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June 24, 2014


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This is us, too, Kim -- and it keeps changing and evolving. We started out so structured and ended up so, uh... not structured. But much the better for it! Every one of the children's learning journeys has been different, but they've all turned out just fine. Actually, better than fine: great! But there is a "one thing" for all of them... To learn to love learning -- so they come to teach themselves at some point. This has been the most lasting good of our home schooling.


We find ourselves with the unexpected paradox that using very structured materials actually lets our life be VERY relaxed.


+ Dear Kim, I can't believe you said you don't always articulate well...if I could be so inarticulate! This is an echo of what I wrote to Elizabeth, Charlotte and Katherine: thank you for taking the time to put this wisdom into words. It can feel suffocating at times to try to measure up to all that's expected. In many circles, school choices and curriculum have become litmus tests of how good of a mother or a believer we are, which puts a lot of pressure on an already demanding large-family life, and is also difficult (impossible) to mold into when you have different people and circumstances, which of course, each of us does! It is so good to hear you mothers who are a little further down the road say that there is not one perfect way--only a way that best fits our family, and is therefore constantly evolving. There is no prescription except to be open to the will of God, moment to moment, day in and day out, with perseverance, love and grace. Even then, we will stumble, but at least we are stumbling in the right direction. Anyhow, thank you...it's very comforting.


I enrolled in MODG for next year. That's what I am hoping - that it frees me up for other things. For the little ones, for margins. Penguin shift.

Margaret @ Minnesota Mom

Thank you for this, Kim. Thank you thank you I love you thank you. ♥

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