Tuesday, August 19, 2008
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
Hey, thanks Theresa for a bit of a reality check...
A few sets have been drafted, expanded upon, simplified, ditched, and recreated again! I seem to enjoy the part of planning called researching but am fairly weak on the areas of decision making and follow through...
lots of research - lack of decision- lack of follow through = lots of face glued to screen, some enjoyment, lots of new blogs to visit, and unfortunately generous amounts of wasted time.
Will have to remedy this....
On a better note: Ann has reminded us to look after our souls. To put aside those curriculum catalogues (in my place that reads computer) and to plan for how to nourish our souls and fire ourselves as teachers and mothers....
Homeschool Planning (Enthusiasm)
Wednesday, August 6, 2008
But homeschooling is more about creating a context for nurturing and leadership, emotional security, understanding what stage of development your child is in (field position), and intellectual prowess (aptitude to match the tasks set before the child). Positive outcomes are a result of not just positive expectations on the part of the parent, but on the part of the child. A child’s sense of progress comes from increasing competence in each skill-based area. These are the habits of education that you help cultivate through enthusiasm, routine, level-appropriate lessons and a lifestyle of emotional nurturing.
Consistent learning is the result of a happy environment, reasonable expectations, and habits that are not burdensome or tedious.
At this point the article goes on to talk about how to evaluate your homeschool. She talks about looking at the child's developmental stage, where that child is at, whether that is 'ahead or behind', and to meet that child where they are. Slowing down or covering already covered ground, or challenging them with harder work so that they don't slip into boredom. Next she discusses the environment of the home...
What is the emotional temperature of your home? Are children free to share their real reactions, feelings and ideas? Can they openly state that they are bored, that their work is too hard, that they are too tired from a late night to concentrate? Likewise, do you bring a cheerful, realistic, supportive person to the table when you start the day? Are you undistracted and available to help, support and applaud the work that your kids do?
She concludes by talking about habits.
For me, these are all things I feel strongly about- when asked about homeschooling one thing I often mention is the beauty I have of moving at a child's own pace. But little do the people whom I am talking to know that inside me is that little voice that is comparing and trying to either catch them up or push them ahead. Granted, most of that never reaches the children as far as workload goes, but it can sure mess with Julie's next point: Atmosphere. Nothing wrecks a good atmosphere like highblown expectations and a distracted, uneasy mother.
I want to conclude with this Charlotte Mason quote...
Education is an Atmosphere, a Discipline, a Life.
The finest home education flows from a well-lived life.
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:: family relationships :: prayer :: music :: nature :: baking ::
:: unhurried meals :: flowers :: laughter :: art :: hikes :: conversation ::
:: thoughtful reading :: sunrise :: tea time :: down time :: play ::
:: worship and sacrament :: helping others :: friendships :: fitness :: writing ::
:: a comfortable home :: celebrations :: gratitude ::
:: joy in the ordinary ::
I loved reading this tonight....it has helped me to put our educational goals within the context of our family life, and to ponder what is lovely and what is beautiful about that life. It has also inspired me to build those routines in again when summer wanes, the routines that allow for the all the wonderful parts of living this life together.