What you do in your house is worth as much as if you did it up in heaven for our Lord God. We should accustom ourselves to think of our position and work as sacred and well-pleasing to God, not on account of the position and work, but on account of the word and faith from which the obedience and the work flow. ~ Martin Luther

Tuesday, October 02, 2012

Greener Pastures

Before we finish off last weeks' home educating week of posts (...and the crowd erupts in applause...) I have just ONE teeny tiny qualifier to make.  I would hope it would be unnecessary, but *just in case* it isn't....I have to say that the weekly schedules I posted and all other information I shared is PERFECT SCENARIO plans.  This means,  I fail and I fail miserably.  There are many weeks where we don't accomplish every single thing on every single day of the schedule.  There were some months last year, where we totally missed our composer or artist of the month.  Things pop up.  Time disappears.  Groceries have to bought.   Children become overwhelmed.  When these things happen, I try to slow down and cover the basics...math, reading, writing.  The fluff stuff can wait.

The schedule is a tool to help me stay on track because I was not being as disciplined as I ought to have been.  It is not meant to be a rigid task master.  Nor am I superwoman, accomplished every jot and tittle.

There.  I said it.  I feel SO much better now.  I was afraid you all thought I accomplished everything I set out to do every time I set my mind to something.  That is SO far from the truth it is pathetic. 

Now- onto greener pastures....

And what better way to switch gears than with a video!

I have to post this because Judah is just so darn cute.  And because, though I have no idea what I am doing, my camera has video capabilities!
The story behind the video will come another day...but until then.... 
"C'mon Er."


Bonnie said...

So darn cute!

Full of Grace said...

Adorable!! :)

Leah T. said...

I've really enjoyed your homeschooling posts and will miss them. They were just as encouraging and inspiring as I thought they would be. :) I made charts for my boys and they're very excited about them. I need to find some stickers to fill in the empty slots and then they will be done!

Judah is adorable! And is that the pony you mentioned in an earlier post?!

Rosemary said...

Oh!! A miniature pony! What is his/her name?
The kids and pony are all so cute.
I am not letting the grands see this video. We live in the city, and my neighbor would surely report me if i had such a cute pony in the back garden. We will have to stick with the gnomes and fairies. They only move around at night, real sneaky--like, so she doesn't notice.

Renata said...

Ok I love that you have a Judah because I have one too :) Yours is so adorable!
Enjoy this precious time!

Anonymous said...

seriously adore that judah bear of yours!!!!!

b in va

Anonymous said...

Music and art are not fluff! That was hard to read. Do more research, please. Reading and writing are vital, but music is equally so.

Full of Grace said...

I think when she said fluff stuff she meant the extra enjoyable unneccessary pleasures of life, rather than schooling such as ponies, baking, play (both grownup and child) etc.. (and music/art are a part of the schooling aspect and she has been focusing her blog on schooling mainly lately) Maybe?

Rebecca said...

Anonymous~ I'd love to know your name so I know how to address you.

I think, if you read my blog at all, you understand that music and art are not unimportant to us (and shouldn't be to anyone!) I have posted several TED lectures on the importance of the arts, I have recommended books and speakers on the subject and I even spent a day last week talking about how important it is (and how we approach learning these things.) So no. I don't need to research it. It is clear that the arts are a huge (and valuable) part of my childrens' education.

That said, my children will not suffer if they do not listen to Purcell over dinner or study a painters painting for the day.

They WILL however, miss out terribly on life if they end up being poor communicaters, writers or readers.

And, after all, the arts can only be enjoyed by first having a foundation of knowledge in which to interpret the arts.

Every person must use discretion and wisdom when planning their days because one only has so much time IN a day. My own discretion says "While music and art are important for various reasons, if we only have enough time to cover a few subjects today- they MUST be math, writing, and reading.

We can make time for art tomorrow.

And I don't think there is anything disheartening in that.

julievk said...

Absolutely. Well said!