I tried to workout – did 30 minutes Before I Died, In A Heap, Coughing – tried the FIRM’s Cardio Party.
We went to a Latin Mass ( 1962 Missal) for the Feast of the Transfiguration of Our Lord. We all tried not to cough too much during Mass in the chapel! No point in continuing to spread our flu germs…
Some of us hadn’t yet had breakfast so we had a quick muffin at the McDonalds at the food hall at Castle Tower Shopping Centre – at 10. 15 a.m.! I haven’t been eating much lately, quite frankly I’ve been feeling too sick but was absolutely ravenous after Mass. So the Bacon and Egg McMuffin seemed like a treat, at only 302 calories (winks) .
Bought some birthday stuff for Anthony ( his birthday is Friday, the feast of Blessed Mary MacKillop).
Alexander did the driving, as a learner driver…
Home, kids did some Kumon maths or university assignments, welcomed a friend and heard about his Defence Force interview.
Jonathon went to teach catechism at a state school with one of the friars. Alexander and I went to the doctor. Alexander tested high for cat allergy – what to do with our cat Belle??
Others stayed home to play video games.
We arrived back home, had a lovely long lunch and chat with Br. after catechism. We discussed St John Bosco and Blessed Mary MacKillop and how both saints said they never used physical punishment with children. I shared with Br. some of St John Bosco’s thoughts on the preventative method of education –
His idea was to persuade the boys to want to be good. Hence, Don Bosco was not greatly put out by the faults of levity proper to youth, nor to the inconstancy which is inherent in their state. Neither was he dismayed by noise or high spirits.
Don Bosco’s capability to attract numerous boys and adult helpers was connected to his “Preventive System of Education”. He believed education to be a “matter of the heart,” and said that the boys must not only be loved, but know that they are loved. He also pointed to three components of the Preventive System: reason, religion, and kindness. Music and games also went into the mix.
“As far as possible avoid punishing . . . . try to gain love before inspiring fear.”
Back to our day…..Dh came home early with the flu. It started to rain so we rang the delivery guy for an extension re junk mail delivery, pleading icingly cold wet weather and the flu. Whew – we have until Friday now to deliver!
While I sat and chatted and researched Marytown with Br., the kids and friend ran around the house and garage, playing guns with foam dart guns. A VERY active and VERY noisy game – Br. and dh and I were in home base and so obviously safe from attack in the dining room!
Piano playing. Judo practice. Put rubbish out. Help mum clean up – next on the unschooling things-to-do list…
The kids’ friend is staying for dinner ( and I feel too wiped out to cook, so it will be leftovers and more McDonalds – perhaps I should buy shares in this company??). They have hired a James Bond PS2 game and are having a four player marathon tonight…Luke, home from work, has kindly agreed to pick up the fast food..Dh is resting with the flu..I’ve been finishing off Kumon work stuff before resting with texts, emails and blogs.
And re-reading more stuff on radical unschooling. We’ve been there before, I feel a tug to go back, back to being radical and not simply unschooly. From this link, Sandra Dodd writes ~