Her math work is divided into brightly-colored sections because if she’s going to have to do math, it might as well be colorful, right?
Of course, she spent nearly as much time creating the pretty page as she did actually working the problems, but I can live with that.
Sometimes, I have to remind myself that when I’m teaching my children, I’m teaching individually-created human beings who have different gifts and interests. She likes art. Math? Not so much. So, if art helps math, so be it.
Because I can let her spend an extra fifteen minutes making her math answer sheet beautiful.
Because I can encourage her creativity and still teach her math skills.
And, not only can I, I should.
Because she will blossom best in the soil God has designed for her. Does she need to know her multiplication facts? Absolutely. Life is much easier (and so is Algebra) when one can remember those facts quickly. Does she have to learn them from black and white flash cards? Not necessarily.
And, because we homeschool, I can encourage her to learn in the way that works best. Her brother can learn another way altogether. And those twins? They’ll each learn in unique ways, too. And, we’ll all be richer for the space and grace we have to grow.