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Monday, October 5, 2009

Sometimes it pays to go back...

...and reread your own words. You know how it is when you struggle with an issue for a while and then a little lightbulb lights up in your head and you have the answer? My insights don't stay with me, I have to have them over and over again...I guess that means that I'm a slow learner.

I recently read something I wrote last year: The Golden Mean. Sometimes I surprise myself with my perceptiveness. It's too bad my ideas drop out of my head almost the instant after they form. I've been told I might be a little LD (Learning Disabled), but aren't we all in one way or another? The fact is, I read the article a couple of weeks ago, drafting this post, got interrupted by life, and am now reading it again, only to hit myself on the forehead...AGAIN! Will I never learn?!

We've hit a dry spell in our homeschool, caused in part by all the life-changes in the last six months: a new (wonderful!) baby, 2 moves (one across country and one to the town next door), hubby's new job, living with my dear in-laws for two months (and probably making them want pull their hair out:-), and losing my dear Grandma. And I couldn't figure out why I was feeling depressed and anxious, lol, I told you I was slow. And part of it is burn-out, we just weren't having much fun, kwim, we had gotten too far away from the hands-on learning that we love.

Some good has come out of this. I had my children sit down and talk about their dreams, the things they want to do sometime in their lives, and then the things they want to accomplish this school year. David wants to be an engineer someday, but this year he wants to play the harmonica. He also wants to take Karate, write and publish a novel, and do lots of other cool things. Mary wants to be a ballerina, but this year she wants to have afternoon tea. She also wants to write and publish a novel, and learn to play the guitar, among other things.

When I was a child, I was an avid dreamer, but I don't think I ever really believed that any of those dreams would actually come true. No one ever gave me the tools to make them come true or ever took any of my dreams seriously. I'm working to rediscover some of my own dreams and to create new ones...and I hope that in the process I'll be able to give my kiddos the support and encouragement they need to realize theirs. Part of that is incorporating their dreams into our homeschool. I think we all know that education is not all about book-learning and academic subjects...there's a good bit of living and growing that needs to go on, too. And how better to incorporate my rediscovered insight (the Golden Mean:-), then by mixing real-life accomplishments with the 4 R's (reading, 'riting, 'rithmetic, and reasoning---and of course science and social studies and PE and all the other stuff Maryland wants to make sure I teach my child).

So, one of my goals for this year is to write at least one article that is not a review each week and post it to this blog. And, of course, I'll be posting updates on the real-life learning along the way. Drop me a line if you see me falling down on my resolution.


  1. I am sorry to hear of your loss, my friend. I apologize for not knowing somehow...I knew you were busy,,, but this? AND yes, follow those dreams! Writing is one for you! WRITE ON!

  2. Sorry for your family's loss. I understand the "my life's gone crazy and I want to start over" feeling all too well. You have had a lot of changes in 6 months -phew!
    I love the plan to incorporate more of the children's interests (I recently had this same AHA! moment i our homeschool.)

  3. Thanks for reminding me to take the time to listen to my children and their dreams!

    Blessings to you and yours as you continue down the path that He has laid out for you.

  4. You have been in my prayers in the past few months, and will remain there as you continue through this time of transition. So sorry for the challenges you have faced.

    On the other hand, what a blessing to look for the lesson even in the dry time and find some hope.

    Thanks for sharing the encouragement!

  5. Haha. I thought your reference was to the nominations:)

    Thank you for your insights. You have helped me "see" things in a gentler way two times I can think of:) And, I just have begun to know you from TOS! I do worry about what my son will be. I need to listen to his dream to be a chef.

    I am sorry to hear about your Grandmother. And, as someone who has been uprooted, I think in the 2000's people do not understand how hard moving around is on a woman! Good luck settling in:)

  6. This is a nice reminder to all of us homeschoolers to take some quiet time to dream.

    Looking forward to your non-review articles!

    Mrs. White (from the Crew)

  7. While difficult, life challenges can bring new perspective and it sounds like you are heading in the right direction. I think a weekly article is a great idea and look forward to seeing them. Blessings to you on this journey!

  8. Great post! Often I am caught up in busy-ness of life and feeling stressed with deadlines approaching and just trying to make sure my children get their 3 R's done, we do scouts and church and I don't forget anything I'm supposed to be doing! Yes, I need to spend some time listening to my children's dreams. I already have some idea of my older three children's dreams but just need to remember to help them have opportunities to work toward them. Now, my fourth child (age 4) keeps dreaming of Narnia and insists that she wants to go there! How to make that happen? ;)

  9. My pastor's wife reminds us that sometimes we need to preach ourselves a sermon. Rereading your old posts is similar I think. That might be a good habit for us all. And thanks for the reminder to listen to our children's dreams. I definitely need to do that more.


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