“Rhythm is something you either have or don’t have, but when you have it, you have it all over.” — Elvis Presley
Actually, I don’t, much of the time.
I don’t mean musically — I do OK in that department. I mean giving a sense of rhythm to our days. That’s why this week I’m eager to learn at the feet of homeschoolers who have a good sense of rhythm and have learned to use that beat to carry them through their homeschooling.
It’s a work-in-progress, especially since one of the best things about homeschool is that you don’t have to have a rigid, classroom-style schedule. You can figure it out as you go. Elisheva shares what she does Instead of Scheduling at Ragamuffin Studies.
“Most of the people who will walk after me will be children, so make the beat keep time with short steps.” — Hans Christian Anderson
A Day-Month-Year in the Life of Homeschoolers
We all homeschool in different ways, but I love to learn from how others schedule their time. The next several posts are for the voyeur in all of us!
We found out when we pulled our daughter from school that homeschooling made it easier to maintain our family’s own rhythm. Mrs. C of Homeschool and Etc. has an inspiring story and good news for new or would-be homeschoolers worried that they can’t handle it: Homeschooling is NOT So Hard.
I love the idea of scheduling around the seasons — working with the natural rhythm of the year in mind rather than trying to get around it. (Though I think here in Minnesota we’d naturally be hibernating right now.) Angela of Mother Crone’s Homeschool describes how her family’s pattern is continually evolving with the seasons. Scheduling Your Homeschool Around the Seasons is an inspiring read about scheduling days and years as kids grow from playful little ones to more academically focused teens.
April reminds us that even when we use a curriculum someone else invented, we’re still in charge. I felt a little frisson of empowerment just reading the title of her contribution: Curriculum Hacking 101: Bending schedules to your will posted at Lunablog.net.
“Happiness is not a matter of intensity but of balance, order, rhythm and harmony.” — Thomas Merton
The Power of the Planner
Elizabeth of Real Learning knows her way around a planner—here is her Very Last Calendar-Home Companion Book post . . . for now. Get ready to blow the dust off your old planners and try again!
Another beauty of homeschooling? You can adjust your rhythm to fit both your kids’ needs and your own. Samantha of Bookworms and Tea Lovers is taking advantage of the new year to tweak her schedule with her ‘I-hope-this-will-work-better’ study plan.
Planning for college can be a major factor in deciding how and whether to homeschool through high school. Charity writes about documentation, transcripts, homeschool-friendly colleges, and more in Homeschooling High School, and Beyond, at All Things Hold Together.
“Music and rhythm find their way into the secret places of the soul” — Plato
Dancing to Their Own Drummers
Many homeschooling parents have decided that they’d rather dance to their own tune than try to play along with the rest of the crowd. Not long afterwards, homeschooled kids show their own independent streaks — and that’s a good thing, right?
Veteran homeschoolers know that kids will follow that internal rhythm of learning, no matter what tempo we set the metronome! Julie of Home Education Resources drives home the message that we all have different learning styles, and we need to work with them when home educating.
That doesn’t mean we make every educational decision based on what’s most immediately comfortable or gratifying. Renae reflects on the need for discipline in Exactly, Reason 1 of Why Study Math, posted at Life Nurturing Education.
It’s not easy figuring out the right balance. Piscesgrrl shares her family’s struggle with the always controversial issue of giving kids control over screen time in Unschooling Q&A – How Did We Get Here? Part III, posted at Wistful Wanderlust.
“The concept of number is the obvious distinction between the beast and man. Thanks to number, the cry becomes a song, noise acquires rhythm, the spring is transformed into a dance, force becomes dynamic, and outlines figures.” — Joseph Marie de Maistre
Getting Down to It — Curriculum and Other Resources
Sol reviews a math resource written by a homeschooling parent (one that I think I will check out, given the popularity of geometry around here): Math Mammoth Geometry 1 Elementary Math Workbook posted at Wild About Math!.
GrrlScientist notes a newly available free science resource: Science, Evolution, and Creationism — The Free Download, posted at Living the Scientific Life.
I got rhythm,
I got music,
I got my man —
Who could ask for anything more?
We can’t keep a rhythm going if we don’t have what we need. Andrea has a good list of Five things this she does not want to give up in 2008 posted at Notes From A Homeschooling Mom.
Crimson Wife (who has a darling avatar!) looks at the question of educational essentials by considering the educator’s priorities in What Does it Mean for a School to be “Effective”? posted at Bending the Twigs.
Many of us computer-age families can’t imagine homeschooling without Google, but The Not-Quite Crunchy Parent points out that reference books still have a lot to offer, in the post Afterschooling with Audubon.
Then there are those things you might do better to get rid of. Nissa presents her New Year’s Resolution: Elimination Diet, at Simple Gifts. Check out the sweet bird-and-twig graphic – too cute! [confidential to Nissa: We worked with a professional organizer, and for quite a while visitors to our house could not figure out why it was even messier than before, as we pulled stuff from every nook and cranny. She assured us it was part of the process.]
“Music is a safe type of high. It’s more the way it was supposed to be. That’s where highness came, I guess, from anyway. It’s nothing but rhythm and motion.” — Jimi Hendrix
Homeschooling and Culture
“Rhythm is the basis of life, not steady forward progress. The forces of creation, destruction, and preservation have a whirling, dynamic interaction.” — Kabbalah
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