This was previously posted on Lyndsay’s site as part of a series on mothers, but I wanted to include it for part of my archives.
……there’s time for sewing skirts (that are clearly too short and require leggings) and for painting laundry room cabinets.
And since we’ve been entrenched in studying the ancient Greeks, there’s time to stage battles between Greece and Persia. And even time to spray paint the soldiers.
We sometimes take our books outside and do our math as we watch daffodils poke through the ground.
We commit more to memory than I ever dreamed was possible for young children. We’ve memorized eleven poems, thirty verses of scripture, the catechism of the ten commandments, and a long history and bible catechism that covers from Genesis to the time of the Greeks.
My girls have developed a love for reading and have read many great books this year such as Popper’s Penguins, Babe, Charlotte’s Web, Stuart Little, and the Magic Treehouse books, just to name a few. They’ve listened to lots of books on tape and have enjoyed stories such as Little Women, The Railway Children, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, The Tale of Desperaux, among others.
We recently made Bucephalus (the horse of Alexander the Great) and then rode around the house all afternoon ‘on horseback’. We listen to classical music and sometimes stay in our jammies until 10. Or 11. We ride bikes, memorize latin, look for birds, and watch dance tutorials on YouTube. We sing and chant grammar jingles and read stories that take us to foreign lands.
We have enough organization to keep us honest…..
“Rose leaned where she was, and fell to thinking how many good times she had had lately, for the gardening had prospered finely, and she was learning to swim and row, and there were drives and walks, and quiet hours of reading and talking……she could work and play all day, sleep sweetly at night, and enjoy life with the zest of a healthy, happy child.”