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thoughts from me & dr suzuki.

“Why is it that so many people think of doing things and do not do them? Why do they not have the power to put into practice the things they think of doing? If one just thinks about it, the chance slips by. From the time they are children, people are o…rdered about by their parents to do this, to do that… They develop resistance, and (the) resistance habit becomes subconscious, until they are unable to perform immediately even those things they think of doing themselves. (what we need is ) the habit of action ~ this, I think, is the most important thing we must acquire. Life’s success or failure actually depends on thi…s one thing. Start Now, today!” – Shinichi Suzuki

He goes on to say, “True, it is easier to say than to do, but the more you do it, the more of a habit it will become. It is an indispensable skill. To know something and not put it into practice is a weak point, but knowledge is mere knowledge, and is not to be confused with ability and skill. Not until knowledge becomes an inseparable part of one … is it an ability or skill. There are plenty of people who know a lot about baseball & can criticize a game; however, the spectator lacks the intuitive skill, judgement, and physical coordination of the experienced player. A fine society is not built by people who just think about what is right to do.”
You know grace is a pretty simple concept, but to so many it is so hard to receive or accept. I think this is a similar matter. If you see someone in need & think, gosh. I should make a meal for them, do it. If you think of writing a thank you note to someone, do it. If you think of learning to play the guitar, do it. Don’t spend time on thinking & wishing & planning to… take action!


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Our ever-changing homeschool

best reading spot!

best reading spot!

School has resumed in our teeming metropolis, not only for the public school system but for our family’s school system too.
We took an entire year off last year, dove head first into unschooling and completely enjoyed it!
Yet, at the end of the traditional school year, I still found myself anxious, worried, unsure if it was enough to unschool.
In the end, after much discussion between my husband, Grace & I, we choose to go back to a regular schooling routine for this year. We’re back to Ambleside, back to a Charlotte Mason approach ~ which we began with at least seven years ago.
Thankfully, the kids never batted an eye. We had all the books for Lucy from when Grace was her age, and she is enjoying them. She really loves The Burgess Amimal Book for Children. Grace’s books we all ordered from Amazon, though you could we could find many of them at the library (I don’t want to mess with due dates, and fees…). We did get one from the library ~ The Royal Road to Romance by Richard Halliburton, and this is one we are reading together. It’s a fasinating read of his adventures! We should be tracking his journey on a map, but haven’t started that yet. Instead we are embracing his audacity!
Parker is once again along for the ride, sitting in on the read alouds, plowing through his own beginning reader, playing math games with us, keeping a copywork journal too, but yet plenty of playtime.
Just as it should be.


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