Homeschooling and Vision-Vision and Homeschooling

Originally I was going to make this two separate post but the more I thought about it the more I decided to make them one.

I have joined a Homeschool thing, called ‘Homeschool Highlight Reel,’ where we post on Fridays about what we have been doing on the homeschool front for the past week. So you will notice that my Friday post will be about what we are learning or maybe it will highlight a new book or something to do with expanding our minds to some capacity or another.

Now, how does vision fit into this?? Well in all sorts of ways. It says in Proverbs 29:18, “Where there is no vision, the people perish.” Obviously with out some kind of vision we will never get anywhere. The days I accomplish the most are the days when I had a plan for the day. If you want to save ‘x’ amount of dollars by next year then you need a plan as to how you are going to do that, otherwise this time next year you will be none the richer!

We can see how this translates to school without a plan we are just going from one thing to the next. I have found it helpful to look at where I want the kids to be this time next year and map out a plan to get there. Vision!!

Yet, also in Proverbs we come across a verse that says, “Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring forth.” (Proverbs 27:1)
Also in James 4:13-17
“Now listen, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.” Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. Instead, you ought to say, “If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that.” As it is, you boast and brag. All such boasting is evil. Anyone, then, who knows the good he ought to do and doesn’t do it, sins.”

Whoa! What happened to vision, I thought I was supposed to plan for the future is this a contradiction? No, I don’t think so and I have seen how this has played out in my life just yesterday, as well as the last couple of weeks.

See without vision or a purpose we flounder around and accomplish nothing. We have to have some kind of direction. That being said we would be foolish to think that there is never going to be any interruptions. I have never taken a survey but I think homeschoolers sometimes have more than their fair share. We teach multiple age children sometimes while nursing a baby, or dealing with a demanding toddler.

I believe God wants us to have a vision, at the same time He wants us to be open to His leading. I think that we are also to be flexible and respond graciously when our plans are disrupted.

Since school started here, we discovered some mice were getting into our summer kitchen, enter the kittens. We have had two guinea pigs die, and the rabbit we believe had a stroke as he lost all use of his hind legs. (Update: Bunny is much improved!) Had our riding lawnmower and push mower almost stolen and have had visits from the forensic guys and a detective. Yesterday we got the results from our well water test and we were just above the acceptable level for contaminates. That meant we had to shock the well and buy some drinking water until we have a normal reading (hopefully in about a weeks time).

School as I have planned it has had to take a backseat several times. Here are a few things we have learned about that I had not planned on covering in the past two weeks:

Forensic science
fingerprints
police and the different departments
judicial system
coliforms and bacteria
bleach and disinfectants
lameness
strokes
construction of a wood box (Burial 🙁 )
wells- dug and drilled

I am sure there have been many other things that we have learned about because life happens and we may as well learn from our interruptions than just being annoyed with them.

A few other things we have learned about this week that were not in our History or Science lessons are frogs and tepee construction. We have ample frogs and toads around here and the kids made the frog they found a pond and just observed him for awhile. Later they wanted to build a tepee and started with just one pole, and later after some discussion added other poles which lead to further discussions about tepees and other interesting facts about the Natives of North America.

Sure there is time for schedules and textbooks but I am a firm believer in learning from our everyday lives. Just a minute ago while typing this one of my littles was making a paper airplane and was disappointed in its flight, think of the possibilities of what they could learn about aviation and aerodynamics just from a little paper airplane.

Do we have vision? Oh yes we do! At the same time I do not know what tomorrow or even the next hour will bring, but I do know who holds our future. We will continue to trust and hope in God and homeschool as we do it!!

Couldn’t post this without a few pictures of the little green guy.No Prince.

Oh! I thought I would throw this one in too, we also had a discussion about jousting and armour. Elijah was trying to joust with a long stick and his bike… he got the butt end of it in his face. Case and point, lesson learned! Notice his cheek in the jaw region.

I am already looking forward to next Friday and sharing what we have learned!!

To be a part of the Homeschool Highlight Reel click on the link or if you just want to read about other homeschooling families feel free to click too!!!

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