First thing that comes to mind it’s doing something for our own education as CM prescribed. And it happens that some of us are going to see Hamlet. A friend who is going to watch it asks if it’s based on actual historical events, and since I don’t know either, I’ll link to wikipedia and read later myself.
Then comes a question about if there is time or no time for breaks after 6 weeks. And I read the comment of a friend who says that if we don’t stop some things at times, if we don’t make time for the park, nature, traditions, celebrations, visits, etc., the “other stuff” does not happen. I think, dear friend, you should keep those breaks and special times as moments to look forward, and work with the knowledge that those breaks will come. If you (though I’m talking about me), keep falling behind, you are again trying to chew more than you can eat. She also desires to do some poetry for the upcoming season, as well as some seasonal reads. That’s my plan, dear friend. I’m going to plan a holiday term, just because we have almost never had one. When the girls were younger, I used to do more of those holiday readings, and some spontaneous and joyful things such as watching a movie together, baking, writing our blessings on cut out leaves and hanging them, gingerbread houses, etc. But ever since we started our lesson years, the amount of things I wanted them to have (based on what I saw others do), started to be daunting. See?, I don’t know where to draw that line of how much to “cover”, or how long to “stretch it”. I know I have to teach my child, not a curriculum, but when we veer so much from the average path, I start doubting myself, and I put the blame on them, and ON ME.
I don’t have all the answers, I wish I could know how or what others do to solve this conundrum of not being able to have that nice feeling of completion and progress towards more responsibilities, more independence, more care and more expressions of this education’s fruits. I wish I knew how others do it to have children who respond so well to the feast (by being motivated, by loving and appreciating what they see, listen to, what they read). I speak from the outcast side. We are still working on finding a balance, finding a good proportionate schedule that challenges without crashing, that respects their pace and maintains rigor and discipline, that does not spoil the children but still provides with joy and spark. But all I can say it’s that YOU have inspired me today with your questions. I see that we both (and maybe others who experience this in similar ways), need to slow down even more, and not fear.
Oh, how wonderful this season will be. I invite you to join me in making this 2015 Thanksgiving and Christmas time a memorable one. I’m finishing this post bursting with joy and wanting to write 10 other posts about some wonderful things that have been going on at home, and the many more that are to come, and my renewed commitment to taking some planning time next week, and rethinking our terms, and planning for a wonderful Thanksgiving/Christmas term.