Thursday, August 5, 2010


As planning for the coming school year wraps up, I am reminded to keep my focus on what is truly important, and fellow homeschool bloggers  often provide inspiration.

The first thing I read this morning was an excellent quote at this Cajun Homeschool Blog.   Please go to her  blog and read it today, whether you homeschool or not.  It is a great reminder of what is important. 

Another important reminder comes from this blog post, where she writes her thoughts regarding this article on simplifying homeschooling.  I too tend to be a "Martha" yet I see time and time again that my children learn much from the simple, ordinary things.

 So often it's the grandiose plans that fail around here, but the simple things, built into our very life, are the occasions for true and deep learning.  Daily prayer, daily reading times, nature walks, and even the time I leave unplanned for the kid's own creative play are often the times when life lessons, the most important lessons, are learned. 

And it's interesting to me that, unlike those concepts learned from complicated science experiments and the memorization of history dates (both highly important in a child's education ... but maybe not the most important ...), those lessons learned during these simple, daily routines of our life are not easily forgotten.

1 comment:

Gayle said...

Excellent insights! The older our 'kids' get the more they prove to be true. Simple, open, respectful, thought-provoking, logical discussion-often at the dinner table- provide an amazing learning environment; one that continues to be a favorite for our four 20-somethings (and now some spouses).