I can't believe it's time. I'm leaving in 4 days. I'm glad I'll be able to continue posting about my journey with leadership education on this blog. I have so enjoyed the past year with Kim and her family! They have truly been a blessing in my family's life. We are lucky that she takes the time to post her thoughts and experiences with TJEd on here. She's a great example to all of us. She inspires me to be better. Thanks Kim.
Whew! I've got a few tears going, which is inevitable isn't it? I can't believe how much my life has changed in the past 15 months since I first read A Thomas Jefferson Education by Oliver DeMille. My educational paradigm has completely shifted! I've gone from attempting to duplicate public school at home, to recognizing the phases of learning that my children are going through and realizing the importance of myself as a mentor and an example. That change has been the difference between night and day around our home.
You could ask my children. They look forward to and love learning. "School" has a totally different meaning now. Each child has different strengths and we work with those. Sam loves to fill in workbooks. Josh prefers a more hands-on approach. Jacob needs time to read and study on his own.
I am so thankful for the change that TJEd has made in our home, and not just educationally. Have you tried doing your 6 month inventories or holding FEC yet? It will completely change your family. I promise. After you spend that kind of time focusing on your children and spouse, you won't look at those you love the same way again.
I've been a part of a some really great groups the past year. I can't explain how heartsick I am that I won't be able to participate this year! If you are in the area and have a chance to attend the Leadership Education Colloquium , I would highly recommend it. And your youth can really benefit from the Young Statesmen's Book Club. The Young Knights Club was an absolute blast! Thanks to all of you who contributed to these great experiences.
I'd like to encourage you to continue with your own leadership education journey, however it works in your life. I highly recommend the DeMille's new book entitled Leadership Education, The Phases of Learning as a starting point. Good luck! Leave some comments along the way... I'd love to hear how you are all doing!