My friend Trent shares a Weekly Smile, and encourage others to join! There’s so many things to be grateful for, small and big things.
My smile this week goes to my daughter, she have been working so hard with all her school projects lately. I’ve always encouraged her to read. I started reading to her on a daily basis when I became pregnant with her, and she sees me read every day. My daughter started to read a few words when she was 3 years old, but after that she wasn’t very interested for a long time. She could read simple books by herself a year ago, but did not enjoy it. Some time late this summer that changed. She now enjoys reading. She asks if she can read to me several times every day, ands she does. She reads very well, and have started to read rather advanced chapter books. This makes me insanely happy, since books always have been a source of joy to me.
We have a very similar scenario with her Swedish. During her first years we only spoke Swedish at home, (her English had a Swedish accent even though she’s never been to Sweden.) Around age four she lost interest, despite all my efforts to make it fun. Now she is all of a sudden super interested, and we have Swedish lessons almost every day. Makes me very happy! I want her to be fluid in at least these two languages. She has double citizenship. She’s not fluid yet, but I do believe she understands a lot more than she speaks. We play word games, speak Swedish, write Swedish words and simple sentences, and watch movies/documentaries from Sweden together.
Today we watched a few short episodes about the Swedish language and culture on a very easy to understand Youtube channel. We also watched a few videos from the town I lived in as a child/teen/young adult. Last week we learned about some major cities in Sweden, and fall traditions.
I have been holding her back a little in math, because she is almost done with 2nd grade math. I want it to sink in, before moving on. The only thing my daughter doesn’t enjoy is writing by hand, and cursive writing. I have to be very inventive to engage her in writing. She does it, but not happily. She is good at it too, but doesn’t enjoy it. I think writing well by hand is a valuable skill, and I’m not letting go of that. She builds sentences, and writes super fast on the computer. I’d say that I am more than happy with the homeschooling progress this semester. Thinking about all the precious time we get to spend together makes me warm inside, and put a big smile on my face!
What makes you smile this week? Share some of your smiles!