Peace and progress
Peace: you all get along with each other, the house is humming with happy energy, projects and play are in full flow, there’s enough food in the cabinets, a satisfying mess reassures you that your kids are engaged, not bored and dissatisfied.
Progress: today is a little better than yesterday, you got a little further in the plan, someone understood what was not understood yesterday, someone else applied a new skill, you kept calm when you wanted to yell, one child helped another child when asked.
Peace: you trust your instincts, you listen to the feeling messages your children express and are open to them, you put connection ahead of expectation, you turn away from standards imposed on you, you pat yourself on the back when you accomplish a single goal, you offered help rather than scolding.
Progress: you measure new aspects of education—concentration, effort put forth, attempts, risks, asking for help, trying again after failing, initiative, creativity, originality, problem-solving, attention to detail, making connections between subject areas.
Peace: you remember that you love who your children are today more than your vision of who you hope they will become.
Progress: you note and praise the achievements your children value in themselves—the new soccer skill, the ability to hiccup 60 times in a row, the block tower, the house of cards, beating a sibling in Yu-Gi-Oh cards, sliding down the stairs headfirst like a luge-ist.
We want peace and progress. Let those be the measurements. How might you foster peace, and facilitate progress in your homeschool? How might you measure newly?
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