Tomorrow we have a birthday to celebrate. The girls are very excited, preparing a cake, wrapping presents…
We finished Kidnapped yesterday. A book that had a horrid reception, ended up being a loved and cherished book. My husband asked if there was a second part, 🙂
You see? It’s very hard to cut on some books, that’s why the clever thing it’s to be very careful before we open them and read the first pages!
All this decluttering talk, and my rambles about how tight we are, how stressed I am, etc., is making me sound at the verge of a nervous breakdown. I’m at a critical moment in regards to our lessons, yes, but I think it’s all for the best, and the prospect of planning our next year has me very excited.
After 4 years of using Ambleside Online, it maybe the case I have finally understood it is a road-map we may have to adjust to our children. I have been learning and delivering lessons at the same time, and that is why, I believe, I have tried to follow everything as it was, because I had to see the components and read the books to understand, to believe in all this. Now it’s not that I know it all. I have to keep looking ahead, but I the bit of experience I have it’s helping me to understand that I can take my own decisions, that I can leave out somethings and add others.
Having each of my daughters in a different historical year, or adding certain practices in year four for my oldest are not where the difficulty resides. What I need to address is to have a good proportion and understanding of the readings that are in each girl’s challenge area, those they can each do independently, and consider all the reading done by mom and specially there, keep it reasonable. We could have been fine with 2 Shakespeare plays and 2 Plutarch’s instead of 3. I could have even done 1 Shakespeare and keep the retellings for the other months that come up with my 2nd daughter, and even cut the retellings too since both are merging to originals, considering we always do a retelling before the original… is this making more sense? I would have also read Christiana (which we have almost finished and we started after last year’s Pilgrims Progress), in two, not one year, since both listen to it. I should have dropped one Hollings book for each, since I am now reading Hillyer for both and my youngest listened to and remembered Tree in the Trail (I could have offered that one for her as a free read…) See? I’m excited about the details and this planning thing.
This is it for today! (Thanks for caring and listening).