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Family Christian Academy https://www.familychristianacademy.com Sun, 02 Sep 2018 22:11:14 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.8 That Incomplete Project https://www.familychristianacademy.com/index.php/that-incomplete-project/ https://www.familychristianacademy.com/index.php/that-incomplete-project/#respond Tue, 18 Oct 2016 06:30:58 +0000 http://www.familychristianacademy.com/?p=10541 A long time ago, when I was much younger, I decided to build a mortise and tenon, 4-poster bed out of Redwood. All the work would be hand-tooled and I envisioned a beautiful masterpiece when done. Working with the amazing properties of Redwood was a real joy—at least for many months. But then, one day, […]

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That Incomplete Project #homeschool #fca Family Christian Academy - great Home Education resources! Grade 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th 9th 10th 11th 12th high school, preschool, kindergarten, college prep, curriculum, testing, tutoring & more!

A long time ago, when I was much younger, I decided to build a mortise and tenon, 4-poster bed out of Redwood. All the work would be hand-tooled and I envisioned a beautiful masterpiece when done.

Working with the amazing properties of Redwood was a real joy—at least for many months. But then, one day, I sort of ran out of gas, as they say, and the enjoyment dissipated.

Every now and then I would pick up a piece of wood and try to get the motivation back, but there was none to be had. Of course, I felt guilty for having spent so much money on the precious wood and not finishing a project I had so eagerly begun.

“What a waste!” I thought. “How lazy can one person be?” I admonished myself.

Then, one day, I overheard someone say, “Whenever you begin a project, set a date for its completion. If it’s truly important, it will be finished by (or, even before) that date. If it isn’t finished by the date, it’s probably not all that important. Either extend the date or walk away  from the project. The main thing is to not beat yourself up for not completing it.”

So, I set a date and, as you might guess, the bed was never completed. When the date arrived, I took all the wood and threw it into the Dempsey Dumpster.

And, I never beat myself up for a project not completed.

Whatever you’re beating yourself up for, give yourself some grace this next season of your life!
I always welcome comments to anything I write so please use the space, below, to let me know your opinions. Have a great rest of 2016!

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You can purchase a copy of my newest book, Gifted: Raising Children Intentionally. Just click on the title and you will be taken to Amazon where you can purchase the book. If you would like a free copy of Chapter 1 of the book, go to the site where I have listed my favorite homeschooling materials and you may download the chapter for free. Go to: Chris Davis Recommends (also on Facebook).

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It’s Time You Know The Truth About Your Child https://www.familychristianacademy.com/index.php/time-know-truth-child/ https://www.familychristianacademy.com/index.php/time-know-truth-child/#respond Thu, 13 Oct 2016 12:24:43 +0000 http://www.familychristianacademy.com/?p=10534 I know you’ve been through a lot with your son and continue to struggle to understand. I know you cringe inside every time someone wants to “talk to you about your child”. I know you’ve searched for answers, tried changes with his diet, put controls on his video time, taken him for testing, put him on medication, and watched […]

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It's time you know the truth about your child #homeschool #fca Family Christian Academy - great Home Education resources! Grade 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th 9th 10th 11th 12th high school, preschool, kindergarten, college prep, curriculum, testing, tutoring & more!I know you’ve been through a lot with your son and continue to struggle to understand.

I know you cringe inside every time someone wants to “talk to you about your child”.

I know you’ve searched for answers, tried changes with his diet, put controls on his video time, taken him for testing, put him on medication, and watched him struggle with a group of kids his age.

I know because I’ve watched your child for years from the outside, realizing his differences almost immediately and seeing them still as he continues to grow up.

Other people notice sometimes too.
But they may not know what I know.
I know there’s nothing wrong with your child.
In fact, everything is just right.

As your son is a friend of my child, I sympathize with your pained expressions, your bubbling outward optimism, and your acceptance of your child as different but valuable. I also admire you for all of those same expressions. I know it’s been a hard road for you.

I know the testing didn’t show your child at his best. Tests can give us valuable insights, but they can also fail us too. Tests don’t always tell us what we need to know. And some kids just don’t fit with some types of testing.

I know the teachers at school focus plenty on the distractions, the outbursts of crazy ideas, and the lack of focus during directions. I know your child loves reading. I’ve seen him devour books (even sneaking off to read while visiting my son) and though his teachers might enjoy that part, I know that pulling out a book at the ‘wrong’ time can bring criticism instead of admiration.

