“It is thrown off, as it were, from persons and things, stirred by events, sweetened by love, ventilated, kept in motion, by the regulated action of common sense.” Vol. 6, p. 96
A liturgy of sorts. Here we begin each day with prayer, Bible reading, gratefulness, reflection, and a hymn. It sets the tone for the day. It is the most important part of our day. We begin at 8 with everyone present. This time lasts about 45 minutes, rarely more. What is done during this time? In addition to what I already mentioned – poetry, folksong, Shakespeare, family literature read-aloud, Plutarch, geography, architecture, German, Latin, composer study, etc. (Each of these are not done every day.)
I have come to think of this as so important, so influential. Having graduated two using this method, this “letting alone” time where they waged their wars, built their catapults, wrote their stories, and read their books might just be the key to a successful education. If the selection of books during the school day supplies them with fresh ideas, they have many activities to tend to. Mason says, “every day new thoughts that burn must be supplied or the fire will go out and present the dreariest of all spectacles, a desolate hearth”. For the littles, this is after lunch and into the evening. For the olders, usually after 1:30 or 2:00.I hope you have found something interesting and useful here. It really is about getting out of the way and structuring your day with a routine that allows the Holy Spirit to do the work in the hearts and minds of your children.
From joy to joy,
P.S. – Here are a few helpful extras!
Fall Planning – an older post about our days
Scheduling – Finding Your Family Rhythm – excellent words by Amy in Peru
Consulting – information on the help I offer for those who may need guidance or encouragement