|This sunset was so spectacular Grace and I pulled over to take pictures.|
One of the things I do not want to forget as we go through the next few years is how many awesome adventures we had in our first few years of homeschooling. Math, history and science are super important, but as I look back through this blog’s five year history, and read about our travels to New York City, our kitchen table science experiments, our nature walks, our time with friends, I realize we cannot for one minute forget that these moments are what makes homeschooling magical.
Recently I heard an analogy about life using tiny grains of rice. A bowl full of rice is your life. Those little grains are each day that you walk this earth. If you can only pick out 5 or 10 that are associated with great moments, such as vacation, births, marriages, etc and the rest of the grains are filled with drudgery then you are living an unhappy life. What percent of our grains represent great days? Not enough. I want to live a happy fulfilled life. A life bursting with love for my family and joy in my surroundings.
Lately I have become bogged down in the “need to” phase of homeschooling. We “need to” finish math before we can go to the library or “we need to” get two chapters of history done today so we can catch up or “we need to” run a zillion errands because life is so busy.
I tend to do this to myself. Lose myself in the details of life and forget to make that one grain of rice count. I know from 5 years of homeschooling that we will finish what we have begun. The math will be done. History will be done. However, my girls will not remember each individual lesson. They may feel satisfaction about learning a concept they struggled with but they will not remember the daily struggle. They will not remember all 100 items in history, or who every historical figure is in Story of the World, but they will remember their favorites and they will remember the activities and experiences they have around these objects and people. I have to recommit to bring our lessons to life. It is how we have always approached learning and I do not want to get bogged down in the “need to’s” and forget to fill our jar of rice with days that fill up our hearts with joy.