I realize that I may be overstepping my bounds. I know you may dismiss my idea as misinformed, misguided, or simply as none of my business. You can be frustrated with me, but I have a deep need to help you understand. You see, I was your child. In many ways, I still am.

His ‘crazy’ isn’t crazy, it’s excitement. It’s something called a psychomotor overexcitability and it’s actually quite ‘normal’ for some kids. His enthusiasm bubbles over when he’s happy or boils when he’s mad. It causes him to jump around, yell out of turn and always be on the move. It’s also often mistaken for ADD/ADHD. He’s not alone with this. My kids have them too. In different ways, but they’re still there.

Ask me how I know.

My psychomotor tendencies cause me to speak rapidly. You may have noticed a time or two when I spoke so quickly, sometimes maybe even on top of your voice. Maybe you even thought it was a bit odd. Even at almost 50 years old, I’ve been known to jump up and down excitedly from time to time. It’s actually quite a wonderful feeling, that ecstasy of happiness. But yes, it catches the attention of others too. And sometimes the looks I get remind me that not everyone feels the way I do.

I see your son’s intellectual overexcitabilites too. That kid of yours has had long discussions with me over the past few years about astronomy, video games, and England, just to name a few. They’re different kinds of conversations where he starts out shyly mentioning something with just a tinge of excitement, wondering if he should hold back or not. I’m always, yes, always happy to listen to him. I ache for him knowing that often others aren’t interested. He’s talks to me more in-depth than your average kid, and always with the excitement and attention that comes with knowledge and discovery. I’ve watched him pour over books trying to absorb every word. Sometimes an hour may pass by when I realize our sons are separate, but together, each absorbed in their own learning worlds. It’s okay though, they understand each other.

Ask me how I know.

My intellectual overexcitabilities can get the best of me some days too. These days my research is encouraged, and I’m lucky enough to use the balance of my homeschooling time to satisfy my cravings for more, more, more learning. Whether it’s researching neuroscience, blogging, running my gifted adults group, or learning Spanish with the help of Duolingo, I constantly feed my need to know. I’m lucky that I have the flexibility to do it these days. It was really tough for years when the constant rush meant no time for my mind. A blog post like this that needs to be done by tomorrow to hand to you about your son will invest at least 3 or 4 hours tonight. Those hours of focus are nothing for me when I’m committed. If it’s important, I could stay here all night. That kind of focus is rare, or so I hear. But, I’ve seen it in your son too.

Let’s talk about sensual overexcitabilities, often seen as sensitivities. Your child has them, I know. I know about the clothing sensitivities he’s had. I know how wearing his clothes backwards never bothered him a bit, but I also remember the trials and tribulations with the dreaded sock issues. I’ve learned to accommodate his preferences for certain foods and even bowls or plates when he eats with us. I’ve tried introducing him to different foods at our house, most unsuccessfully. I know these preferences are often seen as a child being picky, but I know how powerful sensitivities can be. I know how certain noises can send your child up the wall, and how other noises can truly be soothing too.

Ask me how I know.

I was that child irritated by itchy fabrics, I still sleep with a certain arrangement of pillows just to satisfy my own level of comfort. Loud noises, were deathly frightening for my own children when they were young, and I continue to find them uncomfortable as an adult. Though I’m able to hide my reaction (usually), I was often “a complainer” as a kid because lots of noises, lights, and textures truly hurt. I was also a “picky eater” being able to smell an onion a mile away, but if it’s any consolation, I’ll eat mostly anything these days.

Then, there are the emotional overexcitabilities. His kindness to my son has always been evident. They both play a game of, “What do you want to do?” always fearful of stepping on the other one’s toes. I’ve watched your son balance a tightrope of emotions wondering how much to show and letting loose at other times. Though they’re both around middle school age, stuffed animals still bring out the cuddly “aw” in both boys.

Ask me how I know.

My bonds with friends last forever. If you were, or are my friend, there’s almost nothing I wouldn’t do for you. It’s gotten me deeply hurt over the years, but it’s who I am and who I choose to be. But, not just people mean a lot to me. I’ve cried when a favorite tree was taken down and I still have some of my childhood stuffed animals.

