Learning to do hard things

31 Aug

I can’t believe we’re already in week 3 with Classical Conversations! It has been A-MAZ-ING!! Our first week was VERY challenging for both me and Jeremiah but we pushed it through with prayer and lots of breaks! We have gotten so close in the 3 weeks that we’ve been schooling.  Along with, of course, some frustrations! 🙂  The Classical way of learning almost seemed too difficult to him.  Public school didn’t give him a challenge the way CC’s does which is forcing him to use his brain in ways he isn’t used to.  We’ve had lots of pretty deep talks about raising his bar high and putting his all into EVERYTHING he does, especially school.  I read an awesome book called, Do Hard Things by Josh & Brett Harris.  Their teenage, twin brothers challenging other teenagers to raise their standards high &  even though you’re young you can still challenge yourself to do hard things.  In Science Jeremiah had to  write a paper on Protista. He had to find 2 resources from the library, put that info on a fused outline, type or write his research and draw a picture of it. Then he had to put all of that info on a note card BUT he could only have 3 words per sentence and unlimited pictures! But the challenge for him was having to stand in front of his class and do an oral presentation on his research using that note card! That was hard for him to do but he did it!    He did awesome by the way! He has to do a paper every week.  Last week was on Fungi and this week is on Wild Flowers.  He’s also had 2 weeks to learn how to draw the US (w/o tracing), draw in all the states, label each state with capitals and label all the rivers and features. Now he’s doing the same thing but with Canada. By the end of the year he’ll be able to draw the whole world! These are just 2 of the subjects he’s learning. I asked him the other day how he’s liking CC’s and he said he loves it! I’m so glad he loves it because so do I!  Not only is he learning Latin, geography, science etc, but he’s also learning to do hard things!

Jordyn & Josh start home school Sept 5th. Jordyn is so excited….I’m not too sure about Josh….He’s something else!

“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men.”  Colossians 3:23

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One Response to “Learning to do hard things”

  1. Pearl Geneste November 23, 2012 at 7:15 pm #

    Hi there Wacker breu!
    I love all your faces,and all your stories I have and will read! Just as soon as I get over my flue! God bless you all and we can now connect, share and skype to boot! Do remember, if it is 8pm here for me, it is 2pm for you in Austin! Minus 6 does the trick! love Auntie Pearl

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