In 2007, our family began a fascinating journey into the world of homeschooling. Since that time, I have researched and developed many unit studies and lessons. Finding a curriculum or resource that focuses on exactly what I want to teach and how I want to teach it has been a challenge over the years. Often, I find myself creating something to fit our needs. Although I thoroughly enjoy this process, it has often bothered me that the lessons I create are only used once and then discarded. Perhaps it bothers me because, as a former teacher in a traditional school setting, the lessons I developed were made with the intention that they would be reused multiple times. If a lesson didn’t work well, it could be revised, but all of the time spent planning and researching was still valuable because the lesson would be used again in the future. This is not the case with our family. After completing a lesson or unit study together, we simply move on. This is as it should be, but is not easy for me. I have never been able to bring myself to the task of deleting my files. Perhaps I secretly think they have some monetary value. Maybe I could put them together in a book and sell it. After all, I spent time researching and writing these things and that must be worth something. While reading Proverbs 3, I had a realization.
Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, when it is in your power to act. Do not say to your neighbor, “Come back tomorrow and I’ll give it to you”— when you already have it with you. (Proverbs 3:27-28)
The verses really spoke to me. I am selfishly withholding something. I have something to share. This blog is my place to do just that. I will share my research, lessons, ideas, and whatever else I feel led to write. I hope you find something useful for your journey.