I have felt such a strong need lately, to go back. To step away from our homeschool for a time. To take a break. Not just for my kids but for this momma. Its clear I need a bit more direction; some inspiration. There is always a better way. I was truly honored, and felt it was such a blessing from God, to be given the opportunity, in this trying time, to review Rhythm: Guiding your Family to Their Ideal Learning Flow. Prayers really do get answered. In a time when we are off-beat, the name alone made me sure that this was something my family and our homeschool desperately needed, rhythm.
It all started with Alicia’s book that I reviewed earlier, Plan to Be Flexible. Anyone who knows me knows that I like to keep it real; I am a fairly transparent person. And lately I have been a bit of a mess. You know those times, if you have homeschooled for any amount of time, when nothing is going as planned? That’s been our life. Drained and bored. No excitement or enthusiasm. We are tired and every day its a struggle. Not just for the kids either 😛 We have to be flexible. We have to be honest. We lost our rhythm. In the fun and crazy summer time, and as the kids get older, they change (and I struggle not to lol) all these red flags begin popping up. Things that tell me I have to stop and step back. This class, it was a blessing in that just like her book, it asked those hard questions. There are three parts to this course. And they are all packed with things to really make you think. I don’t want to give it all away but I am going to try to give you a glimpse into what each class did for me. But if you are struggling right now and need a refreshing; if you need to find your rhythm, do consider this course. It WILL bless you.
As a musician (haven’t played in years but how I do love it) I know all too well how important that rhythm really is. Like in the performing arts, homeschooling (mothering even) is an art that needs to be perfected. We need to be together (relationship) so that, like the steps of a dance or the meter of language and poetry, it flows together. Without attention to the rhythm, that dance, that poem, that homeschool program, how can it really succeed? And when we are not looking, when we are so busy checking off our lists and following the plan that came with that curriculum, or maybe we are just tired and burned out…We stop paying attention. We do not hear the rhythm. We need to stay in step my friends. When the beat is off, we need to hear and respond. Even more we need to be able to acknowledge the root of things and then recognize how we need to respond. This class, Rhythm, it will help you, as it has me, to find that rhythm, whether its totally lost, or just gone missing for a time. 🙂
- How to create structure without being stifled by rigid schedules
- How to tackle those “wrecking balls” that disrupt your daily rhythm (attitude, sickness, etc)
- How to know when your child’s rhythm is changing and what to do about it (those red flags I mentioned before)
- How to welcome free-form learning (without it totally taking over)
- The secret to goal-setting (while still keeping in mind real life)
- 20-minute long, pre-recorded training videos
- Three “At-Home Discover Packets,” @ 38 pages of in-depth exercises, resources and activities corresponding to videos
- Lifetime access to a private online Facebook community of other “rhythm” participants
Life and learning is meant to be a powerful experience; a lifelong journey. I know I loved learning when I was a child (although I didn’t love school) and how I desperately want to pass on that love for learning to my children. “Homeschool is an adventure, a living, breathing, entity that is constantly changing”. I struggle with that part of it all. I admit, I am a perfectionist, I have obsessive moments. I have times when that friends boy knowing something my son doesn’t (but probably should according to “fill in the blank”) bugs me. And I struggle to let it go. Yet throughout this course I have been reminded again and again to “Let go of judgement and just enjoy the process.” We need to drench ourselves (our kids and families) in grace. Again and again. So I have to consider as I read, the approach that I take with each of my three children, is it that which is best for their specific needs? Sadly, I can say, without hesitation that it is not. It is my plan. It is my way. Sure my oldest has chosen a few things to study out yet I still have to be honest, more often we are working at my pace and not his. We are all uniquely created. We are all wired in different ways, with different gifts and part of homeschool for our family is really all about drawing closer to Jesus. We are not drawing near to Him though when the days are as difficult as they have been.