Monday, September 5, 2011

First day of the 2011-2012 school year

Nothing says the summer in done in Maryland like a bowl of cream of Md crab soup, and hard rain on the roof. So tomorrow is the day we put our feet onto the path of a little more structure and a little deeper thought. Just like the changing of the seasons, the change in our rhythm is subtle. Autumn is often filled with outdoor lessons and projects- documenting our days in drawings and poems. And as the winter rolls in and more time is spent bent over the kitchen table, our lessons get deeper and longer too.
The first week of our autumn rhythm is a slow turn towards those colder days. So over the next few days we will be making lesson books and painting blackboards. I will give Lyra some review work for the various subjects that pop into our day, but no new lessons or time consuming projects. The younger girls will get a little circle time and a reminder/nudge towards the tasks they should be handling at any given time. I do this as both a way for me to test the rhythm and a way for them to absorb the rhythm without any pressure. By next week when monday rolls around, we will be swinging in our "natural" and "leisurely" way- with them being none the wiser that we are working. Just living day to day and learning on the way.

Lyra will write and draw this poem at her morning-work time tomorrow. And review her multiplication by starting a new multiplication wheel for our kitchen.

Labor Day by Marci Ridlon
First Monday in September,
that's the day that we remember,
to honor workers who toil long,
Their efforts make our country strong,
We give a gift they all like best;
We give them all a day of rest!

1 comment:

  1. I'm inspired by your natural, gentle approach to the new school year :)
    Thanks for sharing your thoughts.