Good morning and welcome to Coffee and Conversation #131!
Nice to meet you!
It has occurred to me on more than one occasion that most of you have never met me, or even heard my voice! And since we are still new into 2017, I wanted to rectify that.
So this week’s “post” could best be described as a “vlog” I guess: a video blog post!
I was asked recently to talk about the one piece of advice I’d like to be known for…and I recorded my answer. I hope you’re not disappointed by what you see and hear this morning. (You know how often you’ll see a picture of someone, or see them perform, and then when you hear them speak in real life, you think: that is so NOT what I imagined their voice to sound like? Well, at least I think that way sometimes!) Anyway, have a listen!
I hope you were blessed and encouraged by my thoughts…and I look forward to reading some of YOURS in the comments below!
But first…on to our features!
This week all our features center around education. If there’s one thing homeschooling has taught me over the years, it’s that learning looks very different to different people. Whether it’s learning styles or approaches, forms or formats, the “one size fits all” model is truly outdated, if it’s even ever been appropo. These posts may challenge what or how you think of education, but, after all, isn’t that what it’s all about, anyway?
Everyone has a “comfort zone”. For some it’s being at home where they feel safe and secure. For others it may be working at a job they not only enjoy, but are good at. Stepping out of that comfort zone can be a bit scary, such as maybe having to get a job after years of being a stay-at-home Mom, or feeling the Father is calling you to start visiting shut-in’s or those in a nursing-home or in prison. It can be difficult leaving your comfort zone to do something you have never done before. But in many instances, it can be a joy.
I’ve read most of the books Shelley presents here, and I can promise you that they will not only forever change the way you look at learning, but may even change the way you approach the way you homeschool!
Sometimes it can be extremely hard to rid ourselves of an accepted concept that not only we grew up with, but so did our parents, grandparents, and, sometimes, our great-grandparents. The educational institution we know of today has only existed for a very short time when compared with the rest of history as we know it; however, since the past several generations have never known anything different than the brick-and-mortar school setting, oftentimes our idea of what “real” education looks like gets crammed into a neat little illustration of what’s going on within the four walls of the public school down the street.
I love reading posts from Jennifer. And I would most certainly love to spend a few days over at her house…I would imagine that there is lots of creative learning going on there!
I’m often asked which curricula we use by other homeschool moms. I’m asked about our schedule. I’m asked about high school and transcripts. I’m asked about my kids’ behavior and attitudes.
Lately, I’ve tried to steer clear of conversations like these because we just seem to do things so differently.
Thank you all so much for your inspiration and timely words…
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