March 2, 2018
Have your plans ever gone amiss?
If you know me, you know I’m a planner. I get giddy as the new year approaches because I get to pick out my new planner. I get to re-organize personal and business plans. Aaaaaand I get to set new goals for the next semester of homeschooling. Please don’t judge me. If you are not the planner type, I can assure you; we can still be friends. But whether you are a planner or not, we have all experienced those moments when life happens, and the unexpected takes priority above all else.
So began 2018…..
January 1: New year, new planner, new goals… I just needed an office! For the last three months, the HTHL office had been undergoing a transformation. Delay after delay prevented its completion.
January 26: The new remodel of the HTHL office was finally complete, and we were ready to unpack.
January 27: Then the septic system backed up. Yup, raw sewage overflowed into three different living areas including the room where the HTHL boxes awaited to be unpacked. Raw sewage oozing through the crevices like an awful alien meant we had to rip out everything, including all the flooring and drywall. It took us about a week to clean-up.
February 7: We noticed the lights downstairs didn’t work as well as some of the outlets. We called an electrician and he delivered the news. We had serious electrical issues. (#oldhouseproblems) To remedy the problem, he would need to do a complete re-wiring of our old system which included that we eliminate the lower half of the drywall in all four bedrooms, the living room, and the hallway. We spent another week crashing into walls and removing drywall while our electrician fixed our electrical glitches.
February 14: My dear father-in-law took ill, very ill. At that moment, nothing else mattered. For the next two weeks, we walked as a family on a path that no one chooses on their own. Thankfully, he left the hospital but not without a new diagnosis, home oxygen, and blood sugar monitoring. I’m happy to report, he is recovering nicely. We are so glad to have him home telling us his colorful stories from long ago.
March 1: I looked at my unattended 2018 planner on my desk. My goals, dated January second, remained unchecked. New plans, new directions have emerged and are still emerging. Things that were important, turns out, and are not that important.
We, homeschool moms are full of wonderful plans and ideas. But life happens. The milk spills, the child cries, the appointment or text gets missed, the naughty child needs to be addressed or health issues loom. Thwarted plans increase our stress and morph into a sense-of-failure-downward-spiral.
There is good news!
God offers us another option besides panic and despair. It’s called trust. We can choose to put our hand in His and walk with Him. Our days are divinely ordered with reasons and lessons specifically designed by our creator especially for us. HE alone is the hero of our stories. The bigger picture rests in HIS planner, not our own.
For I know the plans and thoughts that I have for you,’ says the Lord, ‘plans for peace and well-being and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.
What does trust look like?….Keep scrolling to the Home to Home section at the bottom.
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Creating a Culture for Writing
There are ten values that create a foundation for homeschool writing success. (See picture below) We create a culture for writing when we put these values into action.
Creating a Culture For Writing:
Value #6 Humility in Giving and Receiving Instruction
It’s a fact; a writer must receive input in order to grow. Humbly receiving input is a skill all writers must master. Your young writer is not exempt. How can you help your child gain this skill? It starts with YOU.
Best-selling authors have a team of professional editors. Your child has you. Be humble in your position as editor.
- Model for your child how to give input.
Make sure the tone of your voice and your body language is pleasant and reassuring.
- Model for your child how to receive input.
We want our children to welcome ideas and critiques. As parents, we need to demonstrate through our actions exactly how to do it.
- Compliment your child when they have taken instruction or input well.
Positive reinforcement accomplishes more than a negative remark.
- Be patient while your child learns the art of writing.
Your child will not write perfect papers. No one does. No one stops growing as a writer. There will always be more to learn!
- Teach and practice the Rules of Respect.
Make Eye Contact: Give your full attention to your child.
Smile: Let your child know that input is a pleasant experience.
Pleases and Thank Yous: Be gracious in your speech.
Ask Great Questions: If you don’t understand a concept that your child has written, ask your child to help you understand by saying it another way.
Find Knowledge Nuggets: Knowledge nuggets are the new things one learns in a given experience. Acknowledge the new things you learned from reading your child’s writing.
- Use P.I.P. (Praise-Input-Praise)
This little formula helps to provide a framework for humility. First, acknowledge the things you like about his writing, offer input on areas of improvement, and then close with recognizing your child’s positive writing style or area of improvement.
It’s our job as parents to humbly model this skill for our child/children day-in and day-out. Then and only then, we can hold our dear children to the benchmarks of this skill.
When a parent values humility in giving and receiving input, they create a culture for writing where a child can thrive in learning how to write.
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Congratulations to Katie M., winner of the 2017 Writing Contest. Katie won an iPad Mini! She was super excited when she got the news!
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