My littlest guy, whom we affectionately call all sorts of nicknames from Tadey-tade to Nugget to … for some reason, even …. ‘Guy’ … has started preschool. I know that it would be natural for me to say “I can’t believe my baby is in preschool!” We all seem to look on in disbelief to each milestone our kiddos hit. And if I did let myself, I am sure I could let the emotions flood in and I’d get all nostalgic over where the time has gone, but I’ll try to focus on the positives so I don’t get weepy.
It feels so good, to see this guy studying along side his brothers. To see how much they inspire and influence his 4-year-old work ethic and believe it or not, how much he influences theirs! This kid is a hard worker. He likes to sit at the school table and work through his Get Ready For the Code book and his ‘Math’ book and it is so ridiculously cute to hear him excitedly tell his brothers what he just learned, even though they are 3 feet away from him and obviously already know.
There was a time not long ago, (okay … about 5 weeks ago) that I felt near panic attack over how I would teach all three of these boys at the same time. I knew it could be done as most homeschoolers I know of eventually are working with multiple children. And on top of that, I wondered how I was going to teach him his letters, numbers, reading, writing …. Silly right? I’ve already gone through it with the other two, but I barely remember being at that point with them.
Worries are goofy, though, and get us no-where good, fast. So like with every ‘challenging’ task I face, I go little step by little step. Day by day with Kaden. 30-minute study-time by 30-minute study-time. Letter by letter. And surprise surprise, we’re doing just fine.
Sounding out the letters … I can’t get enough of watching him do this.
On an unrelated note, some of you who have followed my blog for awhile may be thinking, “Hey! That’s where Gage sits for school!” We are indeed sticklers with consistency for some reason, and you’re right. That is his seat. This, then, goes along with my previous post about Lifestyle Photography vs Documentary Photography. I knew I wanted to photograph Tado studying, but have photographed the boys at the school-table so many times and I wanted these to just be a bit different. I wanted him to be the focus. The soul subject of the shots.
When I noticed how pretty the light was coming in through this window (and how cool the forsythia looked through the curtain) and reflecting on the table, I went with some ‘artful manipulation’ and had him sit here instead. Artful Manipulation is a term I learned way back in Karen Russell’s class, and it gives the photographer permission to make adjustments to the scene or where the subject is, for the sake of a better photo. The authenticity of the activity is still there, but it is just the creative eye merging with the reality of the situation. He just did his thing, while I played with compositions, angles, exposures (exposing for him vs exposing to keep some of the detail in the window). He got his work done, while I both documented him, and let out some creative steam.
Anyway! Tado is in preschool and he’s loving it. It is a bit crazy to think that I started full-on into this photography journey way back when he was in the NICU, almost 5 years ago. And now here he is writing his letters and adding, and here I am teaching photography. I might question ‘where has the time gone’, but thankfully, I don’t have to. I have about a zillion photos of these past 5 years to SHOW me the answer to that!