"To live content with small means;
to seek elegance rather than luxury,
and refinement rather than fashion;
to be worthy, not respectable,
and wealthy, not rich;
to study hard, think quietly,
talk gently, act frankly;
to listen to stars and birds,
to babes and sages, with open heart;
to bear all cheerfully, do all bravely,
await occasions, hurry never.
In a word, to let the spiritual,
unbidden and unconscious,
grow up through the common.
This is to be my symphony."
- William Henry Channing
I have read many times that one of the best rewards of homeschooling is watching your kids reach a milestone. And today that is just what Nicholas did! He finished his first reading book. What is most significant to me is the transformation that has taken place since September: from a very reluctant reader to one who begs "Mom, can we do our reading first today?" Wow!
I am so proud of you, Nicholas! Oh, the places reading will take you!