......after much thought about this, I realized that she is not bored with how we are living. I think she is bored with what we are learning. I think our lessons have become routine and uninspiring. We are pushing to get things done and that always takes the joy out of learning. I think it is time to shake things up a bit.
It is hard to admit that I constantly have to remind myself to not get bogged down by what I feel we must do. Like we must finish Story of the World by May 31. We must complete the geography page on Africa.....today. When I get like this, I close the door to the spontaneous learning opportunities that the girls love so much. No matter how hard I try, there are times when I slip into my old way of thinking that new curriculum is meant for September and we should be finishing up now, not starting something new.
This got me to thinking...when was the last time I strew things around the house to be discovered by my curious daughters? When was the last time we went to the library? When was the last time we took a hike? This got me to thinking.....why don’t be bring our audio books into the house? Why do they only live in the car? Why don’t we play more music while making dinner and doing laundry? Why don’t we jump on the train one day with no where to go and have an adventure? Why don’t we empty our bookshelves and discover what gems we have that have yet to be discovered gathering dust on a lonely shelf?
So at 6:30am, I began to tear through our material. I was completely and totally inspired to make a change. Hopefully it will be the change that Lilah is looking for so she no longer has that feeling of “boredom”.
- I ordered Herb Fairies. I have been waiting a year for this to be re-released. Beginning this in spring is just perfect.
- I pulled out my Philosophy for Kids book I purchased three years ago.
- I found art an art kit on Matisse that is unopened.
- I pulled out our the study of our town that we abandoned when our friends (who we were doing this with) moved away.
- I pulled out the girl’s Bibles, since Grace commented she would like to make her Bible look like mine. That could be a fabulous project!
- I loaded up a basket with books on calligraphy, doodling, and a biography or two that I think they would find interesting. I left in in the living room to be discovered.
- I added a trip to the library to our calendar this week.
- I took our microscope out of its case and displayed it proudly. It is begging to be taken outside.
- I took some suggestions from Mary and Theresa and ordered a book by Richard J. Maybury about politics which is a natural extension of Grace’s government class this past fall. I ordered a $15 kit on the solar system from Thames and Kosmos which will deliver next week and we will complete while we wait for Candy Chemistry, which is on back order.
I am glad that Lilah complained of boredom. It gave me a new perspective on our learning, on what is working and what is not. This is par for the course of a homeschooling family. Unlike in school, where the curriculum is set for the year, ours is constantly morphing to meet the needs of developing children. Because we do not work on a 180 day calendar, we have the ability to stop, reflect, and refocus. Our learning has no start date, no end date and is constant. It flows from season to season. It lingers on some topics and swiftly passes others by.
I am excited to launch into new explorations and revisit some projects we began but never completed. Who knows where this will lead us.