It's looked different during each season of our 20+years of home educating and has included horseback riding, piano and voice lessons, ASL, visits to museums, national parks and historical re-enactments as we unearthed information about cetaceans, horses, pioneers and people, traveling across the country and even out of it, acquiring animals, growing things, reading tons, campaigning, participating in clubs and groups, checking out astronomical wonders, traveling to see the Dead Sea Scrolls or to take a writing workshop with a famous author, internships, jobs and so much more.
Feeche, age 18, took a couple of trips to Georgia (which he worked p.t. in order to pay for) to participate in the Timothy Group Challenge program- first as a participant, then as a staff member. The program is an intense apologetics, leadership and physical fitness program. Booyah, baby. (That's him above, Doing the Aussie, during training).
He is also listening to The Peloponnesian Wars on CD. He's a history lover to the core of his being and will pause his own studies to come and listen to me read The Famous Men of... to the youngers. Interrupting me, I might add, to add in information about people, places and geography. Which I love.
He spends hours a week writing fiction. Hours. And it's good.
And studying the map. This son carried around the Risk board as a pre-schooler and a globe until it was lost in the fire. Literally- for easy reference. He still spends time almost daily checking out the world map and frequently consults it as he reads and studies. I'm always asking him, "Now, where is Timbuktu again?"
And this summer he'll participate, once again, in Shakespeare Camp. Delight all the way, baby; 6 days, 6 hours a day. Total love.
Cub, age 13, spends hours honing his figure drawing technique. Mainly to draw cartoons or bionicles, which is not my personal first love. But then, I'm not a 13 year old male. Thank the good Lord.
He's a thespian as well and will get to participate in both drama camp and Shakespeare Camp this year. First year for Shakespeare Camp..he's hit the big league- but he's an old pro at Drama Camp and he loves every minute of it.
I've spent hours on this post when I really had planned to do something else. and here's why. Cause I started remembering and reminiscing with my husband and the trip we took and the time we went and do you remember and weren't the kids cute and ohmygosh how crazy is it that the ocean was a litmus test for each of the kids personalities and thank God for A.Barbara's at Thanksgiving and remember the writing workshop in El Paso and Feeche is so artistic like cuz Brian and the ocopii baby at Leo Carillo and how small the Mayflower was in real life (o.k. replicated life) and the lava beds in NM and those memories are sweeter than Georgian Tea, which is a whole lotta sweet. The past 3 years have knocked my socks off with how hard, difficult and punishing they've been. (Come back Thursday for "Homeschooling in a Crisis" if you want to know more). I've second guessed myself, belittled our choices, grieved the loss of the income I shouldda/couldda/wouldda been earning. But here's the deal. I've spent the majority of my adult life parenting and educating our kids. Some of that has been hard, some difficult and some frustrating. I'm not a perfect parent, a perfect educator, patient or long suffering about much of anything. But I am curious about the world, invested in my kids and believe that God provides in unique and often bizarre ways. And as I've reflected on how we've lived, the depth and variety and richness of experience we've afforded our kids, I stand amazed. Because we've been a 1-income, large family in a 2 income small family world. And that's pinched. Some days it's pinched real hard. We haven't always had a lot of extras- extra money, extra vacations, extra time, extra support. But we've had a whole lotta living- and we have given our children- our family- a legacy of unique, diverse, personalized, often delight directed learning and living. And that's worth a whole lotta whatever we haven't had
How do you apply Delight Directed learning in your home school ?
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