Thursday, February 4, 2010
It's helpful to take a little bit of time each week to remember our successes. The people at Faith and Family do just that. To see more small succcesses click on the link above.
My small successes for the week:
1. Finally read my Honey for A Child's Heart book. I bought it years ago simply for the book lists, I never knew what treasure I had sitting on my book shelf until now. It encouraged me to, once again, request some library books to provide part of the Honey for my children's lives. (Milk symbolizes the care given to the physical needs of our children, Honey symbolizes the sweetness of life). The author quotes Erich Fromm as saying, "Most parents are capable of giving milk, but only a minority of giving honey too." I know from my own experience that the Milk just happens. The Honey takes effort and is soooo worth it.
I also requested some library books from my Five in a Row lists and intend to start that up again this quarter. Some things had to take a break during Advent and Christmas. But, my kids LOVE Five in a Row and I LOVE doing it with them.
2. Changed our school schedule to be a 4 day schedule of classes (well, a couple things are still scheduled for Friday). We will still have school every Friday because we will be doing everything we didn't get done the other days. I am trying this in an attempt to be better able to attend to my younger kids' needs during the day. Now I can tell my older kids we won't get to history or I won't be able to help them understand their grammar assignment, etc. because my little ones need me to play with them a bit, instead of feeling the pressure to keep them entertained on the sidelines while I work on something with the older kids. And the older kids will still get everything done they need to during the week. ALL this excludes my high schooler. She's pretty much on her own and busy all day every day.
3. Decided to take my own advice and slow down schooling with my kindergartner. He catches onto things so easily and is already finished with 3/4 of his math book and is well into his reading. But, getting him to sit still for more than writing a handwriting page is torture for both of us. I don't want to let him "win" and only do his schoolwork when he wants. So, instead I am going to do 1/2 a reading lesson, 1 of 2 math pages, etc. Maybe we'll do this the rest of K, maybe he'll be ready to move back into whole lessons in a few weeks. We'll see how it goes. I think right now he needs more Honey (see #1).