Plans can go wrong!
Ever had an “Oops!” in homeschooling?
I recently saw an accordion-fold timeline at Get in the Fold (a really clever, neat idea here), but she discovered her “Beautiful Oops” when the timeline space was not big enough for the project. She turned the miscalculation into a wonderful student-led challenge to make their own foldables so that their presentation would fit in the folder.
I loved her suggestions for “bouncing back from mistakes” and helping children develop confidence and problem-solving skills in their “Oops” moments:
- Respond carefully when students make mistakes.
- Share children’s books celebrating mistakes –Beautiful Oops by Barney Saltzberg and for older students, Accidents May Happen by Charlotte Jones.
- Do more open-ended projects and ask more open-ended questions.
- Share your mistakes and the lessons learned from them.
- Encourage children to share and reflect on mistakes.
So, when plans go a “pear-shaped” (yes, fruity-pun!)
let go of perfection,
and trust the Lord to lead you and your children
to discover unexpected fruitful solutions.