Your son’s imaginational overexcitabilities pop up too. Sure, most kids like video games, but few can stay as focused, as committed, as invested, or as knowledgeable about all of the intricacies, and then use those to evolve play time into an adventure worthy of a story or movie. Gosh, I remember years of peeking in with our kids and Legos or other action figures. Though toys have been replaced by video as our boys age, I see them both continue to play where finding new skills means becoming more involved in the character’s ideas. I’m not sure about your son’s nightly thoughts, but you might want to see if any of this sounds familiar.

Ask me how I know.

I was that child who lay terrified at night of scary things, sometimes paralyzed in fear. I was often unable to separate from my imaginational excitability when I was afraid. I was that teen with the night light on and closet doors closed (because that way I wouldn’t see a figure of clothes come out of the closet). My imagination often ran away from me. These days, my imaginational overexcitabilities helps me look towards my ideas for education as possibilities, instead of mere hopes and dreams.

Secretly, I’ve felt a special kinship to your child that only recently, I’ve identified. Your child is one of my children in a way, one of a special group called ‘gifted’. There’s much more to giftedness than just a high IQ and many overexcitabilities. It’s a different wiring in the brain, and a more complex, intense, and driven way of thinking too. If you ever want to learn more to help your son, I’m here. I ache for the many kids who don’t ever really “fit in” , feel different all their lives, and learn that others just don’t understand.

Ask me how I know.

I just thought it’s time you know the truth about your child.

By Lisa Swadoba

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5 More Homeschool Quotes! https://www.familychristianacademy.com/index.php/5-homeschool-quotes-2-2/ https://www.familychristianacademy.com/index.php/5-homeschool-quotes-2-2/#respond Thu, 26 May 2016 16:07:35 +0000 http://www.familychristianacademy.com/?p=10509 “It is hard not to feel that there must be something very wrong with much of what we do in school, if we feel the need to worry so much about what many people call ‘motivation’. A child has no stronger desire than to make sense of the world, to move freely in it, to […]

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“It is hard not to feel that there must be something very wrong with much of what we do in school, if we feel the need to worry so much about what many people call 'motivation'. A child has no stronger desire than to make sense of the world, to move freely in it, to do the things that he sees bigger people doing.” - John Holt #homeschool #fca Family Christian Academy - great Home Education resources! Grade 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th 9th 10th 11th 12th high school, preschool, kindergarten, college prep, curriculum, testing, tutoring & more! “It is hard not to feel that there must be something very wrong with much of what we do in school, if we feel the need to worry so much about what many people call ‘motivation’. A child has no stronger desire than to make sense of the world, to move freely in it, to do the things that he sees bigger people doing.” – John Holt

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“When I look at a child, I see a living, breathing person, made in God's image, for whom God has a plan. As parent educators, we need to embrace a new notion of learning...we need to engage the hearten order to effectively educate the child. Our vision of a well-educated child is a child who has a heart for learning, a child who has the tools he needs to continue to learn for a lifetime and a child who has the love to want to do it.” - Elizabeth Foss #homeschool #fca Family Christian Academy - great Home Education resources! Grade 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th 9th 10th 11th 12th high school, preschool, kindergarten, college prep, curriculum, testing, tutoring & more!“When I look at a child, I see a living, breathing person, made in God’s image, for whom God has a plan. As parent educators, we need to embrace a new notion of learning…we need to engage the hearten order to effectively educate the child. Our vision of a well-educated child is a child who has a heart for learning, a child who has the tools he needs to continue to learn for a lifetime and a child who has the love to want to do it.” – Elizabeth Foss

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Once upon a time, all children were homeschooled. They were not sent away from home each day to a place just for children but lived, learned, worked, and played in the real world, alongside adults and other children of all ages.” - Rachel Gathercole #homeschool #fca Family Christian Academy - great Home Education resources! Grade 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th 9th 10th 11th 12th high school, preschool, kindergarten, college prep, curriculum, testing, tutoring & more!“Once upon a time, all children were homeschooled. They were not sent away from home each day to a place just for children but lived, learned, worked, and played in the real world, alongside adults and other children of all ages.” 

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“Children learn from anything and everything they see. They learn wherever they are, not just in special learning places.” ― John Holt #homeschool #fca Family Christian Academy - great Home Education resources! Grade 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th 9th 10th 11th 12th high school, preschool, kindergarten, college prep, curriculum, testing, tutoring & more!“Children learn from anything and everything they see. They learn wherever they are, not just in special learning places.”
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We cannot continue to send our children to Caesar for their education and be surprised when they come home as Romans #homeschool #fca Family Christian Academy - great Home Education resources! Grade 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th 9th 10th 11th 12th high school, preschool, kindergarten, college prep, curriculum, testing, tutoring & more!“We cannot continue to send our children to Caesar for their education and be surprised when they come home as Romans.”
– Voddie T. Baucham Jr.

