Parenting Thoughts from the Corral {part 3}

So far in this series of posts, we’ve talked about anger vs. gentleness and leadership in our parenting.  Today we’re going to talk about setting goals and the importance of doing so.  Having a goal gives us something toward which to go and sets our trajectory. If you aren’t doing this already, what about setting some specific goals? We so often work in generalizations and then wonder why we aren’t getting where we’d like to go. In leading and educating our children, we can begin to get more specific. Write down goals, go over them, and imagine ways to implement and present new lessons (whether academic or character). There is still room to go with the flow, but especially in character lessons–life lessons, a specific goal is helpful.

Next after declaring the goal is to

By |June 24th, 2014|Parenting|5 Comments

Parenting Thoughts from the Corral {part 2}

Well, you might be interested to know that after writing that article last week, my life changed in such a way that I’ve had to put everything I wrote in that article into practice myself! We have two new puppies at our house. Are you sufficiently amused?

And here I am, trying to write about educating…educating children, and what I’ve learned through educating children, and horses, and now dogs! In all of this I want to declare that I know it is not always easy. Trying to put into practice just some of the things I shared last month has humbled me on several occasions. Yet, I still believe the principles are true, even if the ideals are high. It still seems worth pursuing a reasonable gentle, approach to educating, even if stumbling occurs and one has to get up and try again. And yes, I did stumble a few times and

By |June 17th, 2014|Parenting|7 Comments

Parenting Thoughts from the Corral {part 1}

Even though my focus of study has traditionally been on reading materials encouraging parents as they raise and teach their children, for the last six months I’ve found myself doing a lot of reading about horse training techniques. Through this study, I have discovered men and women horse owners and trainers whose number one rule is never get angry (or rather, never show anger or let it build) — and I must admit, this amazes me. If one of these trainers can’t accomplish something with their horse, or they take a spill, they don’t waste their time blaming or expressing anger with their horse, or using heavy handed methods to “teach their charge who’s boss.” Instead they just back off and quietly study the situation, trying to think of a new way to gain the horse’s trust and convince the horse to cooperate. They put their energy into trying to figure out what would help their horse understand what it needs to know to mature in its training.

While I do know that horses are not children, I seem to keep finding crossover wisdom for parents here. What if anger and irritation simply

By |June 11th, 2014|Parenting|10 Comments

Winter 25% off Sale! {ends January 24}

We’ve decided to celebrate this season by giving our FIAR families 25% off of our Winter Nature Study (66 pages) and the January/February Holiday Through the Seasons volume (22 pages)! Five in a Row has literature based units on many books set in the winter, and these studies here are perfect additions to those units or delightful stand alone activities as well!

See more about both products on our Additional Resources Page! (Sale prices will be reflected in your digital shopping cart.)

By |January 13th, 2014|Just for Fun|2 Comments

Becky Jane’s Cranberry Thanksgiving Week

I wrote this after my first Cranberry Thanksgiving “row” with my sweet Lily Jane. I thought you might enjoy it as you are planning your Thanksgiving school with your children!

For the last week, my daughter, Lily Jane, and I have been having a marvelous time rowing the Five in a Row Volume One lessons for Cranberry Thanksgiving.This is the first FIAR book we have rowed and Lily has been living and breathing pilgrim life. I thought I would share with you some of the things we’ve enjoyed together.
Of course each day began with

By |November 16th, 2013|Homeschool|0 Comments