we have just finished up the first two weeks of school here. it’s been absolutely the best first two weeks of school, ever.
perhaps it’s because i was focused a lot on the all-day 8th/9th grade class that i’m tutoring and got those first two classes down before sending my own kids to the same all-day co-op (but for their levels) this coming week.
perhaps it’s because we started every school day at the kitchen table together, and then broke out into individual subjects? i think starting at the table together makes the day feel like it has a beginning. when you have a beginning, you feel as though you have an end to strive for.
or perhaps it was because summer finally kicked in these past 14 days, and we have spent more time in the pool these past two weeks than we have all summer (or so it seemed!). it was lovely to head outside in the hot sun after our studies were through in the afternoon and lazily bob around in the pool, or get a lot of exercise swimming and jumping, and wait for dinner.
perhaps it was because i’m back to planning our evening meals, and we’ve been able to eat well before rushing off to soccer practice and auditions (which both started this week). i always feel so much better when i’m feeding my family good stuff instead of relying on mcdonald’s to fill them up after soccer practice, or before a rehearsal. planning it out makes it so much easier. even though our eating of dinners has become a bit more complicated since my celiac diagnosis.
and on that note…perhaps its because i’ve given up all grains and i’m finally feeling as though i’m not walking around with rocks in my stomach. and because cookbooks like danielle walker’s Against All Grain and Meals Made Simple have really helped me be able to manage our meals so i’m not cooking two different dinners for all of us. and…grain-free sandwich bread! and an amazing chocolate protein-packed shake for my busy wednesday’s? and grain-free pizza crust!!!!
our family curriculum is fully entrenched in Classical Conversations. Even though I’m tutoring the 8th/9th grade level class on wednesdays, our three boys are able to partake in their own classes on wednesdays, when we meet together. they start this week, and then i know our other school days together will be busier, but i’ve planned this fall so that we’re not rushing off to afternoon lessons or practices every day. we have one day of gym class but the rest of the days are truly home.
in the spirit of education, here is a fun link with even more fun photos. i’m alarmed that parents had to send their children on 4 mile-long walks to school (and home!) each day, but that explains the shorter class day, perhaps. in some ways, we do the one-room school house here and our co-op is modeled after the one-room school house.
here is another post that a friend of mine wrote comparing their experience to schooling in australia. i find it fascinating how active the australians are in their school day compared to the american school system. and apparently the activity is a year-long thing.
so with that, we bid adieu to another wonderful summer and look forward to the lovely fall weather approaching. i’m hoping fall stays around for a while this year and keeps winter at bay. an early spring and hotter summer next year would be awfully good as well.