It began with my post on all the places we’ve homeschooled.
I wrote that post with tears in my eyes because I missed what we once had.
The notion was fully sealed in my mind after reading a post on The Homeschool Classroom. It was about adding Waldorf inspired elements to your homeschool day. And while I didn’t agree with everything in the article or the roots of the Waldorf style, I can appreciate the simplicity and naturalness of that world. It reminded me of when my eldest two children were much younger and we lived in that old house in that little town with the white shears blowing in the wind and a brand new world of homeschooling fresh in the palm of my hand.
I wanted that back.
So, last weekend as we traveled back to my hometown, I scribbled notes all over a printed-off copy of the Homeschool Classroom article.
And since scrawled words on paper mean nothing if you don’t actually implement them, I formulated a plan in my mind and reminded myself that I would keep my eyes open for opportunities that were outside that plan as well.
Since that time we have been playing outside more.
We are starting our day with movement…
walks around the block
throwing a ball in the front yard
swinging on the swingset
We are weeding out toys and making lists of things we can really use rather than dime-a-dozen “stuff.”
We have been taking time in our homeschool day to do fun things. Really fun things. Things like I used to do before the daily grind ground us down.
And it all goes back to not filling pails.
I’m tired of racing through my life.
One. Big. Checklist.
Checklists have their place, but too often I am so busy crossing things off I forget…
I forget to breathe deep.
I forget to slow down.
I forget to praise.
I forget to live.
And so I return.
It’s good to be back.