The blog buzz in my sphere lately, is all bout the start-up of a new school year.
Teaching Momma's are excited about
new pencils and crayons,
I have been thinking for weeks about what I want our next year of learning to entail.
As regards academics, what's the most important things I want to focus on for each child?
As regards hearts - what is most important to the Lord?
I have lots of ideas, and in my brainstorming I've been praying that the Lord would help me know what would be just the right approach for my family.
It's pretty easy to find value in what someone else is doing (because it always looks so much more achievable when someone else is doing the legwork!)
Then there's the beauty of blogging.
Only the best gets published, creating a lop-sided perspective of the total picture.
the best ideas,
the best pictures,
the best crafts,
the best stories,
the best successes,
the best days out of ALL the days I home school...
...Those are the blogs YOU get.
Those are the blog posts we ALL get when we peruse the windows into other peoples lives.
I'm not saying it's bad,
Just so you are clear, I don't plan to start blogging my failures and worst days. I doubt you'd come back, and to be honest,
I prefer not to remember those things.
My purpose in reminding us (because this is my pep talk to me as well) this truth, is so that you and I purpose to
do . what . works . for .me
For you, that is.
Do what works for YOU.
And don't be fooled into changing your groove just because it looks
on someone else! You might actually lose a good thing that you already possess ;-)
Now that I got that off my chest, let me share one thing that I'm really excited about doing this year:
I am going to
study my children.
In trying to figure out what each one needs from me in the wide world of academia, I am quickly reminded that my children are unique - not only in ages and stages, but in every facet of their make-up.
I am their mom, yet I could do to know them better.
Furthermore, there are things in this life that are more important to me than their ability to do sums.
Do I know how to help them with heart issues and character qualities on a personal level?
In more than a general sense? ie. "we are learning about Patience today children..."
Here's my little idea.
I am starting a binder just for journaling each of my children.
There is a divider for each one, and in his or her place I plan to make notes about that persons
fears and concerns,
things they like to do,
thoughts and dreams.
Whatever makes them tick.
Whatever they tell me about themselves,
but mostly all the things I observe.
I will steal an idea from a friend of mine and draw each face, praying for that person as I study him.
I will record things they say and did;
I want to pay attention to poor attitudes that need to be uprooted before becoming a permanent part of that persons character.
I want to take time to pray for each one of mine with purpose and with understanding.
I hope to use that binder/journal a lot this year, and I hope it might start something that "works" for me.
I have lots of plans for our school year, but I am trying to set baby goals so I can reevaluate every now and again whether my people are growing and learning,
or whether we are just checking off the boxes to get "it" done whatever "it" is,
or whether we are just attempting to keep up with what works for the Joneses.
Our family is unique from every other, just as each child in my home is different from one another.
Start off your year looking straight ahead. Slow and steady is just fine.
You'll do great!
"Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses,
let us lay aside every weight,
and the sin which doth so easily beset us,
and let us run with patience the race that is set before us."