Posted by Julie at Oct 3, 2012 6:00 am
So, you all know I’m no longer homeschooling…but alas, that doesn’t mean I’m not still brushing up on things as I help my daughter study. You see, I like learning stuff. I really do. Homeschooling was a joy in that way because it gave me a chance to revisit certain subjects that I showed little aptitude for as a kid, but suddenly enjoyed as an adult. Like Spanish.
I struggled with Spanish in high school, mainly, I think, because I grew up in a tri-lingual household, but was only ever permitted/encouraged to speak English. My maternal grandmother, who spoke only Italian, lived with us. (Shared my bedroom until she died when I was eleven.) My paternal grandparents lived next door…we literally shared a backyard. She spoke perfect English, but conversed with all her friends and the neighbors in Spanish. It was very confusing to my ear and so high school Spanish and college Italian were a huge struggle for me.
Now enough time has passed so that I could pick up middle school Spanish with my daughter. I loved it. I hate that she’s moved on in high school and has a A in Honors Spanish and she never asks me to help her study. I’m bummed because I’ll never catch up.
I have learned that I still have absolutely no aptitude for science, despite my intense interest. I tried to help her study for biology the other night…heh. The best I could do was read back to her what was in her textbook. Something about carbohydrates and lipids and … la, la, la, mind is wandering.
We won’t talk about Algebra.
I am, however, in my zone in history and English. These are my subjects! Wahoo! I can help…I can contribute…I can give her some “added value” to her educational experience.
Then they started reading Animal Farm and my daughter asked me the difference between socialism and communism. Umm….all I can say is, thank God for Google.
I know the difference in my mind, but explaining it to an admittedly bright 14 year old who has never lived in a world where communism posed any threat whatsoever to her safety (think about it…I was in high school when the wall fell)…it’s hard to explain. So I googled. Luckily, she adores history and loves to hear more about it.
I know I’ve asked before which class was our favorite in school (and which was our least favorite)…but I don’t think I’ve asked this…if you could go back to school and study one subject again, which one would it be?
I think mine would still be English. I would like to go back and have taken all Honors English. I was lazy and only took Honors my senior year so that I could ensure that I got the best teacher, who eventually became my boss when I went into teaching. I should have pushed myself a little harder, I think. But then, if I had, I wouldn’t have had Mrs. Young, Brother John Stella and Mrs. Friedlander, who taught me freshman, sophomore and junior year…although I’m pretty sure they all taught the honors courses, too.
What about you?
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