Today’s topic is learning. It’s one of my favourites. I love to learn new things.
I’ve always enjoyed short courses and will often purchase books to learn a new skill.
As I’ve been trawling through our junk to sell and give away I’ve come across the following things:
- A book on how to care for your budgerigar
- A book on how to care for your kitten
- A book on how to care for your puppy
- A book on how to care for your goldfish
- A book on how to care for your guinea pig (anyone noticing a pattern here?!?!)
- Printed instructions from the internet on caring for chickens
- Receipts from a course I took on how to crochet
- 3 x half finished cross-stitch patterns (complete with instructions)
- A kit for making your own coasters with personalised photos
- Certificates from several modules of a marketing course I did
- Certificates from work – Dangerous Goods training, Management training, CHEP pallet control, fire warden training, fire extinguisher training, manual handling training (all the good stuff!!!)
- Instructions on how to get the most out of doing your own tax returns
- Piles and piles of travel books, investment magazines and books, weight loss books, recipe books, share-trading books etc etc etc.
All these piles of stuff are a direct result of my love of learning.
It’s something I want my children to have picked up from me and as our life changing year approaches there are 3 things I hope my children learn while we are away.
- COMPASSION. We plan to visit many places where our children will witness first-hand how other children in the world live. I want them to understand how priveleged they are to live with clean water, food when they want it, ipods, great school facilities and no need to go out to work to support the family. I want them to think about the things they enjoy at home and the differences that others experience. I really, really want them to take these learnings into their adult lives.
- PATIENCE. No doubt our travels will include long bus trips, possibly long delays in airports, maybe a snowstorm and crazy Asian traffic jams. There will be times when we have no internet access. There may be times when we want to kill each other! Patience is a trait I would like to see cultivated in our family. I want the children to relax and understand that everything does not have to be supplied to them when they demand it! A little bit of extra patience added to Gert’s skill base would be awesome too. My husband does not like to line up if there’s more than 2 people in the queue!!
- GEOGRAPHY. Yes I know this is a weird number three after my very thoughtful first two!! But really, you have no idea how crap we are at geography. The only one who knows where any country is would be Gert and I’m convinced that knowledge is a direct result of all the travel he did as a young man. Being brought up in Europe could have something to do with it too! Since starting to research our trip I finally have an interest in learning where all the countries are. And it’s really easy to remember once you have an actual interest!! I think our travel to 20 countries will really help the kids to learn a lot more than they do. At the start of our planning I had a dodgy internet map and marvelled at how Alaska could be right next to Hawaii and have such a different climate!!! Maybe I’m not the best person to homeschool Geography!!
I could probably go on and list a dozen items I’d like us to learn on our life changing year but these are the big three. Maybe I should have added money-management to the list!!
This post is part of a 30 day project being run by bootsnall.com. I’ll be posting for the next 30 days based on the subject of the day! Check back each day for my latest bout of rambling….
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