Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Friday, June 19, 2009
I was inspired by the writer from Study in Brown where she addressed life,learning and schooling so well. I so often am far less gentle in my words. The following mental response, not necessarily an aswer to a question posed, to her thoughts, came about after reading her article the road less traveled. Visit her site, you'll be inspired too.
I'm finding the site Simply Charlotte Mason very intriguing. I am a firm proponent of The Well-Trained Mind's philosophy in education, for home-schooling or after-schooling(yes, many parents take this approach). However, sometimes there are compelling differences where one must decide, which approach to take.
Parenting is personal. And when you decide to school at home, parenting becomes almost overwhelming, ie; the fear of missing some important thing, burnout, trusting yourself.
But this isn't exclusive to home-schoolers. Most parents these days seem to be at a loss when it comes to trusting their own judgment. They lack the confidence of Maria(Sound of Music), and find themselves spending the day asking comparison questions to other parents, who are just as lost as they themselves. Or perusing the internet, looking for the right blogger to guide them. (Can you hear my laughter at myself..?) One parenting specialist (who laughs at that very title when applied to himself)talks alot about this. Being confident, not foolishly proud, but confident in your decisions. Make a decision and stick by it. What if the president of US(no matter who he was) wiggle-woggled about every decision, wringing his hands going back and forth. We'd begin to wonder, losing our confidence. Children need to trust their parents to be confident in what really matters.
I would suggest that this particular free down-load from Simply Charlotte Mason includes such entries as Confidence in Parenting (p.16), and can be extremely helpful in finding our strength in God's authority as our motivation to parent with strength, love and even fun. The scriptures there are extremely uplifting. Whether you are schooling at home or not.
I included this crazy picure of Jack, because sometimes, it sounds, to me, like we're sitting around reading books about Ancient History already. Like most things, it's easier said than done, and for the most part I'm preparing myself for the years ahead. I'm building my confidence by preparing myself with long-lasting resources. I don't want to get to our 3rd year and panic. I don't plan to, but it would be easy to do in our modern educational climate or when aquaintances or friends express concern. Seldom are parents accepted as sufficient to the task of educating our own children. But that is another subject. I digress. I will mention however, my thoughts traveled to Susan Wise Bauer's Bio, who wrote with her mother, Jessie Wise, The Well Trained Mind . Bauer often expressed confidence in the average parent to be a successful teacher to their child. (p.39 WTM, "I've become convinced that any dedicated parent can do what I did.")
I don't think we are at the point where long history lessons are necessary or appropriate, but there's something to be said for observing behaviors that would put together this ensemble. Reading Charlotte Mason or those who have well analyzed her method's only reinforces my determination and confidence that we are on the right path-- for us.
Before too long, I'll have to write my statement regarding blogging. Blog/Journaling is one thing to be able to reflect on oneself for further growth. In some ways this is an internet journal entry, but also a way for me to converse with others regarding certain subjects, while connecting to certain references available on the internet. I actually pulled my copy of WTM down from the shelf to look up a quote. But the internet helps me connect with others finely tuning resources for many things. This entry may have seemed extremely tedious, but it is what it is. Just call me tedious... :) but, please, never forget to call me for dinner.
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
Monday, June 15, 2009
Such a powerful scripture and so simply illustrated in the Obedience Unit of Konos curriculum. Looking at different sites that discuss homeschooling, I came across Simply Charlotte Mason. This particular link talks about scripture memory and an effective method for all ages, both long & short passages. There is an abundance of materials, ideas and discussion boards found at the general site for Simply Charlotte Mason. Can't wait to check it out.
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
I've colored my hair to the point that even if it's long enough, I don't think they'd take it, but if you have hair that's not colored and at least 8-9" in a ponytail, consider the big step of donating it to this organization, Locks of Love. I have the link in my side-bar... check it out. Wigs can be made for those who are trying to make it through some of the toughest days of their life, and need their over all appearance to not scream at every moment of the day "I have cancer & I've lost my hair from the treatment."
There are days I wish my hair was not something I have to 'worry' about, but I haven't had a day when it was falling out against my wishes. Just days when I'm pulling it out... that's a whole 'nuther discussion.
If you need inspiration, check out Joanna Heim's blog & see her & her 2 daughters new hair cuts. They (she and her daughters) are beautiful both inside and out, but have cut their hair after dedicating it at Christmas, and are showing off their new-doo's.
Monday, June 8, 2009
Found this post at Holes in my Shiny Veneer, when looking at the Book Read on The Simple Life's Book Read. The book read is Last Child in the Woods. My daddo has my copy right now, but I'll be retrieving soon. Really good inspiration for the summer, for living. It talks about the theory of nature-deficeit. Not a clinical term, not even close, but if you have kids, this has probably crossed your mind.
They also mention another excellent read I promised last year about this time to talk about: Animal, Vegetable, Miracle, by Barbara Kingsolver. I can't explain how hard I laughed, thought, and planned after reading this book. Makes you think twice about what you eat, where it came from and that scary turkey back at Audubon Historical Site.