We're back in full swing with our groups of homeschooling kids and I've decided to call this post a "little bit of a throwback" Thursday because I'm really only throwin' it back to the end of our last academic year - or May of 2015. Not all that far, I agree.
We've had our second week of class and most of the things we do at the co-op are pretty challenging.
The first week, I initiated a group of mixed-aged middle school kids into the glory that is Latin. Okay, I jest a bit. Most people would find this to be dry but we have a great curriculum geared toward kids and I was pretty excited to teach it. Latin class was the last class of the day and last week everyone seemed to be kind of glazed over by that time. That worried me a little bit; it's the kind of thing you have to stick with for a few weeks till you can wrap your head around what is going on. After all, this is the first time any of these students ever thought about Latin!
By the time this week's class rolled around, I'd heard that a few of the kids were actually pretty psyched about the class and the second week's activities seemed to go pretty well. We had some fun activities and everyone seemed to have a good grasp on the first lesson. Whew! I was feeling good about it.
As the kids rose to leave, I asked the class: "So, how are you feeling about the lessons and the class? Are you feeling confident? Are you getting it?"
Several kids indicated they liked it, but one exuberant boy had a huge smile on his face and said, "I LOVE this class! This is going to be my favorite! You're the best teacher out of all my teachers!..."
As he continued on, one of my helpers shouted "JAMES???!!!!" (Names changed to protect the "innocent.")
I turned and looked at my helper and she continued: "I teach your other classes!!" (For the record, she is an excellent teacher!)
He didn't back down one iota. That just made it funnier.
You should have seen the look on her face; I wish I had taken a picture. I haven't laughed so hard in a long time.
Boy, I missed those kids over the summer.