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Finding Solid Ground – A Journey Into Homeschooling https://www.familychristianacademy.com/index.php/finding-solid-ground-journey-homeschooling/ https://www.familychristianacademy.com/index.php/finding-solid-ground-journey-homeschooling/#respond Tue, 24 May 2016 18:46:27 +0000 http://www.familychristianacademy.com/?p=10502 Finding solid ground. I have been floating in the clouds so long I forgot it was suspended animation. I attended a traditional Catholic school as a child, grew up to teach in urban, suburban, and rural public schools for almost 25 years, and now I’m homeschooling my own child. Why? I could say it’s one […]

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Finding Solid Ground - A Journey Into Homeschooling #homeschool #fca Family Christian Academy - great Home Education resources! Grade 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th 9th 10th 11th 12th high school, preschool, kindergarten, college prep, curriculum, testing, tutoring & more!Finding solid ground.
I have been floating in the clouds so long I forgot it was suspended animation.

I attended a traditional Catholic school as a child, grew up to teach in urban, suburban, and rural public schools for almost 25 years, and now I’m homeschooling my own child. Why?

I could say it’s one of those “I’ve seen it all” stories.

I pretty much have seen it all. Teaching and learning are still very precious to my soul, and that’s why I quit- traditional schooling, that is. Traditional schooling has always stifled me, but I managed to find my way around it for a really long time, had a lot of fun teaching and learning myself, immensely enjoyed “my kids” in the classroom, and wouldn’t trade most of it. I’ve taught children with no home, children in million dollar mansions, and everything in between. I’ve taught children who needed a friend, a mother, a teacher, and a hug. Experiencing bi-polarity, ADHD, food allergies, divorce through a child’s eyes, and several children that I couldn’t help really opens your eyes to education.

But the days I didn’t realize I was missing were the ones I missed with my own children. I got used to working hard creating things for my classroom and my students. Redesigning tests, cutting out paper bears, and researching alternative methods to find that just right way to get concepts across were all part of the job and my passion as a teacher. After all, my own children had me all of the time. Yet, when summer came and I got to really know my own children, I realized how much I was missing. But, then I’d need to get prepared for back to school and so I’d wait for next summer. I was flying high.

In the summer, with my own children, we’d go on walks, collect leaves, read outside in the hammock, play in the pool, make Kool-Aid, buy game guides, and just play. It was heaven.

Then, the itch to get back in the groove for school would hit and I’d put aside the play to work, refine, and work some more on “school stuff”.  And I’d send my children away.

As education became more standardized and less free, I realized how much of the reason for my teaching had disappeared. I became more and more miserable. A couple school transfers later, I realized my heart wasn’t in it. I got into teaching to make learning fun and it wasn’t fun anymore. I was miserable. Public education wasn’t for me.

I still love teaching and learning and have always snuck in learning with my own children. Asking times tables in the car, wondering aloud how many cups of flour to use if I was doubling the recipe, asking what the time would be after video games were done, and having my kids measure to see where the new dresser would go were second nature for me. I read with my kids every night and always ask them “why” questions. I have always been a teacher. It comes naturally to me.

Homeschooling was not a conscious choice. It was a gift that was given to me at a time when I needed it. The funny thing is I looked for a variety of educational and other positions even after quitting my last school. They didn’t come. I’m starting my own business to support homeschoolers and traditionally schooled children, but it hasn’t taken off yet. My son was bored at school (and has been for years), had problems with friends, and has always been clingy to mom. Something was telling me it was time.

I’ll keep my business going though. I want to show people that they don’t have to follow a script either just because they’re homeschooling and don’t have an educational degree. I want to help traditionally schooled children by supporting them with unconventional methods that can help them understand after school too. But my son and I are going to be doing a lot of learning together this year too. The fun thing is he’ll be with me all of the time.

It’s time to find some solid ground.

