“Nature has the most beautiful, priceless of objects that we can find. Objects that we need to sustain life. Objects that inspires us to live life.”
The past several days, my wife and I had been brain storming with our second grader with his school project about natural resources, man-made objects, renewable energy and recycling. I felt like I was back in grade school researching and all but only this time it seemed harder. Those years of stock knowledge really got “stuck.”
“When it comes to appreciating nature, size doesn’t matter. Big shoe or little shoe the heart that loves nature and the spirit for adventure are pretty much the same.”
Natural resources are in our environment. Examples are land to plant fruit and vegetables for food, water for drinking, wood from trees in our forests, Sun for solar energy, wind, air, minerals, coal, fossil fuel, fish and animals.
After a few discussions and a unanimous decision, we chose wood as our natural resource.
I summarized my 8-year old’s school project with a collage using Pic Collage App.
Yesterday, we went to school all excited. My son placed his school project inside a huge shoe box as he ran towards the car. Just before we left the house, we let him read his presentation twice. First one sounded more like a whisper, the second, louder but he said it too fast I didn’t understand some of the words. I crossed my fingers and hoped his actual presentation will be better. Just before we entered the school’s main entrance I told him, “Remember to speak loudly, clearly and slowly. Good luck.” He replied, “Okay, dad.”
Just before I went to work, I noticed my son rewriting his presentation almost in tears. I asked my wife, “Why is he writing the school project again?” Looking sad, my wife replied, “He didn’t pass his presentation and needs to repeat it tomorrow.” His teacher wrote a graded summary of his performance including his responses to her questions. She also wrote emphasis on areas he needs to improve and be familiar with. I saw some frustration on my son’s face but in a way the three of us learned our lesson the hard way.
As parents, we are there to help, guide and support him but he needs to play the major role in researching his own work, making his own presentation and more importantly practice speaking and answering questions with confidence. He needs to experience in his own little way the realities of life and learn from his mistakes.
This morning, I whispered a little prayer that he will do well and pass it this time. I will walk him to school with full faith that he can do it. I hope that would be enough for him to overcome his shyness and stand in front of the class confidently, bravely. I believe he already knows the answers and I just need to help him believe in himself that he does.