A Dozen Ingredients For Healthy Nourishment
Why does it seem that our homeschool rolls along semi-smoothly for several months and then suddenly, without warning, we hit bumps in the road where we find ourselves out of steam, out of good ideas, and fresh out of children who are enthusiastic for the plans we have made? Many of us are feeling at a loss by the unmet expectations for our children and ourselves, which consequently, results in a need to hurry to catch-up. Our goals get misplaced, deflated, forgotten and buried when real life messes with our program. Society also sabotages us with nonstop messages about quick and easy means to provide instant gratification. Commercials that promise delicious meals can be created "pantry to plate" in just 60 seconds will only condition the family to race faster and expect more.
At times in my homeschooling career when I have been exhausted and frustrated, I realized I had to fall in love with homeschooling all over again so I would enjoy every minute of the process. My family needed to know that I love homeschooling and that I love them. I had to remember my love for homeschooling was so my children could have the opportunity to learn at their own pace and rate of development centered around their own interests. If homeschooling were the quick, mess-free microwave method where we push a button and the children were educated instantly, we would have missed out on the step-by-step joy of savoring those precious moments that simply happen along the way.
It's been much more gratifying to view our homeschooling as the crock-pot method where individual needs of the family are considered as we select the ingredients. Think of a crock-pot meal where you may take a day planning and shopping for the right ingredients while considering likes and dislikes, organic verses non-organic, food allergies and food additives, and nutritional balance. Early the next day members of the family may help assemble the ingredients into the pot by first washing, soaking, peeling, and chopping. The process of cooking takes many hours as the slow heat gently mingles the spices and flavors while tenderizing and retaining the vitamins that the high temperatures of a microwave can destroy. Home-education is like the crock-pot; it takes time in phases and stages, and if we hurry it, there will be more losses than gains.
Here are some suggestions to jump-start your homeschool if it needs a creative boost. This precious occasion called childhood is truly the best of times, even if we are unable to see the vision through the mess, contrary children, low finances, and our own fatigue. Changing the approach and recommitting to homeschooling can cause us to love homeschooling once again.
There is no doubt we have chosen to take the road less traveled, but let us remember to travel that road in the slow lane so we can enjoy the view.
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