1) follow-through 2) ‘fore & aft 3) freebie 4) FAQ & 5) favorite fiction
~ follow-through ~
One more week, then testing, then we’re off! We can do it. I am looking forward to our June break, but it is already looking short. :)
However, I had a mom’s day out last Saturday with my former college roommate and still good friend, Elly. We spent the day walking and chatting and drinking and eating (and taking about 50 flights of stairs – I should have gotten a picture of that!).
~ ‘fore & aft ~
~ Capturing the context of contentment in everyday life ~
Cleaning the stovetop is frustrating to me. I don’t like glass top ranges, but I had finally built in the habit of wiping it off right away when I had a spill and cleaning it regularly. I felt like I was pretty on top of the stovetop at last. Then we moved and I had a gas range. As far as cooking goes, it’s so much better – faster, hotter, easier to control. But when it comes to cleaning it is impossible. Because of the deep, long grates, wiping spills down right away is just not feasible.
Or is it? Can anyone tell me some super stovetop secret? What am I missing?
Oops, again I’m missing the after. There actually was a sparkling after when I finally wiped up the last of the baking soda and vinegar Pinterest-inspired “solution.”
But then the next morning a child made oatmeal for breakfast.
Being able to get more steps outside while the kids do breakfast on their own?
~ freebie ~
It’s time for another fun, free planning chat! This time Amy Roberts from Raising Arrows will be joining me on May 16 at 1pm Pacific – and I hope you can join also!
We’ll talk large family logistics as well as attitude adjustments and planning rest into the schedule. She’s currently expecting #9, so she has a wealth of experience and information on these topics. If you’ve not met Amy before, check out her podcast interviews on Cultivating the Lovely and Homeschool Snapshots.
Click the button to register and join us (or at least get the replay):
May 16, 2016
1pm Pacific / 4pm Eastern
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~ FAQ ~
I received yet another question about year-round homeschooling – who knew that concept would generate so much angst? :) I love the rhythm, but it’s not a cure-all or a magical solution. It’s not right for everyone.
This question is from a mom with all 6-and-unders.
I was so excited to try your 6 weeks on, then break week plan, but that doesn’t really make sense anymore. I feel like I’ve lost a bit of direction suddenly. I thought to myself “I wonder how Mystie would plan if she was in my position?” So I thought I’d just ask you! What would you do? I feel like this is a golden opportunity to get into some good habits (for myself and the children) but I can’t nail anything down. I feel weirdly aimless, even though I know in my head this is good, fruitful work. Sitting on the steps while my kids play in the garden, or reading picture books somehow feels less important than a Maths lesson. ;-)
Oh, but it isn’t. :) Instead of thinking about school calendars and curriculums, think about habits with the term-system. I do this even for myself and call it Interval Planning. I think planning and working in short chunks helps clarify that weirdly aimless feeling, which I am familiar with and which I detest. :)
~ favorite fiction ~
I finished Daughter of Time by Josephine Tey. It was a great story, a well-written history-disguised-as-fiction story. However, it was a tough pill for me to swallow. I love Shakespeare’s Richard III, I love the Tudor period in England, and I have read all about the Henry and Richard sagas over the years. I have even, a number of times, tried to dig into and comprehend The War of the Roses. (I’m not sure comprehension is really possible there).
Tey makes a fascinating case that Richard was falsely accused and given all the bad press after his death, but was loved and a perfect model of (legitimate) kingship during his short reign.
A number of years ago I read Allison Weir’s The Princes in the Tower. I don’t remember any details, but she examined the historical records (like the account books and all that which Tey claims her characters are researching) and the cases made by the Richard Rehabilitation crowds and came to the verdict that Richard was most likely guilty.
After reading this novel I want to revisit her non-fiction again and see if she specifically addresses any of the supposed evidence proposed in the novel.
Any Anglophiles here? What’s your take on Richard III?