As I am waiting to see if the Thing that Might Happen is going to happen and my fall will be planned out for me, I am doing some reading, freewriting, getting my head back into a more contemplative space.
One of the things I knew I would miss about homeschooling are those long, discursive conversations that were the heart of our homeschool day (along with MATH). I realized last week that these are important parts of our lives, not just homeschool lives, and that I am going to have to simply be more intentional about it and to make time.
Don’t get me wrong – they talk all the time, no matter what, but what dropped out of the picture with school were those conversations inspired by learning something new, by observing and doing.
So last Friday or Saturday, I pulled out the laptop and returned, for the first time in a while, to The Kids Should See This with the younger son, which then led to watching several “Primitive Technology” videos with the older one who had wandered in and was just fascinated. Slowly but surely….
Then at some point over the weekend, older son figured that he could beat me in Bananagrams in a way not quite possible for him in Scrabble, so that became an obsession
We spent time on the front porch watching hummingbirds at war and talking about that and whatever it inspired.
Last night, I had younger son “enrich” his homework by a little extra reading on heat transfer…I bought these books, they are going to be used!!!
…and reading about today’s saint – and his school’s patron – St. Rose of Lima.
As for me, still reading The Good Companions.
Walked four miles yesterday, and listened to an excellent In Our Time on the invention of photography. Oh, I had forgotten – the episode on Blake’s Songs of Innocence and Experience was superb. Blake’s background was ably explored and his process of writing and producing these volumes explained in helpful detail – he printed and colored each individually, so of course, not many copies were produced, and for that reason, the work was not that well known during his lifetime. It was only decades later, with the interest of the Pre-Raphaelites , that he became more widely known.
A bit of Snapchat (amywelborn2) on the walk.
And that’s life for right now…reading, writing, cooking, talking, watching Hummingbird Death Matches. Oh, and driving. Lots of driving.