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Kindergarten https://www.familychristianacademy.com/index.php/kindergarten/ https://www.familychristianacademy.com/index.php/kindergarten/#respond Tue, 24 May 2016 15:57:27 +0000 http://www.familychristianacademy.com/?p=10494 Kindergarten: (noun). From the German meaning “a child’s garden”. God plants two seeds into the garden of every child’s life. They are His gifts both to the child and to the world. The flowers these seeds are intended to bear are curiosity and the capacity to be amazed. Curiosity and amazement are beautiful flowers; but, […]

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Kindergarten: (noun). From the German meaning “a child’s garden”.

Kindergarten #homeschool #fca Family Christian Academy - great Home Education resources! Grade 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th 9th 10th 11th 12th high school, preschool, kindergarten, college prep, curriculum, testing, tutoring & more!God plants two seeds into the garden of every child’s life. They are His gifts both to the child and to the world.

The flowers these seeds are intended to bear are curiosity and the capacity to be amazed.

Curiosity and amazement are beautiful flowers; but, they are wildflowers. Being delicate, their survival depends on a certain level of chaos. Not just chaos allowed, but chaos promoted. Unfortunately for the child (and for the world), most gardeners see them as weeds extending themselves beyond the straight rows and over the trimmed hedges.

However, when a child escapes the gardener’s spade–and when the seeds God has planted are allowed to fully mature–that child grows up discovering answers to questions no one else is even asking and doing what no one else dare attempt.

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You can purchase a copy of my newest book, Gifted: Raising Children Intentionally. Just click on the title and you will be taken to Amazon where you can purchase the book. If you would like a free copy of Chapter 1 of the book, go to the site where I have listed my favorite homeschooling materials and you may download the chapter for free. Go to: Chris Davis Recommends (also on Facebook).

For 14 years, I have taken homeschooling families to tour biblical Israel. Check out my travel site at Experiencing Israel (also on Facebook)

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Get Lost https://www.familychristianacademy.com/index.php/get-lost/ https://www.familychristianacademy.com/index.php/get-lost/#respond Mon, 23 May 2016 18:36:43 +0000 http://www.familychristianacademy.com/?p=10489 Why is it so important to stop and smell the roses? To keep stopping and keep smelling the roses? Because the journey is much more important than the destination. With the advent of GPS, it’s almost impossible to get lost these days. But, not getting lost keeps us from accidentally stumbling upon so many adventures […]

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Get Lost #homeschool #fca Family Christian Academy - great Home Education resources! Grade 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th 9th 10th 11th 12th high school, preschool, kindergarten, college prep, curriculum, testing, tutoring & more!Why is it so important to stop and smell the roses?
To keep stopping and keep smelling the roses?

Because the journey is much more important than the destination.

With the advent of GPS, it’s almost impossible to get lost these days. But, not getting lost keeps us from accidentally stumbling upon so many adventures that could make life interesting.

Homeschoolers tend to schedule their children’s days such that the kids never have time to wander and explore and wonder. Instead of giving them a microscope and telling them to go outside, we spend their lives in the predictable, those unchanging and unchallenging tasks that arrest natural curiosity.

Along life’s journey, allow yourself to get lost from time to time. The temporary feeling of insecurity you will have while wondering where you are cannot compare to the joy you will have when you find yourself.

If you stop to smell the roses, the world may rush right past you. They will arrive at the destination before you do. But they will have missed the scent that awaits those who stop and linger. And smell the roses.

The journey really is more important than the destination.

You can purchase a copy of my newest book, Gifted: Raising Children Intentionally. Just click on the title and you will be taken to Amazon where you can purchase the book. If you would like a free copy of Chapter 1 of the book, go to the site where I have listed my favorite homeschooling materials and you may download the chapter for free. Go to: Chris Davis Recommends (also on Facebook).

For 14 years, I have taken homeschooling families to tour biblical Israel. Check out my travel site at Experiencing Israel (also on Facebook)

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Creative Showering – Confessions of a Multitasking Teacher-Mom https://www.familychristianacademy.com/index.php/creative-showering-confessions-multitasking-teacher-mom/ https://www.familychristianacademy.com/index.php/creative-showering-confessions-multitasking-teacher-mom/#respond Mon, 16 May 2016 21:38:00 +0000 http://www.familychristianacademy.com/?p=10476 We are all multitasking maniacs; aren’t we? Geez, it says  it even in the title. I have 2 hyphenated descriptors in my title. I can’t even add words without multi-tasking them. I bet you’re a lot like me. Multi-tasking has become a way of life for most of us. It’s how we get things done. […]

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#homeschool #fca Family Christian Academy - great Home Education resources! Grade 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th 9th 10th 11th 12th high school, preschool, kindergarten, college prep, curriculum, testing, tutoring & more!We are all multitasking maniacs; aren’t we? Geez, it says  it even in the title. I have 2 hyphenated descriptors in my title. I can’t even add words without multi-tasking them. I bet you’re a lot like me. Multi-tasking has become a way of life for most of us. It’s how we get things done. Or is it?

