Josh’s Remember Mind (Remembering What’s Important; Notebooking)
Posted by homeschoolmentormom on July 18, 2010
NOTE: This was originally posted two years ago on my old blog, which was a part of Homeschool Enrichment Magazine’s website during the time I was their “Early Learning Columnist.” I thought it was worth reviving…with some changes.
My seven year old son Joshua has a very unique mind. He calls it his “remember mind”. He says that when he really wants to remember something, he puts it in his remember mind. Once it is there, he will never forget it. He also has a “un-remember mind”–sort of like a big garbage bin where he permanently dumps things he doesn’t need to remember (or doesn’t want to).
If only his “remember mind’ was for real, and not just a figment of his over-active imagination. If only we could have remember minds, too! But we can’t even seem to remember the things that are most important to us–such as why we chose to homeschool, what the most important parts of our home life and homeschool truly are, and how greatly the Lord has blessed us. Day to day life crowds out so many things we should bear in mind everyday—every hour.
Having a “un-remember mind” would be just as helpful. By utilizing our “UN-remember” minds, we could live a more joyous life. We could forget to worry about our constant doubts and questions such as “will our children have gaps?” or “am I doing enough?” or “how can I possibly get it all done?” Instead, we could concentrate on the here and now—just doing the next thing that needs to be done, and keeping the main thing the main thing. (Forgetting our failures? I suppose that would be too much to ask for…after all, we learn so much through those difficult experiences.)
Even though I’ve been a Christian since early childhood, married for 24 years, a mom for twenty years, and a homeschooling mom for 14 years, I still have been unable to train my mind to work like a “remember mind” should. I often forget the most important things, and worry too much about the things I should forget about. You’d think I’d have home life and homeschooling down pat by now, but I don’t. I need a remember mind…and a “un-remember mind”…and I need them fast!
Notes to Help with Your “Remember Mind”:
There are things we can do to develop our “remember minds”. It’s a good idea to start a special notebook (or two) to act as our “remember minds” (Cindy Rushton calls hers a “brain in a binder.”) Here are some ideas for your notebooks, taken from mine:
*Write down the reasons you have chosen to homeschool. That way, when you have a difficult day (or week, or month), you can look back on your reasons and be encouraged.
*Write down some short and long term goals for your family. Start with spiritual and character goals. That way, when you get discouraged, you can review your goals. Usually you’ll find that you are meeting your most important goals.
*Make your own Bible notebook. I use mine to record important sermon notes, notes from Bible studies, Bible verses that are special to me, encouraging quotes and sayings, and so on. You can make one for your children, too (ages 9+).
*Make your own prayer notebook. In it, record who you are praying for, when you started praying for them, and answers received.
*Make a household notebook. Write down your housekeeping routines, important phone numbers, menu plans, etc. To get you started, investigate flylady.net. You can find her notebook suggestions HERE (she calls hers a “control journal.”) You can also find great pages for your control journal/school planning journal at Donna Young’s site.
Wonderful links for journaling/notebooking for moms:
Setting up your Bible journal, from a Holy Experience
Journaling as a spiritual discipline, also from A Holy Experience
Bible notebooks for children:
Young children can include coloring pages and Bible copywork; older children can use their notebooks very much as adults would.
Bible Scribe— (to purchase); kids draw and write on these pre-made Bible notebook pages
More Notebooking pages to buy (or just glean ideas from)
Calvary Bible Coloring pages: A page to color for every major story in the Bible
Ignite the Fire: Lists single sentence summaries or titles for each book of the Bible—awesome for children and adults.
For the Inspired Mom: Tons of links and ideas for making your own “brain in a binder” that will help you organize your homeschool, your home, your goals, and your life.
Use these tools to help you make the main thing the main thing!
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