Sunday, March 21, 2010

Not Just Getting By

Our home educating expedition doesn’t begin by wanting to “just get by” in our child’s education. It’s truly an “expedition”: a journey or voyage by a group of people with a particular purpose, especially that of exploration and scientific research.

My daughter, husband and I are that “group of people” - a close knit crew. Moreover, we have a purpose - to explore the world around us through observation, wonder, experiment, and curiosity; while glorifying our Lord in action and deed.

Consequently, I begin this expedition with anxious anticipation. There is a great big world out there, and somebody needs to learn all about it. It’s details are infinite; yet we have all the time we need.

Things in our lives rush in and rush out. Yet, these are the days we need to take slowly and cherish closely.

Reads of the Week:
100 Top Picks for Homeschool Curriculum by Cathy Duffy - “choosing the right curriculum and approach for your child’s learning style.” 5 stars

The Homeschooling Book of Answers by Linda Dobson - “the 101 most important questions answer by homeschoolings most respected voices.” 4 stars

Homeschooling For Suceess by Rebecca Kochenderfer and Elizabeth Kanna - “how parents can create a superior eduction for their child.” 4 stars

Finds of the Week:
The Well Planned Day - Family Homeschool Planner with EVERYTHING! -

Home Educating Family Magazine - Insightful Articles and a free sample issue -

Bloom’s Taxonomy - Learning In Action with Objectives -

Scripture of the Week:

“Everything that goes into a life of pleasing God has been miraculously given to us by getting to know, personally and intimately, the One who invited us to God. The best invitation we ever received! We were also given absolutely terrific promises to pass on to you—your tickets to participation in the life of God after you turned your back on a world corrupted by lust. So don't lose a minute in building on what you've been given, complementing your basic faith with good character, spiritual understanding, alert discipline, passionate patience, reverent wonder, warm friendliness, and generous love, each dimension fitting into and developing the others. With these qualities active and growing in your lives, no grass will grow under your feet, no day will pass without its reward as you mature in your experience of our Master Jesus. Without these qualities you can't see what's right before you, oblivious that your old sinful life has been wiped off the books. So, friends, confirm God's invitation to you, his choice of you. Don't put it off; do it now. Do this, and you'll have your life on a firm footing, the streets paved and the way wide open into the eternal kingdom of our Master and Savior, Jesus Christ.
2 Peter 1:4-11 - The Message

"There is a privacy about winter which no other season gives you.... In spring, summer and fall people sort of have an open season on each other; only in the winter, in the country, can you have longer, quiet stretches when you can savor belonging to yourself." ~Ruth Stout

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