My son Rob's Facebook account says that he speaks Chinese. I cracked up the day I read this and asked him what Chinese he knew. He knew three phrases from a kids cartoon. LOL I laughed, he laughed, and I forgot about it. But apparently a nugget of interest in a language was growing.
Recently he requested "Chinese for Dummies" an audio CD set, from our local library. He has been listening to them, making his own Chinese to English dictionary. . . and teaching the words to KC. I could hear them practicing last night while I was sitting in the bathroom doing Elisabeth's hair. For me it was such a magical moment.
One of the reasons I homeschool is that i want my kids to know not just the basics but to love learning. To be inquisitive and to take the time to explore the things that interest them. I have always felt unsure about Rob. He has not really evidenced a great desire to learn anything other than sports stats (which have become a big part of mathmatical learning) so I was just gleeful to hear this.