Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Keeping Up With the Wesleys

Have you ever had one of those "A-ha!" moments with your kids?  You know, the kind where, after the years of teaching, coaxing, training, yanking up your kids in the way they should go (if necessary), you finally see the fruit of your labor in one area or another?  Well, we had one of those moments this morning at breakfast!
Picture all of us sitting around the breakfast table talking our way around the map and all of the favorite places we'd like to visit.  As conversations normally go, rabbit trails took us to this, that and the other til we landed on the famous Wesley family.  I commented that I would LOVE to have an interesting (read that, not dry) biography of Susanna Wesley.  I hold her in high regard seeing as she bore 19 children, suffered the loss of a few of those children and yet still managed to churn out two very notable goldy men in Charles and John Wesley.
At this point, AMS, added to the conversation by sharing with the little ones her own interesting facts about the Wesleys.  It was a real "A-ha!" moment for all of us "big people" because I don't think any of us expected AMS to have retained such minutiae from her World History course this past year, most especially AMS!  (Side note for those wondering, the curriculum she used was ABeka's World History course for Jr. High.)  I mean, how many times during the year have we heard from the big kids, "When am I ever going to use this?"

What a truly blessed breakfast we had today, to see firsthand some of the fruits of our homeschooling labor so beautifully packaged in natural conversation!

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