While in the shower this morning, I asked myself, “Why has no one invented a waterproof idea pad that I could take in the shower to jot notes?” It’s where most of my inspirations happen! Why not? Because it would defeat the whole purpose (besides getting clean) of the shower. It would once again split your focus and you’d find yourself back in the multi-tasking loop again. Your brain would have even less time to process all of the information and develop ideas related to your thinking. And we need that time.  (Yes, I know you just clicked the link again.)

When I taught in elementary classrooms it was rare for my attention to not be split for more than 10 minutes. Children demand attention frequently and add to that actual instruction, alternative approaches to reach every student, plus the need to engage students, answer the intercom, fix that WaterproofIdeaPaddarn strap on my shoe, and make sure Bobby had his pencil and I was a multi-tasking queen.

Once safe from the 25 attention-getters at home, I dealt with the normal kid (and adult homework), bed-readying, fighting-referee, etc. It seemed to never stop. We all have similar stories. I guess that’s why I always need down time, alone, to process, in the quiet.

It’s so natural for us now; except it really isn’t. It’s a drive to know everything. The internet has made our lives so much easier, quicker, more engaging, and split-focused. It is dulling the creative side of our brains by limiting our thought processes.

I saw it in students- way too much. Staying focused on one task was almost impossible. Many had also experienced the “restricted creativity” that takes place in so many classrooms. Nothing too “out of the box” since it would take us off on a tangent, and lord knows we can’t have that. Yeah, I was a rule breaker. Creative. Let it flow (and yet I was still a multi-tasking queen). The kids fought it- and hard. Learning without thinking was a motto many embraced. Sad.

These days, I’m giving my brain a break and fighting the urge to add just one more link while focusing on my work. I’m all for slowing down and letting the mind process (right after I check for one more thing).

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Bump – The Tipping Point In Education https://www.familychristianacademy.com/index.php/bump-tipping-point-educatino/ https://www.familychristianacademy.com/index.php/bump-tipping-point-educatino/#respond Wed, 27 Apr 2016 20:29:36 +0000 http://www.familychristianacademy.com/?p=10468 We are rapidly reaching the tipping point in education. Malcolm Gladwell speaks of it in his book. It’s also referred to as the Butterfly Effect. It’s a specific period in time when life as you know it is approaching a change. It’s a change that has been building like a wave and is on the cusp […]

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Bump #homeschool #fca Family Christian Academy - great Home Education resources! Grade 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th 9th 10th 11th 12th high school, preschool, kindergarten, college prep, curriculum, testing, tutoring & more!We are rapidly reaching the tipping point in education.

Malcolm Gladwell speaks of it in his book.
It’s also referred to as the Butterfly Effect.

It’s a specific period in time when life as you know it is approaching a change. It’s a change that has been building like a wave and is on the cusp of crashing to affect a landscape forever.

Education, and more precisely learning, has been on this cusp for many years. Organized structures of education are slow to adopt innovation, but other sectors of learning are at the tipping point.

  1. Todd Rose talks about it in his book, Square Peg. He talks about his tipping point-the butterfly effect- complex systems.

We have all had those moments when you knew it was coming, but all of a sudden……it tipped; it changed. You knew. You finally realized….”I know.”

What makes changes? Sure, people, innovation, technology, but there’s more; especially in the fast-paced world of today. It’s all about connections.

This morning, I checked my work email, which led me to confirm a subscription, where a link caught my eye. I watched the youtube video, got inspired to Google ‘David Kelley’, who had several other links to investigate.

In short, I ended up here writing for my blog (which is what I intended to begin hours ago). Hours ago I had a different focus for this blog, but it morphed. It tipped.

Learning is morphing at a spectacular rate. More spectacularly than we realize. Try to catch your breath when you’re learning. You can’t. You’re on a roll connecting dots and it’s exhilarating! It’s a high.

