Back to school after 5 weeks off!
We survived and got back on track with only a few tears and bumps. With motivation to get out and play in the new snow, the kids hunkered down, moved through their checklists, and did good work (because not-good work means staying in to make it good).
It helped that we only did review math for this week and there were no literature class assignments.
It’s been a good week, but I’m tired!
We gave Hans and Jaeger Kindle Fires for Christmas, which we like for several reasons:
- The parental controls are specific and customizable enough to block internet browsing but not apps we load.
- Trello (where we keep our school checklists) has a kindle app.
- Audible comes built-in, and I’ve collected an extensive Audible collection.
- Books load faster and smoother, making Lingua Latina less of a headache.
- They have a notepad app which they both enjoy using during piano lessons or car rides - I consider it practice “ubiquitous capture.”
- In addition to their Audible audiobooks, with Prime Music (not the subscription service, just the default app) they have access to a playlist I can curate from my laptop.
- We set a curfew period to disable them between 9:30pm-6am.
Feed for ‘phones…And the audio blog podcasts are back with a bang! I’m really excited about the topics this season: 6 weeks of personality talk and review reminders.
How many of us were told that “only” being a wife and mother was not sufficient? That we would “lose” our identity if we didn’t strive for work or seek for that career to be our own person? While I deny that I “lose my identity” by being a wife and mother, I do affirm that another part of who I am and how I fulfill that role is in the creative endeavors I may enjoy.Really, having a creative hobby is at the heart of scholé - sure, there's a deep reading and contemplation aspect, but the heart is experiencing a life that is fully in touch with all aspects of our God-created humanity: not just menial details, but a full-orbed life.Do you have a hobby? Are you experimenting with hobbies? I chose a new one for 2017 I'll be sharing later. If you're on Instagram, use the hashtag #mamaneedsahobby to share your hobby and what it adds to your life! Let's spur one another on!
True freedom has everything to do with how behavior, work, and thought are measured. Where do the criteria arise? This is not as obscure a thought as it might seem. Whoever assesses you is your boss. So where do the standards of assessment come from?There is so much to think about in this article (no surprise, there!) - and the primary example is a subject near to my heart: teaching writing. This is an article to reread every day for months.As homeschool moms we must assess. We assess our children and we assess ourselves. That's why we're so beat down: we assess ourselves according to inappropriate, unrealistic standards. And too often, we also assess our children either too harshly on the same idealistic scale, or not at all. Both are errors.But it takes work to evaluate our criteria and adopt standards that are true, good, and beautiful. Yes, it does. Let's dig in to our real work.
The biggest thing I learned about teaching in 2016 was to give thanks for the grace of learning that comes despite my failures.Are two CiRCE articles in a week acceptable? This takeaway summary right at the top of the article is amazing. We're not just to acknowledge the learning that happens apart from us, but to give thanks for the learning that happens even when we fail.Of course, that's not an excuse for failing, but it is a crucial and hope-renewing perspective.Give thanks. Always and in everything.
- Hans: The Anne series on his kindle - it’s not just for girls! <3
- Jaeger: 81 Days Below Zero: The Incredible Survival Story of a World War II Pilot in Alaska's Frozen Wilderness by Brian Murphy (he checked it out from the library digitally with his kindle)
- Ilse: currently enamored of the Henty adventures produced by Heirloom Audio
- Knox: Black Star of Kingston by S.D. Smith (twice)
- Geneva: The Dragon and the Garden by N.D. Wilson