Nov 18, 2015

Law of the Harvest

"Men cannot really long rest content with mediocrity once they see excellence is within their reach." ~Thomas S. Monson
I just wanted to share a quick update of how our new homeschool approach is working in our home right now. 

Today, as my 8 year old daughter showed me her finished copywork assignment, I couldn't help but take notice and praise her for her improved penmanship. She is progressing! Each day, each week, each scripture, she is becoming better.

Today's copywork

It is a JOY to watch!

Seeing her beautiful handiwork reminded me how vital the law of the harvest is in my homeschooling efforts. As much as we might wish it could be so, we cannot learn by just watching alone! And osmosis is not a realistic learning style... We must try, experiment, work, fail, and try again.

This month's growing

The harvest I am most excited about this Fall has been in our singing time.

We are working together as a family to learn a new song each week with a goal to record them all on a CD for the kids' great-grandmother as a Christmas present. She has been asking us to record some songs for her for many years, and we are FINALLY accomplishing this through our daily singing. 

This has been one of the most rewarding examples of the law of the harvest at work that we have ever seen in our family! As we learn the songs, we are recording them, and will compile them into one playlist to burn on a CD for our sweet grandma. We have learned and refined one new song a week. 

Here is a list of the songs we've learned this Fall:
  1. "All Creatures of Our God and King"
  2. "In the Garden"
  3. "Homeward Bound" (We did that one for two weeks.)
  4. "In the Highways"
  5. "Alice Blue Gown"
  6. "Country Roads"
  7. "Lead, Kindly Light"
We will not be recording all of these, and have others we already know that are on our recording list. We also have more to learn, and we are enjoying our music time together each day.

It thrills me to no end that we are finally-- FINALLY-- singing together on a regular basis! And we have learned all these songs just by singing for a few minutes every day, adding a new song each week. 

(Once we get all of our songs recorded and uploaded to SoundCloud, I will post a link here on the blog.) 

It's AMAZING how that law of the harvest works; drop by drop, day by day, inch by inch, song by song. ♫ 

Happy growing, friends!

Love, Rachel