(Would we still have time now to lose ourselves watching these little creatures? I think so.)
time to be by the sea,
time to be with (school-going) friends and family,
time to just play,
and time to bond.
I am extending our summer by continuing to work through our Wind in the Willows theme. And guess what? I'm not even overly concerned that Tiger isn't starting Year 4 on Monday, September 2nd.
Maybe we've been enjoying the summer to much to really think about making a full-swing start to the new academic year, or perhaps I am getting increasingly relaxed (or just laxed, depending on how you see it) about Tiger's learning process. There doesn't seem to be a clear cut-off/starting point to mark when learning happens and when it doesn't. I'm finally understanding and experiencing the term "holistic learning" or what it means to "learn all the time". The process of learning-all-the-time looks different for each child but it is there if you observe your child with an open heart and an open mind. I hope each parent recognises that in her child so that no one needs to feel stressed about not keeping up with anyone else (e.g. another child's progress, or the next homeschooling mum's superbly organised lessons, etc).
Meanwhile, we are easing ourselves back from the relaxed pace of summer to lessons. Homeschooling activities near us have begun in earnest -- if you thought I was organised, you should meet these homeschooling mums! It is very good to see familiar faces again and to feel the motivation (or pressure?) to get back to work.
This week at home we grew cress. It was supposed to go into our sandwich, but we decided to put it in soup instead because Tiger decided that he couldn't possibly stomach a cress sandwich.
For someone who has consistently faired poorly at growing plants, I have found growing cress to be highly satisfying. It is a foolproof way to introduce children (and non-green-finger adults like me) to growing food. Just look at the results:
|Already starting to sprout within an hour of planting.|
|Day 2 - shoots and leaves!|
|Day 3 - standing tall.|
|Day 4 - a cress jungle!!|
For someone with little patience and who loves quick results (that's me), watching the cress grow made me feel really successful. I was almost sorry when we had to harvest them.
|Scene of carnage - after harvesting.|