Learning needs to tip for more people. It needs to be a high that so many of us have experienced at some point in our lives.

Ask 10 people what they’re learning today. Most will look at you dumb-founded. When and why did some people stop learning? Learning is exhilarating, but so many of us are too tired to learn. That’s devastating for our world.

Schools are no longer exhilarating.
Education is ready for an innovation.
Customize it.
Connect it.

Help me tip it.
ll it takes is a bump.

Post by lisa Swadoba
https://atlaseducational.wordpress.com/2013/11/18/bump-the-tipping-point-in-education/

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Did I Accomplish My Goal? https://www.familychristianacademy.com/index.php/did-i-accomplish-my-goal/ https://www.familychristianacademy.com/index.php/did-i-accomplish-my-goal/#respond Tue, 12 Apr 2016 21:37:11 +0000 http://www.familychristianacademy.com/?p=9885 I teach. I guide learners to accomplish goals, learn new skills, be inspired, and most of all, to think. But, who am I to teach? I still consider myself a teacher and more than most that are still out there in schools. I’m keeping my brain, my dignity, my innovation, my approach to customize learning. I tutor, […]

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Did I Accomplish My Goal #homeschool #fca Family Christian Academy - great Home Education resources! Grade 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th 9th 10th 11th 12th high school, preschool, kindergarten, college prep, curriculum, testing, tutoring & more!I teach.
I guide learners to accomplish goals, learn new skills, be inspired, and most of all, to think.

But, who am I to teach?
I still consider myself a teacher and more than most that are still out there in schools. I’m keeping my brain, my dignity, my innovation, my approach to customize learning.

I tutor, I help homeschoolers to find curriculum & customize instruction, I offer support and commiseration to educators still in the field that haven’t given up.

Who am I to teach?
Why would any child (or adult) take my advice?

I’m currently helping a boy get better organized with his schoolwork.
Good thing he hasn’t seen my desk.

Actually, I understand HOW to be organized. I am actually very good at it.

My life just continues to evolve and sometimes I can’t catch up or don’t see the need to get organized right away.

I enjoy juggling balls. I enjoy seeing where life takes me.

Life is in constant motion. When you get comfortable, you get complacent and stagnant. I was complacent and stagnant the last several years- when I was teaching.

They took away my juggling balls and put them in a box.

My growth in life has been when I’m in motion- when I’m learning.
When you’re learning, sometimes you don’t have time to slow down and get organized.

Are the stars organized?
Do plants grow in straight lines?
Is your life organized?

Really?

Why would your projects, your plans, your ideas, your learning be organized?
Sure, having goals and a plan is great, but do you deviate from your course?

I do.

I’ve learned more that way than sitting down to study.

See where life takes you.

Throw caution to the wind. Turn down the wrong street- on purpose-
at a moment’s notice.

Do you feel scared? Do you feel that adrenaline rush?
That’s life-unplanned, unorganized.

Disorganization = Discovery = Learning = Life.

Don’t worry, you can always go back to your plans another day.

“If a cluttered desk is a sign of a cluttered mind, of what, then, is an empty desk a sign?”
– Albert Einstein

Post by Lisa Swadoba
https://atlaseducational.wordpress.com/2013/11/25/did-i-accomplish-my-goal/

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Minecraft Mayhem https://www.familychristianacademy.com/index.php/minecraft-mayhem/ https://www.familychristianacademy.com/index.php/minecraft-mayhem/#respond Mon, 28 Mar 2016 20:40:56 +0000 http://www.familychristianacademy.com/?p=8369 I did it. Yes, it’s because he won’t get anything accomplished otherwise. Is that an excuse? Yes. Is it a reason? Sure. But, it’s still my choice and I chose. The computer stays locked until the weekend at my house. Locking out kids is a tool parents use in an effort to control children’s video […]

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Minecraft Mayhem #homeschool #fca Family Christian Academy - great Home Education resources! Grade 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th 9th 10th 11th 12th high school, preschool, kindergarten, college prep, curriculum, testing, tutoring & more!I did it. Yes, it’s because he won’t get anything accomplished otherwise. Is that an excuse? Yes. Is it a reason? Sure. But, it’s still my choice and I chose.

