If I’d known then, what I know now..Document, document, document!
4 things I wish I’d done as soon as we started unschooling are:
1. Written in a journal every day
I wish I’d started blogging, even privately, about our learning adventures while we were in the middle of them. (I also wish I’d done this from day one. No baby book in our house!) I did some scrapbooking and haphazard journaling but it doesn’t capture all those wonderful moments. And those things I thought I would never forget? Well, I’m glad for the photos we have, but I wish I’d written the details.
2. Written down every book I read
I am a voracious reader. I have wide interests, so reading was both a form of research and pursuing specific answers as well as an introduction to completely new topics. Browsing the new book shelves at the library and bringing home a huge stack of whatever caught my eye has always been a pleasure. I wish I had a list.
3. Kept track of all the resources and research I did that could be easily accessed and shared at a later date
I get so mad at myself! Because I didn’t have a system established, I don’t have all that wonderful information at my fingertips when I want to share it. I don’t always have the time to do the research again. I still struggle in these areas. I am working on doing better, but this is a work in progress for me.
4. Worried less, enjoyed more
I could have spent so much less time worrying and more energy having fun with living. Documenting can help reduce the worry because suddenly you can see the evidence of how much learning is happening even when you are not thinking about planning to learn. Focus on love, not fear.
How about you:
Do have things you wish you had known when you…?
Do you keep a journal? Do your kids?
Do you keep track of books, movies, …?
How do you organize and track research and resources?
Please share your experience in the comments! Thanks, Lisa