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Learning: Letting Go

January 24, 2017

One of my biggest struggles when I scroll through Instagram are all the lovely photos of what appears to be student led/interest led learning. There are days that I struggle because I know this girl child of mine does not like school. It doesn’t matter where it happens, learning is just not her thing…unless she’s learning what she wants to learn. But still we press on and I try to motivate her by all sorts of different means. And I long for the time when I can see her delve into a subject and get excited about it.

But after finding a branch covered in bracket fungus yesterday, she has spent the morning with a microscope which then led to a nature walk to collect more lichens and fungus from the park. All of these things pushing aside our plan for the day, but bringing to real life all the things we’ve been reading in our science read aloud.

These are the days that I long for and yet when they come I’m so frustrated because my plan has been thwarted. But this is the beauty of it all and while I struggle I also learn to let go. But isn’t that life? We long for something and then when we get it we are frustrated because it disrupts our life.

I’m thankful for these slow days and slower seasons that are teaching me to set aside my plans and open up my heart and life to His.

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