It is in these moments that I enter into my internal dialogue about the importance of providing a good educational foundation while allowing freedom to play, create and explore and being sensitive to learning readiness. At times I struggle with figuring out what that looks like while other times it seems so clear to me. One of the challenges with home learning is that nothing is static, my child is always changing and his needs and interests change accordingly. The challenge in this is to take the time to observe and be sensitive to these changes.
Freedom to Play
The Christmas holidays are officially over yet our Christmas tree and most of the decorations remain. I am slowly putting things away but I have toyed with the idea of keeping the remaining decorations up until Candlemas, February 2nd. In the past, Candlemas, known to Catholics as the Presentation of Jesus, used to be the end of the Christmas season. It marked the fortieth days after the birth of Jesus which according to Jewish law meant Jesus was to be presented at the temple. I must admit that we are still enjoying the Christmas tree and its sparkling lights so I think we’ll keep everything out a little longer.
Now that everyone is feeling much better we are rediscovering our daily and weekly rhythm. We don’t follow strict schedules which I feel are too rigid and don’t allow for the opportunity to delight in small events that occur throughout our days. However, I cannot stress how important it is for our family to have rhythm, it creates a sense of comfort and peace in our home. This week we are also continuing to work on a few of our structured learning subjects, namely language arts and music. The last couple days my eldest has been resistant to this structured learning time, however brief and enjoyable I try to make it.