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What we should learn

August 7, 2013

My last big huge post was full of books and curricula we’ll be using this year to explore different subjects.  Here’s a different list entirely of things I really hope we learn this year which in some (or probably most) cases won’t necessarily come from those books.

(Some are specific to a certain child, but I’ll spare the details of just who needs to work on what.)

Hopefully we’ll learn:

  • To stick to a task until it’s done
  • To do the work required and not figure out the least possible amount we can get away with
  • To whine less when things don’t go our way
  • To always put things back where we found them when we’re finished with them (especially bicycles in the secure garage)
  • To be more disciplined about getting up early in the morning
  • To comb our hair even if we’re not leaving the house any time soon
  • To be confident writers
  • To make something other than cookies (not that cookies every Sunday afternoon aren’t great, but. . .)
  • To get more outdoor physical activity daily and increase strength and endurance
  • To explore the world outside of Star Wars, Clone Wars, and Legos (it’s been a rather single-minded summer)
  • To write our names on assignments
  • To do what we say we’ll do even when Mom can’t check up on it right that minute
  • To listen to more classical music everyday even when after listening to children practice piano, and well, just chatter all day long, you’d really rather have silence
  • Typing, at some point
  • To pick our stuff up at the end of the school day and put it away
  • To not complain for 30 minutes over a task that will take 5 minutes when you just buckle down and do it
  • To not be afraid of trying and failing
  • To increase our mental math skills
  • To not get impatient when others aren’t as quick-thinking as you are
  • To not get annoyed because the 8-year-old always wins Ticket to Ride.  Always.
  • To get back to the wonder of learning and get out of the rut of thinking it only occurs between the hours of 9 and 3–to be fair, I think we do have the wonder part down, but last year we kind of got caught in the “when school’s over, learning stops” mode a bit too much
  • To not screech and holler at the top of your lungs when someone other than Mommy tries to dress, change, feed, or bathe you (one guess as to which child this refers to!)

Dh added a few:

  • To learn to reason and think logically
  • To do our duty completely
  • What duty means
  • To serve others
  • To put others before ourselves
  • To increase our appreciation for each other

And then there are things I need to work on (not that some of the above aren’t mine too):

  • Read aloud more often
  • Spend more one-on-one time with each child
  • Don’t let E get lost in the shuffle of educating his three older brothers
  • Don’t get so stressed out by the rest of life that I can’t focus on the task at hand, especially as regards the education of my children
  • Read more for myself (offline)
  • Memorize more scriptures, make them a part of you (everybody needs this one)

And I could keep going if I thought more about it, but this is getting really long so I think I’ll stop before I get overwhelmed by it all!

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. August 8, 2013 2:59 am

    Great goals! My favorite is “To not be afraid of trying and failing.” That is an amazing gift to give your children. Good for you!

  2. August 9, 2013 10:42 pm

    I love the honesty of this post. Now you have to post this somewhere so you can see it. At the beginning of next year refer back to it and see how much progress you made.

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