"Perseverance is not a long race; it is many short races one after another."
Walter Elliott

See that crumpled piece of paper ? It was thrown to me by one of my teenage piano students yesterday. I love this student. She has a vitality and talent that is unique. Her musicality is a bright spot in my week. She has been struggling with playing scales, a "necessary evil" as she aptly described them . I'm trying to impress upon her that many little musical challenges like this, completed successfully, will make her an even better pianist.

We both got a good laugh out of her crumpled scale sheet. I told her I felt like doing that with many things in my life, and I was happy to make her another copy so we could start over and try again this week. That crumpled piece of paper got me thinking - about homeschooling. My children can have the opportunity to try and fail as many times as they want, in the safety and security of their own homes. They can learn that, as the above quote states, "Perseverance is not a long race; it is many short races one after another." They can struggle with concepts and ideas, not bullies and curriculum that just don't work for them.

I homeschool not to produce the smartest, highest achieving children in the neighborhood, but to give them solid VALUES and CHARACTER. I homeschool so they can realize their God given potential.

It's funny the things I learned from my lesson with Olivia, and her crumpled C Scale.

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