As a mom I have noticed my kids struggling with sticking to a difficult task in order to master a new skill. They often get bored or frustrated so they give up and that is not a pattern I want my kids to get into. This summer my kids each have the task of learning a new skill. They had to pick something that would take time and effort to master. Something that would last all summer as they worked hard to get better and better. We spent time discussing interests and goals and it was a great way to get to know my kids better as they get older and mature. I took some discussion but each of my kids came up with a goal they were excited about.
Once each of my girls picked a skill we went online and requested books from our local library to help them learn. The goal of this project was to let me kids learn a new skill but do it on their own. To struggle and try again and finally succeed. I want my kids to know that the struggle in learning a new skill is part of what makes it so rewarding.
So this summer my daughters are learning to make:
improving their painting skills with acrylics
and learning to crochet.
Each day they spend some time on their new skill and it has already been so fun to see them progress. In a world of instant information you can have books from any library, watch YouTube videos and more on any subject. This means learning new skills is easier than before. My kids are having so much fun that I have been inspired to take on the challenge for myself, time to think of a new skill to master!