Trust The Children

Thursday, October 19, 2006

HS Easy - Each Day Builds On the Last

An ancient prophet made this statement without knowing he was talking about home schooling, "Now ye may suppose that this is foolishness in me; but behold I say unto you, that by small and simple things are great things brought to pass; and small means in many instances doth confound the wise."

Over and over again, it is the little things, not the dramatic efforts, that over time accumulate into something wonderful. Every day, I hear our youngest son Joseph, 12 years old, for instance, working on world awareness with his mom. What does she do? She reads a current event from the morning newspaper out loud to him, and then expects him to do a "who, what, where, when, why and how" orally on what she has read. It doesn't take that long. It is a simple thing really. Sometimes she may do two of them in the morning. But it really takes just minutes. After he answers, sometimes Cyndy will comment on, or ask questions about his comments. More often than not, he draws his own conclusions, because over the last days, weeks, months and years, he has become amazingly aware of the world around him. For just a few minutes each day. No curriculum, no preparation days required. Just one day building on the last.

It comes out when he offers family prayer in behalf of the family. He often prays for people and situations around the world really meaning it. I marvel. But mostly I marvel at what a few minutes each day, day in and day out grows to become in the life of our sons.

So much of home schooling just isn't that hard. Yet, it is so, so rewarding, when one day builds on the last.


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