“Why is the earth round?” “How do birds fly without getting tired?” “Why do dogs dream?”
I have a naturally inquisitive child and the questions increase when it is something he is really interested in, like space. B has always wanted to know the who, where, when, how, and whys of everything since he started talking. I’ve never stopped him from asking either. I love how innovative and intelligent he is and I don’t ever want to stifle him.
B is very smart but not book smart. He is practical/common sense smart. He can look at something and figure out the ins and outs by tinkering with it. He loves random facts but requires different medias to learn from, sitting down with just a book is like pulling teeth. I’ve mentioned before that he has special needs as he is diagnosed with ADHD, anxiety and dyslexia, so school is a rather miserable place for him.
B has gotten himself in trouble at school because of his inability to conform to their strict standards. He loves to talk and fidget, both disapproved of in his school. I’ve made the comment to friends and family that it feels like our children are in prison. If they aren’t able to read as quick as others, follow complex directions, and only speak when spoken to they are deemed “a problem”.
He has come home many times in tears because he had a note from the teacher sent home with all the things he did wrong. My question back to them is “what did he do well?” They are so quick to tell you when something negative happens but never tell you anything positive about your child.
As hard as this NTI (non-traditional instruction) is to get used to, B is flourishing. He does have plenty of questions, but learning from worksheets and online education websites has made school fun for him. He can switch his pencil half a dozen times until he finds the “right” one (feels right in his hand, yes this is a thing), twirl in his chair as he figures out a math problem, and go to the restroom without having to ask.
Those things may drive me bonkers while I’m trying to work, but that’s what headphones are for. He tells me random facts he has learned throughout his lessons that day and does it with a huge smile. He isn’t upset or down on himself and that makes me so happy. When it comes to my child’s well-being and happiness I say screw conformity!
My theme for this year’s meme is ‘Lessons my son has taught me’. No matter our age we are never to old to learn something about ourselves. To read what other’s have written please click here.