Friday, January 29, 2010

Martin's triumph

I am proud to announce that Martin finally conquered a book of some meat and substance. This is a huge step for him and I am glad he finally followed through. I have been working a little harder on pushing my kids in their weaknesses and to also help them to stop whining about stuff that is difficult for them. I am doing the same thing to myself really. Whining is much easier than conquering and dividing. So.........Martin read "I, Juan de Pareja." He worked for weeks to get through it but the triumph was he followed through and finished it. He has had the tendency to start and not finish books and it is much easier to listen to them then to strengthen his reading muscle. He begins his next read, "Adam of the Road," this weekend. It is an accomplishment to me that he finally took me seriously and did it! My weakness is not following through either to make my kids do what is assigned and push them a little more with their weaknesses. Sigh. Focus, focus, focus.

Homeschooling moms are experts at whining. We can say the curriculum didn't work or we didn't finish but the real reason is we didn't make the effort to do so. I'm pushing myself in this way too. The curriculum is there and written as a tool and it won't work if I don't take the time to use it. I used to say that when I spoke at Homeschooling conventions, that the buyer should beware and not buy things because they think it will magically solve all their problems when the problem really is a lack of willingness to actually study and use the curriculum. It won't do the work for you. Practice what you preach Karin

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