The Gift of Goals and Enjoying Learning 

In the past year and half, Madison has Come a long way and has most recently learned to drive her learning in a whole new way…by setting goals.

She started off with long term goals and now she has evolved into short term goals as well.

Madison was thrilled when a Speech and Debate tournament opened up in our area for her age. She had completed the requirement of attending a summer camp and was ready to move forward. It is an excellent experience for her. It is also very time consuming. It is a program for public and private school students and honestly, I do not know how they do it on top of a full school day. 🙂 Regardless, Madison is enthusiastic and looks forward to working on her homework for this club everyday. She will compete in May with an informative, interpretive and an impromptu speech. She is not focused on the outcome of this tournament, just the experience of it and she is enjoying every minute.

We decided the best way to approach her speech writing was to use Dragon Speak. It has been a lifesaver for the both of us. She can say exactly what she wants to and write everything all on her own. She loves it.

This year is Madison’s last year as a Tenderheart in American Heritage Girls. Before she bridges up to become an Explorer, she has set a goal to complete 30 badges and 1 pin before the end of the year as well as earning her level award. Many of these badges meet the requirements of her interests that she is already pursuing and many are new that she wants to learn more about. Her enthusiasm to do this blows my mind. I am extremely proud of her and at the same time I am overwhelmed by how to fit it all on schedule wise. She’s determined, so I’ll just have to get over it and figure it out. 🙂

Sewing and knitting are other skills Madison has recently become interested in learning. It is a bonus that they also meet the requirements for American Heritage Girl Badges as well. My mother is an experienced seamstress and is very good at knitting and crocheting. Unfortunately she lives too far away to be able to teach Madison, so we signed up for classes at Jo-Ann fabric. Madison learned how to sew a pillow made of fleece and is continuing to work on it at home. She has 16 hearts she cut out that she is sewing on before making the actual pillow. She works on this project everyday. The knitting class is coming up soon and I can only hope it will go as well as the sewing class did. She is also working on weaving with the weaving loom she received for Christmas and she continues to work on a latch hook project as well. She loves them all and does them on her own everyday.

Madison has taken an interest in roller skating with the goal of taking lessons to gain the skills she needs to join a dance roller skating performance class. That is another recent goal she has set.

We have found a new balance between homeschooling and field trips and events. I will share those in an upcoming post and what we are doing as far as homeschool curriculum now.

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