The computer stays locked until the weekend at my house. Locking out kids is a tool parents use in an effort to control children’s video time. But, I’m a Love and Logic person and it’s like stealing a cookie. When you know it’s wrong- you know it’s wrong. It goes against your core. I want my children to mess up-to fail. I want them to feel badly all on their own realizing that they made a poor choice and have to deal with the consequences and look for ways to improve when they get that feeling. It IS possible and it is gratifying and uplifting to see. I’m lucky. My kids mess up a lot. So, do I.

I lock the computer in an effort to control my children even though I preach about letting kids learn and deal with their own consequences. But how do you have consequences when you have no control? I struggle with this dilemma often. They’re called natural consequences and sometimes they don’t come right away. That’s tough for a parent to wait and see, but it’s also a learning experience for everyone and that’s what I’m all about.

Minecraft Mayhem #homeschool #fca Family Christian Academy - great Home Education resources! Grade 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th 9th 10th 11th 12th high school, preschool, kindergarten, college prep, curriculum, testing, tutoring & more!I “allowed” my youngest to get on the computer during the week to play some online math games. He loved it and did really well. We discussed prior to and during about the need to “stay on task” and manage his time making sure he was clear about the time to get off the computer. Everything sounds perfect; right? He agreed to it all. Well, when it was time to get off the computer-he did. Closed it out and went onto another activity. No problem. The problem came later when he got mad at me. He knew my button. The computer.

Later when angry, my son declared, “I’m getting back on the computer!” and I went into psycho mode trying to beat him there. He knew I would. I had to stop him. He’s done it many times before. Once he’s on-he won’t get off.

I grabbed at the mouse to no avail. He had already clicked to Minecraft which you can run with the keyboard. I failed. I had to do something. I hit the shut down button on the computer-the one you yell at your children not to touch because it’s so dangerous. It’s so dangerous-blue screen of death. Yes, it happened. The computer wouldn’t restart.

Some time later after we took some time separately and system repair cranked on, we both reflected and realized were both at fault. How was I able to reason about it with an 8 year old? Well, I am a Love and Logic person and I let my children mess up-often. We often reflect together , but this time the reflection was for both of us. I’ve also done my best to teach my kids that life is about messing up and learning -and oh, I believe it.

It’s still hard to not feel like a failure at times though. What is feeling like a failure?

Children need to be allowed to fail-often. Protecting them and managing them at every turn doesn’t build confidence-it builds reliance. As a former classroom teacher, children’s confidence  has spiraled downward at an alarming rate. It’s the core of the educational problem.

Children aren’t ALLOWED to think. Sounds crazy? Sure, we all encourage children to think-when we want them to. But, when they really need to make choices, we jump in and save them. Children need to think about their choices and the outcomes, but first they need to be able to make them (even poor ones) on their own. I do my best to shut my mouth and stand back to watch. I still need practice sometimes.

Failure is a bad word and always has been. In today’s society there is no acceptable failure. When no failure is allowed, excuses are a way to lessen the pain. People give reasons when they fail because they don’t want to be seen as a failure or they’re grasping for understandings. Failure brings feelings of guilt and inferiority. Giving reasons is a copying mechanism that is intended to lessen the pain directed toward the person causing the disappointment. No ownership=no pain. But who is causing the pain? Pain needs to come from the inside, not others. You need to be able to fail, accept, reflect, and learn all on your own.

Entrepreneurs, inventors, and creators fail often. Successful creators are not intimidated by failures. It’s a tool. Embracing failure encourages you to reason and use your failure to improve.

When someone fails, offering acceptance and probing for why it happened is a better path to understanding and learning from mistakes. Instead of chastising, using reflection techniques can help to reason where the mistake occurred and direct a plan of action for the future. Reflection encourages us to own up to our mistakes and poor choices, but it adds a crucial element-understanding. Knowledge + Understanding = Learning. Without understanding, there is no learning.

So, next time someone fails and gives “an excuse”- be accepting. Avoiding guilt is why most people offer excuses anyway. Without the guilt-it’s called a learning opportunity. We have lots of those at my house.

This morning when my 8 year old grabbed the remote I cringed. It was supposed to be hidden. He knows I’m not happy that he’s watching tv, but he has told me he loved me 8 times in the last 40 minutes and every time I’ve answered, “I love you too.” I’m learning. We’ll reflect later.

In the meantime, I wrote this post.

Minecraft Mayhem

A blog post by Lisa Swaboda
https://atlaseducational.wordpress.com/2014/01/17/minecraft-mayhem/

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