connection, Homeschooling, Joy, sharing

More Joy

Last week I received some great reminders. The kids and I had two really wonderful mornings. They just felt different, and better. Those two mornings were spent reading, talking, connecting, and enjoying each other. It is how imagine our ideal “homeschool.” The day pictured below, we brought our book outside and sat in the front yard. It was a really neat 50 year old copy of “Grimms’s Fairy Tales.” We read fairy tales with our chickens pecking and scratching around us. We picked dandelions and discussed the different versions of fairy tales we have recently been exploring.915053AF-94AE-4CA2-8AD3-473191FA811C

It was wonderful. We discussed where stories come from, perspective, story elements (chracarters, settings, plot), and staying true to your heart.

I realized why this felt different. We have not been doing enough of the things that bring us joy. We have been doing schoolwork and to do lists, but I couldn’t remember the last time we had a day like this. Probably because there wasn’t any to recall. We have been out of alignment for far too long. It was clear that what we have been doing is not in alignment with our philosophies and goals. So I am pledging to do more of what I love, more of what brings me joy, and sharing that with my children. I will let my children explore and express their joys as well. Less of what I think we should be doing and more following our hearts.

A verse from The Parent’s Tao Te Ching: Ancient Advice for Modern Parents by William Martin came to mind:

“Don’t mistake your desire to talk for their

readiness to listen.

Far more important are the wordless truths they

learn from you.

If you take delight in the ordinary wonders of life,

they will feel the depth of your pleasure

and learn to experience joy.”

2 thoughts on “More Joy”

  1. Excellent job on your new web site, I also love being one in nature. One lesson you may want to teach is how to plant a garden from start to finish. Lots of learning in the process have fun!

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    1. Thank you Noreen! Yes, we have had lots of learning building, planting, and growing. The kids have been a part of every step, from building and preparing garden beds, starting seeds and transplanting seedlings, garden maintenance of weeding and watering, and then enjoying the harvest.

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