Momma Mel

Rest.

May 15, 2017
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I had been having a lot of trouble lately with attitudes towards schooling. The big kids were burnt out, the younger kids were wanting more attention, and yes, I was (am) ready for a break also. We school year round and our last break was for Christmas. So for the past several weeks we have done nothing ‘school’. No sit down lessons, no memorization, no narration- just taking some time to free our minds and have a reset.

So now on week three, I find my oldest daughter painting watercolor pictures of flowers she has seen in the yard, writing letters to her family members, and reading good books in a reading nook outside in the fresh air. My oldest son has discovered a love for taking apart electronics (still working on the putting them back together), reading how-to manuals, and all sorts of outside adventures. The younger two have been thriving in the slower paced rhythm of our lives and enjoying the trips to the park and the zoo. All four kids have developed an appreciation for tea with Mom, and we have had time for some deep conversations and lots of belly laughs.

We will get back to the formal education soon, but this rest time has taught me some important lessons. While there is a definite need for structure and our official lessons, they are learning so much by following their hearts. It has done us all good to take a step back from the daily grind, and see where the day takes us. Giving them and myself permission to deviate from our schedule┬áhas opened up so many new adventures, and has blessed us in many ways. In the words of Ferris Bueller, ‘Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it’

 

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A little bit about me- I am a Mom and a Wife as my full time job. We are a homeschooling family with four kids. I love Jesus, reading, crafting, tea, and nerdy stuff.

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