It’s Set in Stone!

I listened to an “expert”…

in the field of education…

this past week.

I have often wondered…

who…

or what…

deems that title…

to be so.

My brother Tim…

says…

that true experts…

are dead.

So I promptly…

attempted…

to quit…

calling him one.

He has a point.

So much of life…

changes.

And so do we.

Regularly.

Whether we want to…

or not.

So…

when I heard…

this “expert”…

say…

“And this is set in stone.”

With exactly…

the above emphasis…

I cringed.

Do not misunderstand.

I fully acknowledge…

those things in life…

which cannot…

and will not…

vary.

Gravity.

The fact…

that I need air to breathe.

And food to eat…

and water to drink.

The fact that…

the sun will rise in the east…

and set in the west.

You get the idea.

What I am often puzzled by…

are the things…

that are perceived

to be “set in stone”…

and the impact…

that those perceptions…

can

and do

have on others.

For this lady…

it was…

the time of day…

that one “could”…

and “should”…

attempt…

to do math.

I am asked…

pretty regularly…

what a day…

“looks like”…

in my house.

Both by home educators…

and those that aren’t.

People just want to know.

I get it.

I have steered clear…

of graphic…

and specific…

“how tos”…

here on TommyMom

for several reasons.

Number One…

each day…

really is different.

“Each day…

has sufficient trouble…

of its own.” ~ Jesus

He was a pretty smart guy.

Number Two…

speaking again…

in the most general of terms…

when you put…

concrete examples…

to the methodologies…

“out there”…

there really are

folks…

that begin to…

sweat…

compare…

analyze…

and feel inept.

This is not productive…

on any level.

Every family…

and the individuals…

that comprise it…

are different…

and unique.

I only live with…

and in…

my own!

Therefore…

I can’t possibly…

be an expert…

on yours!

One thing…

I know for certain.

I want to produce leaders.

This blog talks a lot about that.

Good Leaders think…

outside the box…

don’t always conform…

value strong…

authentic…

meaningful relationships…

and thrive on freedom.

Freedom to choose…

to explore…

to work…

to produce.

I am not suggesting…

that we never conform…

we never submit…

we never defer.

Nor am I saying…

that we don’t schedule…

or honor time…

scope…

and sequence.

It’s just that…

there really is…

more than one way…

to accomplish things.

Or even two.

Quite possibly…

there are more than twenty.

I just don’t fully know.

What I do know…

is that one day…

this week…

looked like this.

We were looking over…

an interactive experience…

within…

the Amazon Jungle region.

I was deeply engrossed…

in the text…

lush photographic images…

and factoids…

about one third…

of the world’s bird population…

living in Amazonia.

Son #4…

asked…

“What does one third look like?”

Here is what…

I, TommyMom

did.

I climbed this ladder…

into the “man pad”…

created by Sons #3-#5…

leading up to…

and over…

the Christmas holiday.

The Hero Hubby…

bought them…

the pull down ladder…

as one of their…

Christmas gifts.

I sat on this piece of carpet…

that they have “installed”…

in their loft.

The French call…

it an atelier…

for those desiring…

sophistication.

We have very little of that here.

We’re simply…

working with…

a regular ole’ attic.

We then proceeded…

to work fractions…

with this nifty…

magnetic set…


of manipulatives…

that divide…

into all sorts of them.

I got it…

at a store…

on a clearance…

quite some time ago.

We also used…

measuring cups…

so you could “see”…

the application in cooking.

We used money…

so that #4 and #5…

could grasp coin values better…

in short…

we had a ball.

I also admitted…

my math phobia…

and shared about…

experiences I had…

in classrooms…

with teachers.

Both the good…

and the bad.

Son #3…

also did…

part of the teaching.

And he and I…

talked about…

why you want…

to make sure…

you’re understanding…

patient…

gentle…

and kind…

so that others…

have the best possible…

environment…

in which to “get it.”

When I climbed down…

they were still working away…

and the time frame…

was no where near

the one that…

the “expert” lady…

had set in stone!

Later…

Son #3…

said…

“Mom, I never knew that…

about your fear of Math.”

Stone is set alright.

It’s hard…

unyielding…

and really inflexible.

I am personally…

out for relationships…

that lend themselves…

to trust…

love…

joy…

faith…

confidence.

As for me…

I’ll save…

the stone…

for things like…

Character…

Confidence…

Integrity…

Core…

Faith…

and the like.

And as far…

as what I’m set in?

I think…

the reality…

is looking…

something like this.

Just sayin’!

I still haven’t…

finished the Amazon article…

and we have…

much to experience and cover.

Flexibility…

adaptability…

and spontaneity…

all have their place…

on the journey…

through and to…

Love of Learning!

I hope…

I’m always…

in possession…

of these things.

Happy Friday!
TeriSig









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  1. 1
    Debbie says:

    That is SOOO Awesome!!! I want to come to your home and play…I mean “do school”. Your attic has Christmas lights just for the right mood. I absolutely love the things you have set in stone vs. those in playdoh!!! Thanks for reminding all of us what is truly important and what to hold firm!!! One questions…does the attic convert to a sauna later this year? Two uses in one.

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    Teri Reply:
    January 17th, 2011 at 8:18 pm

    Great suggestion! We were just discussing this the other day. They are under the impression that the attic fan will be “enough” when the triple digits hit! Oh…the innocence of youth! ;0)

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    Christy says:

    FANTASTIC way of explaining what a ‘typical’ day looks like. To some extent I do this in my classroom because I am blessed with high-speed internet and a huge monitor, so when kids ask questions sparked by what we are reading/discussing – we go off on a merry little tangent of discovery. We are forced by the stones of time to push some learning to tomorrow – or I challenge them to look at home… yesterday’s crack-pot assignment was to find out if a blue moon exists. 2 out of 30 came to class with the answer and were delighted at themselves. My goal is to inspire just 1, occasionally – so far, so good. Have a blessed day everyone!

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    Suanna says:

    Thanks. I like your “man-pad”.

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    Teri Reply:
    January 17th, 2011 at 8:17 pm

    ;0)

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    Sam says:

    Awesome! I’m always so curious what leadership education looks like when translated to real life. I’m currently trying to figure out how to apply it with my kids…who are only 6,4 and almost 2. Thanks so much for the glimpse into your day!

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    Teri Reply:
    January 17th, 2011 at 8:17 pm

    Thank YOU…for taking the time to read and leave a comment! Come on over any time! This is what we do here….”try to figure out, apply, rinse repeat! ;0)

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