years ago as a quick answer to a question by Christy. In this guest post over at Afterthoughts, she writes about it as it relates to scheduling in the homeschool, which is what I was referring to. But
I wanted to address it as it relates to another part of homeschooling – outside
activities. I think it applies here as
Mason’s writings are “long,” “slow,” and
“time.” If you are running around from
one activity to the next, you are cheating your students out of so much of the
natural benefits of homeschooling and in particular, the CM method. There was a phrase that used to be popular in
hours! – from her outside activities.
All good activities, mind you, and spread over a few children, but
cutting those out has made all the difference in the peace in her home.
too. As a family, we are careful about
things we say “yes” to, thinking and praying before agreeing to join this or
that club, playing a sport, or even volunteering the for myriad of activities
He needs this time to cultivate ideas and creativity that might bring
about solutions. His team recently won
at the state robotics championship, bringing home a passel of awards.
hours every day messing with her photography and editing skills. It’s one of the things she loves to do and
giving her that time respects her as a person. I have gained a huge respect for
those who choose this art form as I had no idea the time it takes to produce
older, they should spend less time alone, thinking, tinkering, experimenting, and daydreaming and more time
doing “important” things. But in a way, I think more of it is needed.
out her kitchen window and saw a sight that she will never forget and brought
tears to her eyes. Out in her yard was
her young daughter on her horse, lying on her back and just staring at the
sky. She knew that she was giving her daughter a precious gift.
“get up and do something.” Sometimes giving them the time and space to just
“be” is the best way to respect their personhood. (Masterly inactivity,
anyone?)And sometimes it takes the adult
in their life to rearrange things so this can happen.