To Everything there is a Time

I tend to be a “stick to the list” type of person. I like to accomplish. You know – the whole house has to be cleaned, all the school subjects covered each day, etc etc.

I can be rigid.

It might be a fault.

However, as mothers we need to be sensitive to our family’s emotional state and willing to respond accordingly. Children have a LOT going on emotionally, physically, and mentally; accomplishing things that have no discernible value to them isn’t always on their list for the day.

I was reminded of this recently when Sunshine Girl just wasn’t her usual sunshiny self – in fact, she was in a downright funk.  All she wanted to do all day was have me make paper snowflakes with her and build a fort in her room.

Now, the List side of me could have forced us to stick to the schedule for the sake of “learning discipline,” and Then Do Something Fun, but that wasn’t where she was emotionally. She needed something from me, and it wasn’t a lesson on industriousness. It was simply my time.

I love the beauty of Ecclesiastes 3 and while I come nowhere near the wisdom of the author, I might add just one more: a time to accomplish, and a time to just be.

To be with your children, your spouse, yourself, your God.

The great and the terrible about our culture is the ambition. Don’t mistake me – I’m a very ambitious person – but it’s taken God years to show me that unwarranted ambition is just a better-sounding word for pride. It’s easy in our pinterest-oriented culture to believe that we should always be pushing for the next thing that’s better than what we have right now, but it could be that what we’re called to be is right here, right now. After basic needs are met, our children care little for our career or life accomplishments; what they need are us. And if we’re too busy working, like I used to be, we are failing to give them what they need most.

So we didn’t get all our schoolwork done that day, but we did play outside for three hours, made snowflakes, and built a massive fort in her room. My List make not have received its coveted checks, but my daughter received the one thing we can never get back: time.

Geography, Geology, and History, Oh My!

I’m late posting about this particular field trip because we went a couple of weeks ago, but we’ve been busy with more so it’s time to catch up! It’s nice that on days that we need to get outside and be in nature we have so many great opportunities relatively near by.

Two weeks ago we went to Old Man’s Cave, the most popular outdoor draw in Hocking Hills and one of the most popular in the state. This is the first time Emma remembers being there, so she was very drawn to the scenic beauty.

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American History Studies Snapshot

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A few of the beautiful books we’re reading this term for our American History Study.

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Ingri D’Aulaire is well-known in the Charlotte Mason world for the wonderfully written and illustrated living history books. I love them!

The rest of our list for this term:

  • The Legend of Ohio
  • Om-Kas-Toe
  • Leif the Lucky by d’Aulaire
  • Columbus by d’Aulaire
  • Pedro’s Journal
  • Pocahontas by d’Aulaire
  • If You Sailed on the Mayflower
  • Squanto, Friend of Pilgrims
  • Tattered Sails
  • Sarah Witcher’s Story
  • The Courage of Sarah Noble
  • Calico Bush
  • Matchlock Gun
  • George Washington by d’Aulaire
  • Mr. Revere and I
  • Tolivar’s Secret
  • Benjamin Franklin by d’Aulaire
  • Homespun Sarah
  • Carolina Courage
  • Indian Captive

Welcome to 2nd Grade!

Whoa, we’ve been homeschooling for two years already?! I know it’s trite, but truly, where did that time go? Homeschooling has been such a blessing for our family, and now that I have two years of experience under my homeschooling mama belt, I’m feeling very comfortable and excited about the upcoming year for us.

While we actually never took an official summer break because learning is such an integral part of our daily life, I did “sort of” declare the beginning of 2nd grade to be last week. Rather low-key, I’m afraid, but thankfully Sunshine Girl didn’t seem to mind the lack of fanfare.

Here is a rundown of our upcoming winter term:

Daily – Copywork, Math, Reading, and Spanish

Several Times/Week – Science/Nature Study, American History, Geography

Weekly – Artist and Composer Studies, Art and Music instruction/appreciation, Handicrafts (woodworking from Dad, crocheting, and sewing)

Regular Life – Cooking, Outdoor Skills, Mechanics (from Dad!), and lots of field trips!