“Oh dear,” I thought as I looked at the model magic teddy bear C(12) had made the day before. Deep cracks had appeared in it overnight. I hoped she wouldn’t be too upset that her beautiful work had been damaged.
The cracks might have formed because our Model Magic* was so old. I bought it when my children first left school over five years ago. Back then I was anxious that they shouldn’t miss out on any experiences as a result of being home-educated (they’d had Model Magic at school, so they must have it at home!)
But perhaps because they were busy doing other things, or maybe because I was always waiting for the perfect project, the Model Magic stayed in our cupboard until I came across it during a clear-out.
Later, I found C(12) happily dipping a paintbrush into a pot of red acrylic paint. She was painting the deep cracks in her teddy bear, making them into bloodstains!
C(12) often paints, but usually on paper. “I like painting in real cracks – you don’t have to add shadows,” she happily explained. “Do you like the way I turned my sculpture into a Beautiful Oops?”
Beautiful Oops* is a sweet little book we have about how mistakes can be transformed into opportunities.
Jo Boaler, a Stanford University maths professor who’s passionate about giving children confidence in maths, talks a lot about the value of making mistakes. Her website YouCubed recently released a video for students about how important mistakes are for learning.
J(10) hates making mistakes. I show him the YouCubed video. “Don’t you think it’s amazing that our brains literally grow every time we make a mistake?” I say. ” When we get the wrong answer, then try to figure out our mistake, we learn even more than if we’d got it right in the first place!” J(10) isn’t convinced yet, but I’ll keep trying.
I’m not sure I’d want C(12)’s gruesome bear in my bedroom, but she’s very pleased with it. She’s put it in our Halloween basket with our cute rock monsters. 🙂
“I’d like to write a blog post about your beautiful oops,” I say to C(12). “The trouble is, I don’t think it’s the kind of thing people are interested in reading. They seem to be more interested in our science experiments.”
“Why don’t you write it anyway?” C(12) smiles. “Your blog is for you. It doesn’t have to be perfect.”
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I’ll leave you with sneak peek at something I’ve been working on over the last few weeks…
I’ll write more about my new blog Laugh, Love, Learn soon, but for now here’s a taster – I’d love you to head over and check it out.
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* Affiliate link to something you might like as much as I do.
I’m appreciatively linking up at Weird Unsocialised Homeschoolers’ Weekly Wrap Up.