Last year, someone asked me what I require from the kids.
I was hard pressed to think of anything. I encourage reading. I read aloud. I encourage prayers and spiritual reading during both Lent and Advent. I encourage daily fitness. We all pitch in with chores but no-one is required to help.
Last year, we also tried to journal, in our journalling nook, each week. This fell by the wayside come Xmas and holidays.
I am, noticing, however, that our weeks this year are developing a new flavour.
Emailing a friend about routines made me realise that our current season looks somewhat different to the above.
Right now we have rhythms – well, we always sort these out and fall into a groove each move/each year.
I read aloud to the kids a couple of days a week.
I encourage them to do some exercise every day.
I encourage Anny and Thomas to practise piano a couple of days a week.
We do some written work around twice a week – Maths and Handwriting, LOTE or journal or nature journal or a project – currently a confirmation lapbook. J does his uni course stuff.
We have artwork on the dining room computer from our current artist – February will be Winslow Homer.*
And music around from our current composer – Tchaikovsky.
Bios of both on the refrigerator.
We are involved in several homeschool groups and outings. Part time work. “Extra curricular” lessons.
Each day is a living and learning and praying adventure – low key or high drama .
As today, when our discussion has centred on St John Bosco and on the cardinal virtue of justice.
No doubt these rhythms will morph into new beats as the year progresses.
*Monthly composer and artist ideas are suggested at the 4 real learning discussion forum.