Lately I've been reflecting on our busy lives because I've been panicking somewhat about my children's education. Trying to squeeze in lessons and still get organised in the veggie garden and on the farm. Life was feeling crazily out of control with me sitting at the pivotal centre point. Pressure!
However, thinking about my alternatives (school) quickly snapped me out of it. I don't want my children in school. And I certainly don't want them there just because I'm bad at time management! That would not be the right reason to make such a major life change for them and for me.
Tossing up all my options had me thinking about the upsides to the way we do things and one of the biggest advantages is that we are not tied to other people's schedules. We are masters of our own time. With this in mind, I decided to shrug off that feeling of being constantly on the run. We can only do, in a day, what is possible. Besides, all the panicking in the world doesn't help me achieve more.
We live a beautiful life full of gentle chores like caring for the animals, gardening, preparing food etc. We go about our days on a hill with views that I love, surrounded by bush, birds, kangaroos and the occasional echidna. I need to maintain a wider view rather than shrinking it down to all the things I haven't accomplished right here in the house and yard.
With this in mind, instead of trying to do more to achieve the organised, perfect life I feel I should be living (you know, the one with no kid's toys dumped where they played, a tidy lounge and clean stove top) I have decided to enjoy our process. Each day I have taken the time to make a family breakfast and eat together at the table in a leisurely fashion. This starts us all off in the right frame of mind. Life is good! It's meant to be enjoyed.
And, as if aware of my internal angst, all three children have convinced me that they are learning well. Pumpkin (8 yrs) has been ravenously devouring books from the library faster than I can borrow them, Belle (12 yrs) pulls out the lap top in the evening, after milking, and continues research for her project on Peru with enthusiasm while Buddy (9 yrs) has mastered a new skill. In the last week he has grasped the concept of addition while he works with an online program augmented with cuisenaire blocks. He uses the blocks to represent the dots that flash up on the screen and then disappear. He has to remember the dots, group the correct amount of blocks, then counts them up and uses terms like "two and three altogether is..." and "two and five makes...". The use of the different phrases shows me he truly understands the concept now rather than just learning by rote. He then enters his answer on the computer to see if he gets a tick. He was even heard this week exclaiming, "I'm a genius!" as he received a tick. Yes my boy, you truly are! Thank you kids for proving, in such a timely manner, that you are indeed learning.
Now if you need me you'll find me outside doing my work whilst stopping to smell the roses. Have a great weekend!