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RAR #208: Which Direction Should You Go? Determining Your Summer Compass

RAR #208: Which Direction Should You Go? Determining Your Summer Compass

Update: 2022-06-021
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Summer is almost here.









And probably, you have things you'd like to do this season. Maybe lots of things! (Perhaps ... too many things? 😬)









Not to fear! In this episode, the RAR Leadership Team is back to share an easy tool for determining your direction this summer.









In this episode, you'll hear:







  • how setting a compass will help us this summer
  • why (in homeschooling) a compass is more helpful than a map
  • questions to ask yourself as you choose your own direction








Click the play button below or scroll down to keep reading.























Feeling Lost







Have you ever been lost? I have … more than once. 









The time that comes to mind for me today, though, is when my husband and I were on an anniversary trip to Port Townsend in Washington. The grandparents had the kids and we were just the two of us for 3 days – a rare treat. 









Now, if you give Andrew and I a couple of days to ourselves, and I can nearly guarantee you that we will do the following no matter where we are:









  • sleep in late
  • visit a local bookstore
  • enjoy a nice dinner or two
  • hike








Oh, the hikes! We love hiking, and on this particular trip, we were hiking in Fort Worden State Park.

















We parked the car and made a beeline for the water, because Fort Worden is on on the northeastern side of the Olympic Peninsula, right on Puget Sound.









Our plan was to hike around the peninsula -- 3.6 miles, for the record, then head back to our hotel, shower and get dressed up to go to a fancy dinner out.









Except.









We did indeed hike along the peninsula. And then we kept going...









We ended up hiking hours further than we meant to, and by the time we realized we were not at all on the course we had set out on, we were well outside the state park.

















Did I mention it was getting dark? Yes. That too.









In the end, we hiked 8 miles, and given we had not packed for such a hike, we were tired, thirsty, and our feet were killing us. We had zero interest in going out to a fancy restaurant. All we wanted to do was fall into bed with exhaustion.

















Why We Need a Compass







A map would have been helpful, to be sure. But do you know what else would have been helpful?









A compass.









We generally think of a map as a set of directions.









A compass doesn’t give us a set of directions. It does, however, point us in the right direction. And that can be just as good ... maybe even better.









When it comes to homeschool planning, a compass is more useful than a set of directions.









After all, a set of directions gives you ONE WAY to get to where you want to go, but...









...what happens when a road is closed,

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RAR #208: Which Direction Should You Go? Determining Your Summer Compass

RAR #208: Which Direction Should You Go? Determining Your Summer Compass

Sarah Mackenzie