Our oldest son, Maguire, loves to hunt with his Grandpa Clark. Last month was deer season here in Northern Michigan, and Maguire absolutely could not wait. As the date got closer, he got more and more excited. This year, the plan was for him to spend a few nights at his grandparents’ house and spend the days out in the deer blind.
As the week of deer season began, Carrie sat down with Maguire and made a list of the schoolwork that would need to be successfully completed before he could go hunting (we homeschool). She listed out every assignment for each day of that week, and it was no easy week. Their teacher, Carrie, is tough. She has these kids doing complicated algebra along with studying Supreme Court cases and reading The Grapes of Wrath. Maguire would be heading over to his grandparents’ house on a Thursday night, so all of his work would need to be done by Thursday afternoon. That meant he had four days to do five days worth of schoolwork.
He finished everything by Tuesday afternoon.
Our son, who usually pushes the envelope on getting assignments turned in on time, finished a full five days worth of schoolwork in two days.
Not only did he finish it, but it was all done well. We were impressed.
The following two weekends were also a good time for him to hunt, so the same requirement applied. If he wanted to go hunting, he’d need to finish his schoolwork before he left. Each time, his work was done with a couple days to spare.
It is amazing how much one person can accomplish when that one person is motivated by something.
Maguire pushed through and got his schoolwork done because he was motivated by a hunting trip. Maguire did more than we ever thought possible because he really wanted to hunt. There is something to be said for having a goal and working hard to accomplish it. I think the sad thing is that most of the time we don’t bother to set a goal in the first place, or we don’t reward ourselves for our achievements. Maguire did though, and he sure followed through! He achieved the goal of finishing his schoolwork early which was rewarded by hunting.
Now our kids are working toward Christmas vacation. Carrie has given them a list of all of the assignments that must be completed before Christmas break. Once they are finished, Christmas break starts.
I cannot wait to see how soon Christmas break will begin!
All the best,
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