This is the wonderful freedom of homeschooling. I can change our plans midstream. We are on a journey and learning every day. What we learn is not necessarily what is in my lesson plans. Once I surrendered my plans to the reality of life happening and changed up our lessons for the week, I felt so free and we were able to go forward peacefully. Homeschooling allows us to step away from the artificial lesson plans (not that they are not valuable, just not always as relevant as what is going on in the "real" world).
We can do the three R's, listen to great stories, build loving relationships and build confidence in our children. Often the real world provides many more lessons than I could ever think up. This week we are doing hard things with grace and patience. The kids are learning to persevere, be diligent, and strive for contentment and balance in the midst of adversity. They are learning how to negotiate difficult social situations, how to have grit, and how to be graceful and obedient when all they want to do is run away and scream.
These are the lessons I want for my children. These are the lessons that will form them into adults who will go out into the world and be self reliant. These are the lessons that teach self control.
My job this week is to reduce stress, smooth the path as much as possible, nurture hurt souls and bodies, and show by example how to live gracefully. My role as a mother trumps my role as an academic teacher. Of course a mother is a teacher ~ a child's first and most influential teacher. Since I do not consider myself an unschooler and I need to be able to record a certain amount of academic lessons to count a day of school, I have a few tricks of the trade. When everything goes wrong, I fall back on educational videos, books on tape, and educational board games. We have very much enjoyed a few stories from the Your Story Hour series and played several games this week. We even are managing math and spelling with our curriculum.
So here is to freedom ~ freedom to change plans, embrace life and let go.