Like Julie, I didn't worry on adding minutes or hours in a week toward a "carneige unit credit" on this. I interpreted MFW's intent in different ways than that method. I interpreted at it as an opportunity to encourage my child to be part of stuff other than school and hanging with friends. I saw it as opportunity to bless others and lay a foundation for what I hope will be a life long joy to help others.
I got the impression that MFW wants them to be involved weekly and I like that idea, but there are so many other ways to do it.
again, I see the weekly check box as encouragement, not a locked in the box way of thinking. I see it as an opportunity to become involved on a regular basis so that it becomes part of life, not a monkey on your back to deal with out of dread or grades.
don't worry on it if it is less than 36 hours total.. ok? Is it becoming part of who they are? it's a reminder in the plans that this is something you get to do to help and do more than just hang on facebook with your friends.
It could be a few big projects. It could be small everyday lifestyle things. I'd encourage you to see it as not part of "you have to do this or you get a bad grade"... don't go there. This is a part of something on a chart each week to help you think beyond "have to " and instead is there to help "do" instead of dream or wish.
make it a life long goal....... not a grade or part of carneige unit.. I dont' care what MFW says on the chart on it. I mean.. yes, if they fall behind in reading and you feel like you want to give extra credit for stuff... but... see the real goal in it...
I hope that comes across the way I mean it....
sewardmom wrote:I interpret it that way too as far as the bigger than myself to serve others vision of life.
BUT...When I see the 'check box' though I think... maybe we should've done it differenly, but then I realize that legalism is crouching there..for me anyway!
So much room to grow... thanks Ladies.
I know MFW didn't intend it that way. they are just trying to encourage teens to find ways to grow and giving us a little reminder each week to try again if we forgot last week or couldn't.
I just meant in terms of their suggestion/recommendation for assigning a "grade" in a course that will be treated by colleges as elective that I don't care how MFW lists it. wanted to clarify that sentence I wrote. I think the work is there in readings and participation in church to assign legit credit even if you only do 10 hours of service projects or even less....
((hugs)) and prayers for the struggle and tug o war that we all face in stuff like this where it's growing time but not monkey on back or legalism. I sometimes feel that way about my personal Bible reading... especially this year with our Sunday school class and keeping up with the chronological readings of whole Bible.... it really became a snare for me in the month of April....