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Teachable Moments

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You know, just because you take a summer vacation from school (and you should) doesn’t mean that you get a break from teaching. In fact, the best learning takes place when you’re not doing school. It comes in the form of everyday lessons learned from teachable moments.

Just so there is no misunderstanding, I am NOT talking about contrived teachable moments that look and smell like school in disguise, “Let’s go out into the back yard and play … and while we’re there we’ll draw pictures of what we see and then discuss it.” Yuck.

What I’m talking about is the argument over who gets to pour the lemonade at the lemonade stand, the messes that need to be cleaned up, and the moments when someone is crying, stung, or afraid of the thunder and lightning. It is in those moments that we get unplanned opportunities for teaching.

By the way, you’re teaching all the time as your children watch how you love your spouse, your children, and your neighbors. Those are especially life-impacting lessons.

Don’t miss these because you’re too busy getting your stuff done, thinking about the next school year, or keeping things clean. Enjoy the break, your children, and all those wonderful teachable moments.

Be real (what a great lesson),


NOTE – I’m still trying to fill my Fall Speaking Loop and here’s how it’s shaping up:

I have an open slot on Sunday Oct. 12th in or around Dallas/Fort Worth. Also I’ll be around Houston the 13-14th. I also have some time between New Orleans and the Florida Panhandle/Jacksonville, FL (Tallahassee anyone?) around the 16-18th.

If you’d like me to speak to your homeschool group and you live around those areas, let me know . I’d love to see if we can make it work.


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It’s the little moments that seem to most often spring to life and bring wonder and joy to our days. Whether they come delivered on the wings of a sparrow in the backyard or on the sparkling edge of a soap bubble, they reach into the daily routine and leave us changed.

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