Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Who gives a barackobama about gerunds?

It started out so well; grammar/composition time with Michael is usually a high point in my day. But today we had to diagram gerunds. Can someone please tell me when he will ever, ever, EVER use that? He is not on track to be an English teacher, nor do I think he intends to be a grammarian.

The biggest problem is I didn’t just think it to myself; I said it. It was definitely one of those, “Did I say that out loud,” moments. And as soon as I did I regretted it because it opened the floodgates of, “Well, if you don’t think I need it then why should I do it.”

Unfortunately I didn’t have a good answer. Well, that’s not entirely true; I pulled out the old, “Well, it’s teaching you how to process information and it’s always good to learn new things.” But Michael’s on to me. He knows as soon as I say that it really means, “I cannot think of a single good reason to do this.”

I think if there were a way to connect gerunds or diagramming in general to basketball, I might have a hope. Or if I could convince him that Sean uses diagramming … okay, that’s not going to fly, because I’m currently using the, “Dad uses this math all the time at work,” so I don’t think I can incorporate grammar in that one.

Homeschooling is teaching me so much more than it’s teaching them. And what I’m learning is that I forgot how hard school can be sometimes. Not the actual school part, but the disciplining yourself to learn part.

While I never want to stop learning, I am very glad to be on this side of formal education.