For once, there is nothing I feel I need to "research" or read about. I don't know what to do with myself! Second grade is planned and ready to go, our dinosaur unit study month had a smashing beginning today, I know what curriculums I want to use for 3rd grade and further except for ones that I have to wait and see about.
I have absolutely nothing to say.
Well, I guess I do. I can tell you that I've been saving all my craziness about Tapestry of Grace for message boards with seasoned professionals, lol. Tapestry of Grace is amazing...a-m-a-z-i-n-g with a capital A. I overlooked it before, in fact many times because I had read too many statements of faiths and somehow they all mixed together. When I tried to figure out how Tapestry of Grace worked, I couldn't the pieces would not fit inside my head. I know now that God has been readying me this year, forcing me to realize what exactly I believe and pushing me to realize that I need to have solid goals for our children's education. I've been whopped on the head a few times this year, mainly because I didn't I have these things in place.
I want my children to have a multi-cultural education that honors Jesus' teachings, "love others as you love yourself." I want them to understand respectfully the differences between religions, beliefs and cultures all around the world. I want to develop a loving attitude towards others in them, a forgiving, compassionate heart that works hard to do the right thing instead of what feels good.
I want to equip them with an education that will free them to think logically, communicate effectively and persuasively when speaking and writing. I want to equip them with the knowledge and beauty of God and all that He provides so that if they decide to run away from Him, they will know exactly what they are running away from so that they may return.
I want my children to experience the beauty of this world with their eyes open wide to the horrors and injustice. I don't care if they become prestigious, rich or even if they go to college because if I give them a fraction of what I desire for them, I will be a satisfied mother.
And God has equipped me, inspired me to move forward with purpose. Decisions about curriculum, how to proceed are easier, clearer and more satisfying. I am humbled at his grace and my answered prayer. However, I'm in a new place- a bright, shiny new place.
Now back to Tapestry of Grace. I want to use this curriculum for my children, the only decision to make is when and I'm not truly even stressed about that. Our 2nd grade year is done and ready to go- I don't feel one tinge of regret about what has been put into place. Suddenly, I just don't feel like talking about it now. Lol. Sorry, I'll come back and post about it later.