Sunday, January 23, 2011

The beginning of my search

I'm just going to ramble here for a bit. We joined ATI in November of 2009. One of our biggest reasons for joining was so that we could watch the Basic Seminar on DVD. I didn't ever really anticipate using the Wisdom Booklets because something about them overwhelmed me. Maybe it was because I have done unit studies in the past that required way too much of me with little return on lessons learned. I'm learning that those were done in my strength and without the direction of the Holy Spirit. We did learn many things, but they didn't stick. I saw God orchestrate wonderful "units" but I think we got lost in all the "Discovery learning" and we didn't fully seek God. I didn't fully seek God for direction.

In the last several years the Lord has grown me in many ways; through the size of our family and learning to spend time in His word consistently. I still haven't arrived but I do hunger after His word in a whole new way. I desire a relationship with Him that is true and consistent. I want to pass that on to my children.

When we did think about doing the Wisdom Booklets, I was scared and chickened out of it. A friend recently joined ATI and they are off to a good start with their WB studies. This may sound cheesy, but all of a sudden I felt like I had the courage to do this. Maybe it was the support that I felt that she would provide me. My husband is very supportive, but I'm sure he is just plain tired of the curriculum switching. I am as well, but I just can't seem to see fruit in what we are using and seem to flounder hoping that something will really be the tool we need. I'm looking for something that doesn't require me doing all the work. I want something that has less focus on the academics while helping my children focus on the prize; true success in their lives - Jesus Christ.

So, while recovering from hernia surgery I'm watching all the videos I can on how to use Wisdom Booklets and taking notes and planning. My husband has agreed to let us give this a shot for a month and see how it goes. We are entering new training ground. I desire this for my children's sake and their relationship with the Lord. My sweet husband is fully supportive. He had encouraged me to try the Wisdom Booklets, but I was scared. I really need to heed his gentle promptings more often. He's definitely a Mr. Stead - not a Mr. Commando. Sometimes I feel like I need a Mr. Commando, but I know that it's just the Lord teaching me to listen to my gentle husband and shut my mouth more often.

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missusmechanic said...

So, how are you doing on the WBs now? Are you still doing them? I was just wondering if there is any way I could help. We have been in for 11 years now and I googled planning homeschool wisdom booklets and your site came up.



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