Tuesday, January 4, 2011
A New Year ~ A New Quarter
Everyone has their own style of blogging. I like to keep mine fairly focused on fiber and folk art which are my two passions. Yet, like most women, I wear multiple hats. Most often it's a wide brimmed mom/wife hat. Sometimes, it's a lovely, woolen chapeau. More recently, it's an educator's cap.
Over the past few days, I've been reading my favorite blogs. Many of them have featured year end retrospectives or resolutions for 2011. Meanwhile, my blog has been at a standstill. Where have I been? I've been in the middle of this picture, surrounded by teaching materials and planning the third quarter of school for my fifth grader.
Yes, for me the beginning of the new year meant it was time to prepare for a new quarter of teaching my son. It was two years ago that our student/teacher relationship began. Happily, people tend to be more supportive of the choice to homeschool these days. I rarely even get asked why, but if your curious, it's mostly because the way he learns deviates from what is considered the standard or the "norm" in public school. Of course this standard has become so narrow, it's not hard to become an anomaly. What it really boils down to, is that he is a highly artistic, visual learner who processes information best in a one-on-one, creative environment. That's what he needs, so that's what I give him.
I'm not sure what inspired me to share this personal tidbit with you today. I guess it's mostly because teaching has become a big part of my life and more specifically, my chief focus for the past week. I like sharing a bit of myself from time to time, even if it makes me feel a little vulnerable. It's my way of reaching out and connecting with other moms, bloggers, teachers, dyers, crocheters, spinners, womankind, humankind. There is comfort to be found in these connections. For that, I am very grateful!
A belated Happy New Year to you all!