Monday, February 06, 2012

I came across some great thought provoking articles recently that I thought I'd share. The first one is an article from Simple Homeschool's Homeschool Day in the Life series. Rachel DeMille shared one of her days, I have always wanted to peek into the windows of her homeschool among others. A couple things that really stood out for me was the excitement in sharing what she figured out with her children. Lately as Dan has been traveling and not having a true kindred friend here yet I have felt a little without. Maybe I should just get over the hump and learn to enjoy sharing more with my children. Of course it can not completely fulfill my need for adult conversation but that does not mean I can not enjoy them more! I also read another article from the DeMills about the importance of reading, both as an individual and as a family. We really adopted and made this practise our own, our youngest has thrown that off a bit in the 2 1/2 years she has been with us. I need to make this more of a priority in our day, it is so enjoyable to see everyone getting excited about a story!

I also read this story about Steve Jobs, I'm not a huge fan but I think he was good at what he did and I do want my children to find their passion! I also agree with the article that if we want our children to find their passions and desire to find things out then they need to have that time outdoors, they need to have time. What more can we truly desire for our children's education than curiosity, passion, and time for them. I truly remember going to school because it was my "job" and then coming home to enjoy my passions. It was not uncommon for me to stay up late into the night because a book had sparked the fire of my curiosity!


Teaching is not the filling of a bucket, but the lighting of a fire. ~ William Butler Yeats


He ate and drank the precious words ~ his spirit grew robust ~ he knew no more that he was poor ~ nor that his frame was dust~ he dance along the dingy days and this bequest of wings was but a book ~ what liberty ~ a loosened spirit brings. ~ Emily Dickinson


Lisa Eggs said...

I enjoyed school through the eighth grade. I don't believe I got much out the long hours I spent in those dingy high school rooms. I wish I was homeschooled for those years, I think I would have been much better off in many ways.

Danna said...

Wouldn't it be awesome if we were all able to choose what the best place to learn for us was! ;)

Lisa Eggs said...

well said. It's great that you're able to be there for your kids and really listen to them and know them and know what they need, and change it as they need it changed. I hope if we need to make a change down the road, my dear hubbie will be open to it! I always think how lucky you are to have Dan be so supportive of you providing the kids' education at home. But Chris has been surprising me lately, so who knows what will happen in the future :)