Tuesday, September 1, 2009

we're in this together

my mind is swirling right now (in a good way- really!). this is our first official week of homeschooling, and i have to say, we're not loving it. and what that tells me is that what we are doing simply isn't working for us. i have found these past two days that the priorities i have set for my every day living with my family are not being met. my daily priorities are this:

1. to love and grow closer to jesus
2. live at peace with each other
3. to love and serve each other and those outside of our home
4. read really good books
5. go outside and observe, touch, think, play
6. inspire a love for learning and create the opportunities for it

so far our 'homeschooling' time has looked a bit like this but the peace is lacking. buddy is screaming, moonpie is pouting...and my heart is hurting (as is my head!). i have found that what we are doing is not inspiring a love for learning in our home- and that's just not ok. because the bottom line is that my children are young. very young. and if they stop wanting to learn as 3 or 5 year olds, then i've done something really wrong.
so we're ditching the plan and going back to just doing life together. i am wired to live intentionally, so maybe, for now, this is the best plan for us. for me to be near finding small moments to share and discuss. lots of discussion, lots of books, all on a quilt under a tree. so happy together.

***thanks to study in brown (which i found through another helpful blog) for the inspiration to set priorities!


Corin said...

Sounds like a great plan! Teaching your babies naturally, in a peaceful environment. They are really young still and you have so much time ahead of you. Good job on assessing the situation and doing what's best for your family!

Kristi said...

I don't think I know you...came to your blog from Lynsey's somehow...but I just want to encourage you--at 3 and 5, your kiddos really do learn best from play. There's a great poem called "Just Playing" you can google...it says it all. As you go through your day, just TALKING to them about what you see, do, hear, touch, taste etc. is teaching...so give yourself some grace. You ARE teaching them, they ARE learning. The rest will come when it's time!

nicola said...

such a good post for me to read as we have been having similar (non homeschool) struggles this week and i am soaking in all things school related right now, particularly homeschool and waldorf.

Crunchy Christian Mom said...

Oh, Mandi, good for you for being able to let go and start again when something's just not working!

Our week did go well in some ways, but I'm flailing in others... so it goes. Oh! And thanks for the link -- now if only I could get past my writer's block and post again. LOL.

And the pjs are ADORABLE! I'm desperate to do something creative around here.

Trinity Mommy said...

What a beautiful post! I am thrilled to have found your blog and am inspired by your heart!

kyndale said...

found you on a soulemama comment. I wrote about this today..:) It will get better. And I'm not experienced enough to give that advise but I've heard this is true! Smiles, Kyndale