Just one more quick thought........
If you homeschool, especially with many small ones in the home, you should keep a homeschool log! There are times when my days fly by so quickly, I'm just not sure what exactly I've done all day?!?! I know that I was busy, that I worked hard, yet what exactly did we do??
My school co-op friend showed me her own log and just what she was accomplishing each day. I was impressed (and a little nervous about our own accomplishments), yet when I decided to start writing down our daily lessons, formal or simple "life-lessons", I was amazed!
Hey, we do A LOT of learning during our days!!
Just the other day, our carbon monoxide detector went off. There's tons of learning there (yes, even at 10pm). Today, Selah had a run-in with some Wood Nettle - the whole family learned quite a bit about the many types of "poisonous" plants out there, what they look like, why God made them that way, etc. And those are just two examples in recent days.....yet I would have forgotten all about those incidents, not even realizing how much the kids were really learning.
In fact, a friend from church is the one who helped me remember how much "learning" we do day in and day out. As a homeschooling momma, knowing that I was going to homeschool since the birth of our first son, I seem to always be thinking in "learning" mode. What can my children learn from this? Why does this happen? Where did that idea come from? Who invented that?
So now, I am trying to record these daily learning experiences (plus our more formal workbook pages, curriculum lessons, and co-op days) in my Butterfield Discipleship Academy Homeschool Log. Ok, it's just a regular ol' notebook, but I made a fancy-shmancy label for the front of it, so that makes it OFFICIAL!!
Grab a notebook and give it a try. Before you fall into bed at night, grab that notebook and quickly write down what you did that day. You'll be surprised at how much you and your clan are learning each day.