The RHYTHM of the home-schooling drum started beating again today. Third term commences...
19 years and it's still makes my insides hurt ... like a heavy bass in a confined space.
But the gift of RHYTHM has brought another gift...DISCIPLINE
(no wonder my insides hurt...who likes that word?!)
When I look in envy at my darling's disciplined nature, he tells me the secret is in 'not giving one-self a choice'. Do not ask yourself what you feel like. If you go down that path you'll only get trouble. Instead, just go with the RHYTHM...the RHYTHM of the alarm clock, the RHYTHM of the day's requirements...the RHYTHM of life.
I try...I fail...I try again...I do a little better
It used to have verses of games, crafts and fun-based learning. The next stanza - projects, groups and integrated learning. Now in senior years it is much more memorization, studying and text-book learning. But what a lot I've learned as we've gone through it with each one.
The poetry of it all as a whole, etched in the overflowing minds of my children.
But have I done this labour of love for the beauty of the RHYME, or the discipline of the RHYTHM? A resounding 'NO'! There is a REASON!
A REASON...a hope...a dream that we work towards. The REASON makes us keep going when the RHYTHM is hard. The REASON makes us search out new RHYMES to help us through. The REASON makes us able to stand strong and weather the tough times.
#128 An early morning 'goodbye' cuddle
#129 Nice memories of yesterday
#130 More fb birthday wishes
#131 Photography tip from creative daughter
#132 The familiar rhythm of school
#133 Daughter's piano chords emerging into a song
#134 Being reminded of the reason we home educate
#135 Easy dinners
#136 Phone call to my darling
#137 Smoothie from kind son