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Rethinking Failure

Recently I've shared with some of my homeschool "failures" like literature analysis and nature studies. I didn't even mention art and Washington State history! Everyone feels like they have failed at some points. I think it may be an issue with motherhood in general: a chronic feeling of guilt.

Now that my kids have graduated from homeschool, I can see that these "failures" weren't really failures at all. Many times it was me adjusting my homeschool to meet the learning style of my children. I perceived them as failures because I wasn't able to get them to love learning by meeting MY learning style. Love of learning came when I met THEIR learning style. Now with my 20/20 hindsight, I can say that I didn't "fail" at literature analysis, nature studies, art, or state history. Instead, I adjusted the way I taught to match my children's way of learning - and that is a success.

Someday when you are looking back on your homeschool, you may find that some of your "failures" were actually successes as well! Just something to think about the next time you're feeling guilty....

Blessings,

Lee

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Comments 3

Guest - Lee (website) on Thursday, 10 November 2011 09:38

Constance,
Here are some article that may help you with grading:
http://www.thehomescholar.com/how-to-assign-grades-without-grading.php
and
http://www.thehomescholar.com/high-school-english-a-grouch-free-guide-to-grading.php
And no, it's not a failure that your children want grades and you don't like grading
Blessings,
Lee

Constance, Here are some article that may help you with grading: http://www.thehomescholar.com/how-to-assign-grades-without-grading.php and http://www.thehomescholar.com/high-school-english-a-grouch-free-guide-to-grading.php And no, it's not a failure that your children want grades and you don't like grading :) Blessings, Lee
Guest - constance (website) on Thursday, 10 November 2011 09:35

My older kids want grades. I hate grading. What can I do? I would rather put them in a class and let someone else grade them , Is this failure or giving up?

My older kids want grades. I hate grading. What can I do? I would rather put them in a class and let someone else grade them , Is this failure or giving up?
Guest - Linda Adair on Tuesday, 12 October 2010 16:03

Beautiful! I needed to hear that...thank you.

Beautiful! I needed to hear that...thank you.
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