Since we are reading a book written by Karen Andreola, I thought I would share the link to her blog:
For Assignment 4 of Pocketful of Pinecones, please read pages 12 – 16.
May God bless you on your walk!
The reading for Assignment 3 really struck a chord with me, and I think it was best summed up in the last couple of sentences on page 11:
“Perhaps I’m just suffering the nervous symptoms of a novice. Nonetheless, as I conclude this page of my diary I will pray to be less anxious about obstacles in our path.”
We are in the process of concluding our first year of homeschooling and when I look back on this journey, I remember feeling very anxious and nervous. Unlike Carol, I had a big plan and was firm that we were going to stick to it. However, as the year progressed, I learned to let go and not be so intense. Now, we have our school time in the morning and the afternoons are left for walking to the local dock and playing on the beach. In our play, we inevitably stumble across something interesting: a bird feather, a new flower, a ghost shrimp. It is thrilling to see my child make that discovery on their own, in lieu of being force fed what I think they will be interested in learning.
When we first began these nature walks, it seemed to take all of us a little time to unwind from the house and all it’s cares and truly open our eyes to the nature around us. It took time and it takes time and THAT is the single most important thing I have learned and am still learning. Giving my time to my children. Letting them lead. Being available but not overbearing. Listening. Really listening. Not just, “uh-huh,uh-huh” while I’m doing 10 other things.
With that being said, I appreciate the following quote from page 8:
“I don’t want to be the kind of person who is content with having good intentions, or who is too afraid to carry them out. Rather, I am determined to set aside the time to do what I have purposed to do and not be distracted.”
Carol’s journal this week reflects her purpose, but also shows her flexibility. She knows when not to push her son about showing his drawing, but continues to take both her children out into nature and have them draw.
What did you think about this week’s reading? Have you enjoyed reading Carol’s nature study journey?
May God Bless You on your walk!