I fell in to a trap, eyes wide open. I am suddenly Rabbit instead of Pooh Bear.
Lesson from the flowers: simple is as simple doesn’t.
The summer semester, which is supposed to be wide and open, with a feeling of spacious ease, is feeling a lot like the rest of the year. Instead of having wide swaths of time in which to focus on a few good things, there are many little tasks to check off the list. The trap is one I sprung on myself by going through all of our homeschooling books. An easy, understandable mistake. You see, I found so many cool things I’d forgotten about. OOoooh stickerbook addition, OOoooh grammar bingo, OOoooh chapter book! They are all fun, all promising, all playful. There are simply too many of them.
So it’s time to refocus. Yes, I don’t want them to forget their math. Yes, there are other things I want to touch on. But there needs to be a way to create space. Maybe by letting the mornings be about the important things and then having a few things in the afternoons. Maybe a weekly shift of one week maths/one week other extras while keeping the focus on the creative writing with Sandra and the reading with Tias.
“Poetry and Hums aren’t things which you get, they’re things which get you. And all you can do is go where they can find you.” Winnie The Pooh
Absolutely excellent reading on this topic: The One Thing Principle
Space and clutter can’t coexist. Time for a little metaphorical weeding.