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The best teacher

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by Tsh

Tsh is the founder of this blog and lives in Bend, Oregon with her husband and 3 kids. Her latest book is Notes From a Blue Bike, and believes a passport is one of the world's greatest textbooks.

As you start this week, may you resolve to slow down enough to enjoy the process of learning. Children, especially very young ones, are the best at this. They find absolutely no hurry in a leisurely walk when there are sticks and roly-polies and grass blades and sidewalk cracks to explore. They ask you a million questions about each one.

Lets learn from them. As we go about our day, let’s resist the temptation to constantly hurry on to the next task on our to-do list, because we just might miss something gloriously worth knowing. As you work throughout your day, stop and find out when you wonder why baking soda has a million uses. How cameras work. Why everybody looks good in eggplant purple.

Be a student of life. Take time to always be reading, to go on daily walks, to pull over to that historical marker or scenic overlook, and to journal your thoughts, because it’s in these simple exercises where we find our inner schoolchild, insatiably curious and eager to learn. That is, if we slow down enough to let her learn.

Find the courage this week to let your curiosity lead you down a path of wonder, surprise, and knowledge for the sheer joy of learning. May we never stop.

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A Simple Homeschool Planner.And speaking of teachers… If you’re a homeschooling family, like we are this year, I recently created something you might like. I wanted a simple, clutter-free homeschooling planner, and I’ve made it available for purchase for $4. Head here to see it, along with a coupon code valid for a few days.

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  1. Are you going to share why you chose to homeschool this year? I’m curious!

  2. I loved this post! It’s so true how slow and in the moment kids can be.

    How did we ever get so busy and distracted.

    My daughter, who is 3 has taught me a lot lately about tuning into the immediate surroundings.

    Sure it takes an hour to go a half mile sometimes, but the stuff we notice and talk about is worth every minute.

  3. I love this. My children are a constant reminder to live in the moment. And I am amazed at the questions they ask that I would never think to ask. {And as a teacher, I love the reminder to always be learning… a great attitude to cultivate as we transition to back-to-school season!}

  4. Thanks for the reminder. I haven’t quite switched gears from summer harvest to school. These gentle posts are helping!

  5. Just this morning I was running, and pushing my 10-month-old son in his jogging stroller, and he started to cry. Once I got him out he stopped crying immediately, and just started pointing at everything around us in awe.

    When I put him back in and kept running, he cried again, and I got frustrated since I wanted to keep running. I wish I had stopped more to just walk with him in my arms and let him be curious, instead of running so fast and missing the beauty. What a metaphor for life!

    Thanks so much for this reminder to let go of our check lists and be curious.

  6. Thanks for this needed reminder. We are in the thick of slow-going with our nearly two (5 more days!) year old, but his leisurely pace really helps us notice things we would normally just pass by–he proved that time and time again on a recent hike.

  7. Loved this. With two little ones, 3 and 2, it’s busy and I forget to slow down and learn with them.

    And I ‘flipped’ through the planner, it looks awesome, what a gift to homeschooling moms! I may have wanted to get it just to use with my 3 year old….it looks really great.

  8. There are days where I wonder why my children don’t play by themselves more.
    But if I look closely, I have to confess that they often ask for this kind of free and imaginary play when I’d rather would go on and get going,
    I learned that I need to follow them and their rhythm to see more of the magical childhood moments…. and you can never have enough of those, right?

  9. Thanks for this. I’m taking a blogging break for a few weeks because there are just too many major life changes/decisions being made around our house and I need to process. One of them is the choice to homeschool both daughters next year (6th and 8th grades). Your post and helps are well timed!

  10. The planner is lovely- thank you! It will come in handy as I figure out what I’m doing…we will be starting our homeschool adventure with a Kindergartner this year, and I love that I can personalize and just print what I need from your planner.

    And those historical markers…I always plan to look them up later and then never do. I guess I ought to just start stopping when I see them- I’m always curious! Thanks for a timely reminder. :-)

  11. Thank you for this reminder – perfect timing, for in this season of my life I have been exhaustedly rushing from one to-do to another and missing so many precious moments with my 3-year old and 5-month old. I’ve printed a copy of this for my bathroom mirror, so I may be reminded daily until I can live and breathe this thought without thinking.

  12. So awesome that I find your blog today as I just finished blogging about something so similar. I am starting our homeschooling adventure with my kindergarten daughter in just a few days. Thanks for the tip to take things slowly AND the awesome planner.

  13. Hi Tsh, I just had to tell you . .. I smiled this morning as I was organizing your homeschool planner I’d downloaded into an old three ring binder- that was filled with your daily docket and household organizing printables from 2008! I thought again about how thankful I am for blogs such as yours, how helpful and inspiring it is. Over the years as I have followed your blog it seems my family has grown and changed in many similar ways. I have appreciated your work and enjoyed following your journey. Thanks!

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