December 3, 2009

Homeschool Days 12/03/09

"How to begin to educate a child. First rule: leave him alone. Second rule: leave him alone. Third rule: leave him alone. That is the whole beginning."
--D.H. Lawrence

Busy. Busy. Busy. The holidays are busy enough, but I'm in between two birthdays (and I *still* haven't done the thank you cards for Funny Girl!), plus we are celebrating Hanukkah again this year. Hanukkah starts on the 11th so we are taking the 11th through 27th off from school. I'll probably not be blogging much in there either, except to post photos. Every year I go through the shots I've taken and pull out 20 of each child to add to photo albums. It's a lot of fun, but so stressful because I seem to take fewer pictures each year. I tried to do better this year, but we shall see.

We haven't been doing much schoolwork here lately anyway. Last week we decided to get caught up on Doctor Who instead of reading. Oh well. This week, we are reading A Christmas Carol, digging into The Tales of Beedle the Bard, and maybe a little Greek mythology before our break. Robotson also wants to learn more about Pablo Picasso so I'm getting a couple of books from the library.

We've also been continuing our work on conflict resolutions. It's an amazingly slow process, but I think we are still moving forward. I introduced him to Confucius this week and we've been talking a lot about integrity and honesty. There has been a lot of claiming that things weren't really talked about or commitments not really made. The responsibility for being honest is in his hands.

It sure doesn't seem like we are doing much when I write it all down. It feels like we are constantly busy, yet everything seems to be falling behind. So strange.


  1. Want to borrow my dreidel again?
    Enjoy your holidays.

  2. All the feelings described are so well familiar here. I have to learn how to leave my daughter alone more often than I do. Maybe we will get more done that way.

  3. It is a very strange feeling to feel like you are so busy yet falling behind. I know that feeling all too well.

    How do you celebrate Hanukkah? I told my DD that I was thinking about celebrating Yule and the solstice this year. I still need to look up some of the traditional ways to celebrate it. I know the Yule log from Girl Scouts but that's it.

  4. Grace-Thank you, but we have one now. :)

    Raising a Happy Child- You may get more done, but everything might be more messy :) At least if your daughter is as "experimental" as my three.

    vertpaix-I'm sure we aren't following all customs correctly, but we have a wooden menorah like this one

    We play with the driedel, learn Hanukah songs, try to make latkes, read books about the holiday, and do one gift a day. It's a very secular celebration with none of more religious stuff. We also celebrate Christmas. Last year they overlapped, this year Hanukah starts on the 11th.

  5. We're reading Dickens over here, too!

  6. is everything ok... you haven't blogged much... hope it's just the business of the holiday and nothing worse.

  7. vertpaix- All is good here! I've had 3 sick kids/still sick kids, plus Hanukkah, Robotson's birthday, and arranging the kids yearly photos. I was just about the blog a few of them. Hopefully things will calm down a bit next week. Thanks for asking, it's nice to be missed. :)