Convivial Contentment: Summer Learning – Simply Convivial

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We have finished out our 2013-2014 school year! Time to celebrate! And we did, of course, with pizza and root beer floats with the good friends with whom we shared our lessons and experiences this year. It’s been a great year, really. The baby took reliable naps and was barely toddling for most of it. About halfway through I started getting a full night’s sleep. By scheduling a good portion of our work with friends, I was a lot more … Read More

Managing Chaos: When Routines Meet Real Life – Simply Convivial

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I always feel tongue-tied when someone asks what a typical day looks like at our house. Our days follow a general pattern, but no two ever look quite alike. Seven people living, working, and playing together make for a lot of variables, interruptions, and derailments. So, I thought I’d outline what our general routines are right now, but readily admit that a real day never looks like the outlined routine. I am supposed to get up at 5am, according to … Read More

Summer Term Break Week – Simply Convivial

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The Week in Brief Our first term is over and we took a break week, catching up on the housekeeping, putting all the piles back into their places, reshelving the books, and – not planned – having a nasty cold. Even with the cold, and even without the formal lessons, learning and growing still happened. The kids spent more time drawing, reading, riding bikes, and listening to audio books while resting. We went to the park with friends, the kids … Read More