Oh that God would give every mother a vision of the glory and splendor of the work that is given to her when a babe is place in her bosom to be nursed and trained! Could she have but one glimpse in to the future of that life as it reaches on into eternity; could she look into it's soul to see its possibilities; could she be made to understand her own personal responsibility for the training of this child, for the development of its life, and for its destiny,--she would see that in all God's world there is no other work so noble and so worthy of her best powers, and she would commit to no others hands the sacred and holy trust given to her." -JR Miller

Friday, April 12, 2013

Homeschool Journey

I am learning more and more that this whole home schooling thing is a journey, and the destination is "ready for the world" adults! No particular age or result other than well adjusted, saved by faith, capable of being the best God wants them to be, adults!

Journeys, in general don't just take one straight road, how boring would it be if every journey was the same boring straight road with the same landmarks!

The most interesting journeys are those where there are twists and turns and you go through valleys then get the fantastic view from the high places!

And then, there are times we take a wrong turning and have to do a u turn, but often we can discover interesting things and places that we would never have found if we hadn't taken that wrong turning!

Our own journey has taken us through the worlds of unit studies, lap books, Charlotte Mason, unschooling, and Konos, to mention just a few. All of the methods are valid and have advantages and disadvantages, I think the key is not to get obsessed with any ONE way that you are not able to see when and if it stops working for your children.

We still follow the unschooling philosophy but have felt the need to add a little more structure to our days (more on that later) but I just felt a need to remind myself and any who may be reading that it is a journey, no one has the perfect homeschool family, there is no "one way fits all" and I need to remember that as I am on my own journey, learning each day, so is every other family out there. So I will endeavour to season my words with grace

Let your speech be alway with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man. (Colossians 4:6 KJV)

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