Sorry for the long break. It’s been holidays here and I have been too busy enjoying life with my kids to sit down and write about it! Here is a snapshot of some of the things we got up to:
After I was hospitalised over Easter I decided to extend my planned break from school from a few days to a whole week. I needed the rest and the neighbourhood kids were all on holidays too so it was great for my kids to get out and scoot up and down the street with them, and play together in the woods on the edge of our street.
As is often the case when you create an environment rich in resources and a culture of learning and exploration, I kept happening upon lovely little moments of discovery. Like when I walked into the lounge a few days after watching this video of artist Pontus Jansson balancing rocks on each other to create art, to see this happening:
I love moments of quietly watching them take ideas further all on their own!
I fully intended to do school as normal the second week of the holidays (we school year round so I try to work when everywhere is crazy because school’s out and then take our breaks when it suits us and the world is sane again). But the siren call of kids playing on the street proved irresistible to my kids, and it was impossible to get them to focus on anything. We battled through with maths and writing, but it was a bit of a lost cause. My poor unsocialised home educated kids spent quite a lot of time out on the street socialising those two weeks!
Last week we finally got back into school proper, and I remembered another reason why I don’t like taking long breaks. I had all the battles all over again – “Why do we have to do school? It’s boring. Why can’t we go out and play? Why do you get to tell me what I have to do? Why do we need checkpoints? Can you write for me? It’s too hard”. Boy oh boy. I was single parenting that week as well while my husband was away, and it was pretty intense some days!
But we also had lovely moments. We did a lot of cooking. Snugglepot made a delicious coconut lemon syrup cake, and we tried our hand at homemade pasta and homemade tortillas. We made sushi, and after sampling some chestnut soup at our favourite National Trust property, and getting the recipe from the chef, Bookworm is very keen to try it out herself.
We watched lots of educational YouTube videos, read lots of good books, and had lots of good conversations. We planted seeds and watched eagerly to see which ones germinated first, and exclaimed over the differences between the tiny seedlings. We made ballerinas with paper snowflake skirts. We stayed up late to play Cluedo, and generally had a pretty good time.
I am looking forward to normal again, but every time we have weeks like that I ache to include more of that in our normal. Maybe one day I will work out how.