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Step Back and Really See - Issue 207
July 01, 2011
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This week One of the highlights was seeing Daniel’s face after he had spent time with his dad in the workshop. He was so excited to show his siblings his completed wood project. After a while I saw him lift his box and give it a good sniff…. He said, “Smell this mum – wood!” (in hallowed tones!) It is such a joy to be able to give our children activities that delight their soul.
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Step Back and Really See
This is a post from my blog archives though here is a lesson well worth being reminded of.
Yesterday we got together with a few other homeschooling families. We started our morning with a lesson on Flexibility (using Character First). Interestingly enough, we had all experienced a change of plans that very morning which gave us a great starting point to discuss flexibility.
Over the next few months we are going to spend time with our kids teaching them the games we remember playing in the playground - Skipping (with long rope) & Elastics were last month’s choice, Jacks and Knucklebones are this months.
Between the 3 families we had 9 kids of playing age. I paired them up with a younger and older and we showed them how to play Jacks. I then went around each pair to make sure that everyone was doing okay. The younger ones were all having difficulty so I set them a little practice pattern - breaking down the whole picking-up-the-Jack-thing to achievable steps. Catching the ball, touching the ground and catching the ball, pick up Jack and catch the ball. We allowed the littlies to either catch in two hands or pull it to their bodies.
Once they all were having a good time the mums stepped back into the kitchen for another cuppa! It was at this time that I saw what was really going on. This is what I saw:
The only thing I didn’t see was a willingness to stop practicing when someone wanted a partner to play a game. And thinking of it now, I should have pointed that out to a few of the older ones and given them a chance to respond from their heart.
The lesson I learnt, as the mother, is how easy it is to get caught up in the activity and miss seeing what is really going on. We were playing Jacks and Knucklebones but what was really going on was an opportunity to relate to others with character and love.
I wonder what other opportunities am I missing because I don’t step back and see?
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