - probably not even as much of these three things as he'd like. If he wants to learn more about something, he asks the librarian to help him find books at the library. We read every night. It's definitely a lot messier than I imagined "homeschool" would be. (so. many. tiny. scraps. of. paper.) But, whatever it is, it's working its magic.
In the past month, he's learned to ride a two-wheeled bicycle, to tie his shoe laces, to like eggs again.
(He's even begun a super-secret, super-awesome collaborative project with me, which I'll tell you about soon.)
I think he really will, eventually, thrive in a school setting. But it needs to be the right one. And, for now, we can take a few deep breaths, smile, and keep looking around and learning.