Monday, February 7, 2011

Just Letting It Happen . . .

You know, home educating is HARD!!! I am not going to kid around with you. Now that I have that out, I will say that days like that only happen once in a while. I, at one time, had kids that went to public school and I had days like that also. Actually, I had MORE days like that, then. Just like anything new in my life, home educating the kiddos has had many ups, a few downs, as well as some times that just remain stagnant.

I have noticed though, as of late, that the times that I just take a step back and let things happen, that is the time that things go best. I stress over things less, and I also spend less time in the "planning" of things. Albert Einstein once said,

"The only thing that interferes with my learning is my education."

I find this true on so many different levels. The times that I just "let" life happen are the times that I feel we have our best learning moments. Now, not to say that I don't have specific things for my kiddos to learn, I like a nice, organize daily schedule as much as the rest of you, but when I sit back and let the other things naturally take its course, it is magic to watch.

An example of this from our last week was;

I needed to take cookies to a church dinner. At the beginning of the day, we go over our schedule and the things that need to be done, including the "mom" things. I mentioned that I needed to get some cookies made. In the afternoon, Ky asked about the cookies, I confirmed that I needed to get some made and asked if she was interested in helping. She and Bugaloo not just helped, they took over and made two dozen, yummy coconut cookies. I took the hour to read some great books with the little ones. So natural and so smooth. This may seem like a small thing to some of you, but I was so happy, appreciative, and relieved. I was also very vindicated in some of the things that I have been teaching and giving my kids, I saw a result. But it wasn't an "academic" result, it was a life learning result and it spoke volumes.

I really NEED to let this kind of natural, learning experience happen more often. Do you have experiences like this? Enjoy!

1 comment:

Aandwsmom said...

I agree with you totally, homeschooling is HARD and yet so rewarding! Days that I bang my head on the wall are countered by days we have GREAT success!
I too like an organized day but I agree that there are days you just have to let it ride and see what happens!
Nice that your kids took over the cookie making and you got to do other things! Great job Mom!

Crazy Online Homeschooling Mom of 2, Daycare Mom of 4, Chicken Mom of 15, 1 Puppy, 1 Psycho Cat and possibly a Partridge in our pear tree!