Sometimes people ask me what we do all day – how does educating our children ourselves affect our days. It’s an odd question; we don’t compartmentalise our lives into segments, we just live, together, in everything that we do, as a family. Our days together includes lots of …
:: Mess, yes there is, I won’t lie. Does it drive me batsh*t crazy?? You bet. But I rather like having a house that feels lived in and comfortable rather than a show home that no one feels relaxed in.
:: Enlongated Jimmy Jam mornings in front of the fire. Yep. Guilty as charged. Somedays we don’t get out of our PJs til waaaay past 9am. And if it’s one of those days, sometimes way past that too. Am I bothered? Not especially. Some days bonding with siblings and inventive play are more important than time-keeping, don’t you think?
:: Sit down work. We do that too. I cannot be called a radical unschooler. We split the time into concentrated instruction and free investigation. It’s a balance. They follow their interests and are encouraged to do so, but I would be helping no one if they didn’t learn to read, write and add up…
:: Lego and construction. Oh yes. We. Have. Le. Go. And the machines they invent – oh my. Watching their imaginations soar is one of the few privileges of being a mother – one of the amazing things about being together as a family. In so many ways our children teach us so much.
:: Tea Breaks. Mini-escape routes in loud, hectic days. Often accompanied by copious amounts of knitting. And chocolate.
:: Inventing – constant inventing, making, designing. Our ‘invention’ box is full to the brim with egg boxes, cardboard tubes, tin foil and weird odds and ends and bolts and string. And what the mini-man can make with them is nobody’s business. Telescopes, guns, computers – things that don’t have a name, haven’t been invented yet or perhaps are waiting a use… if it can be cut, stuck together with duct tape or hammered into position, they make it.
:: Photography & Art – lots of picture taking in this house. We are bloggers you know!
:: Role Play – astronauts, soldiers, kings, doctors, chefs and everything in-between. It is not unusual to find a leopard-skinned soldier in top hat and fur stole in this house. Sometimes fabric dens are needed. Sometimes my cushions are commandeered for HQ building. Without doubt there are a plethora of gadgets and inventions (see above) included in this play. Again, it’s these moments that make the drudgery of mothering all worthwhile.
:: Books. Books, oh the books – everywhere and on every subject under the sun. From astrophysics to gardening, dinosaurs to evolution and everything in between. Scattered over every surface, filling every shelf. We rival only the British Library in our collection, I am quite sure…
:: Warmth and Love, Fights and Forgiveness. Yes. There’s lots of that too.
Our days together. Just ordinary, beauiful moments that make up a lifetime of living as a family. Not so different from yours, yes?
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