So the other day I was chatting with my hubby about the girls and their work. This is something we try to routinely do just so he can stay abreast of their status and I can unload, vent, get praise (yes, sometimes I need it) and get help. I was sharing with him that I think Princess Petals, our K child, is bored with her math. He suggested that maybe I should ask her how she felt. I decided to implement his suggestion. One morning I sat her down with a cup of tea (coffee for me) to have our conversation. It went like this:
Me: Well, mommy wants to talk to you about your math and how things are going.
Me: So, how do you think things are going?
Her: Mommy, don’t worry you are doing a great job!
Me: Well thanks sweetie. But I was wondering if the lessons are too hard or too easy of just right for you.
(Then she looks at me like I just asked the dumbest question ever!).
Her: MOMMMMy…you know sister (that would be her big sis) already taught me this stuff.
Me: So it is too easy?
Her: Mommy, I know how to count to 20, my patterns. I know all this stuff
Her: (ready for our talk to end) Mommy, maybe you could teach me something else, like counting to 100.
Her: Well Mommy this has been a good talk. I’m tired now.
She left and I remained a little in shock with the conversation I just had with my four year old daughter. But I decided to focus on her suggestion and since then we have been having a great time learning to count all the way to 100 in different ways.
I use our 100 Number Chart and spend a few minutes each day practicing counting all the way to 100. Our favorite thing to do is to cover up some numbers (she loves when I cover up all the birthday numbers) and she has to guess which number is the hidden one.
I was so glad I asked her how she felt and what she wanted.Sometimes we think we know what is best for our kids and most times we are right. But there are times that the children know best. For me, this was one of those times where she was able to tell me what was best. I am so glad I listened and I know her heart was so encouraged to learn mommy valued her idea.
The 100 number chart will forever have a special place in my heart (hers too I hope)!
Stay Encouraged & Be Blessed
Stay Encouraged & Be Blessed!