While it will take several weeks at least to figure out the rhythm that will best suit us, I am putting the actual routine off until the last of our Summer excursions is over. So, the first week of September we should get the ball rolling.
But, the feeling of overwhelm-tion is subsiding. I feel like I have a grasp on our curriculum and the many resources we have there, but I also am excited about constantly finding more. We have a great Charlotte Mason group we convene with every other week and the support from that group of ladies is fantastic. I really think Charlotte Mason and Rudolf Steiner were kindred spirits, and between the two of them, tossing around a little Montessori, well…I think we’ve got some good places to find inspiration.
So we are getting excited. I think even Naomi is getting a sense of excitement. She is almost 7, and the physical and spiritual changes that make life with a kid in their seventh year (as described by Steiner) trying seem to be fading. Her ability to listen and understand is somewhat intimidating! She wants to know everything, and she’s becoming more and more willing to take the instruction Drew and I have to offer! The decision to homeschool is less and less questionable as the best alternative for our family–it is what we need to do, and what a privilege it is to participate in all the parts of these new people understanding the world around them! And, by teaching them ourselves we regularly get to remind them that everything we learn about is a gift meant just for us. Something about my own education seemed like a deliberate effort to distract from that fact…
I wanted to share this quote: