Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Wordless Wednesday: Math and Narration and Prereading, oh my.

Wednesdays with Words: Attend! Patience and Strength

Attend! comes from Latin of stretch toward. I love that I can go to Google and type etymology attend and get this:

So, Attend! has the idea of stretching toward ... stretching one's mind, one's hand, one's heart. It's related to all those -tend words like attention (with our eyes and ears), tend (care for, serve), intend (purpose), tendency (habits. sigh).

The kids and I have been reading Kipling poetry during Whatchamacallit (my name for Symposium, Morning Basket, Morning Time, Circle Time, Whatchamacallit). On Tuesday, we read this poem, 'For All We Have and Are.'

In it, Kipling is calling for England to be prepared for the coming war with Germany, World War I that was. He wanted them to be watchful, attentive, prepared. He wants them to protect their hearts with patience and do what needs to be done at the right time in a decisive fashion.

There is wisdom in this: doing the right thing at the right time. Knowing through patient observation when to wait and knowing through attention when to act. This line,
"In patience keep your heart,
In strength lift up your hand."
is repeated as an old proverb (although I cannot find it as a direct quote anywhere but this poem).

The line is almost repeated twice. The first time the word "courage" is in place of "patience." I was glad for the repetition and the slight course correction. We aren't after a false, hurried, foolishly brave response. No. We want a patient, reasoned, well-judged response. (And they aren't mutually exclusive, a patient action can absolutely be brave).

In parenting, I often find myself acting either too soon or too late. I want to better Attend! so I can act at the right time with a strong, well-considered action. In dealing with others, I often act very much in the moment, off the cuff, with my gut, by whim. There are times when it would be better were I to have been more observant of the events leading up to the moment of decision to make a more informed than off the cuff decision.

So much of our modern life looks for that immediate response when a measured response would be wiser. But, like Mr. Knightley, we cannot be wise. We jump into the fray with our emotions and suppositions flailing about hoping for the happy ending. (And, I guess it did work out pretty well for Mr. Knightley). The influx of that constant barrage of information, news, events, outrages overwhelms the modern and it is so hard to Attend! to what is good and true and beautiful ... to what should be informing our ideas rather than the outrage of the media. And it is so hard to Attend! to what we should and can actually do in response.

Kipling calls us to watch in patience and respond in strength: to Attend!

Monday, June 27, 2016

The Simple Woman's Daybook for June 27, 2016

For Today... June 27, 2016

Looking out my window ... it's hot and sunny. Early this morning it was drizzly so I didn't walk the dog.

I am thinking ... about folding laundry.

I am thankful ... for the washer and dryer so I don't have to do it by hand.

One of my favorite things ... celebrating my kiddos with my family.

I am wearing ... jeans shorts, a black tank top, and one of Jason's old dress shirts.

I am creating created ... a Little House cake for R-girl's (finally) Birthday party. Pa would've deplored such craftsmanship:

I am listening to ... the CenterForLit Podcast Bibliofiles and loving the deep discussions they're having. Is beauty necessary? Is truth? The discussions are fascinating and inspiring. Definitely recommended.

I am hoping ... to have two solid weeks of lessons before the children go to camp.

I am learning ... to just keep going. We need the discipline.

In my kitchen ... bratwurst and sauerkraut for dinner. Too hot to cook when we can grill.

In the school room ... We made these "I need to narrate cards" to help control the chaos and lessen the interruptions during lessons.

Post Script ...
I've been going through Pam's Plan Your Year ebook and the fun extras. Even though AmblesideOnline is mostly planned for me with the 36 week schedules, working on our vision, goals, and annual calendar will be a big change in Homeschool Planning for me. She has an extra freebie until July 3 for helping you clean out your homeschool space.

One of the bonuses if you buy the PYY kit is the private facebook community that I am paid to help moderate ... so while I don't do any affiliate links here at ladydusk, there is a benefit to me if you purchase PYY. The Facebook Community is a hopping place this summer with planning, cleaning, and chatting about how to get ready for fall. We'd love to see you there!

A moment from my day ... R-girl loved her cake on Saturday. I love this picture my brother took:

Linking up with The Simple Woman.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

30 Ways We Homeschool Blog Party

I'm posting over at They Call Me Blessed today in my friend Ana Willis' 30 Ways We Homeschool Blog Party. I met Ana on Periscope through Amy Milcic's Rock Your Homeschool! morning show and we've gotten to know each other some more on Periscope.

For the month of June, thirty different homeschool bloggers are sharing about their homeschool choices, styles, and curriculum. Ana asked questions that were thought provoking to answer.

At the same time, there are giveaways for the blog party, so be sure to check those out!

Hope you enjoy my post: Organic Learning in Our Charlotte Mason Homeschool.

Monday, June 20, 2016

The Simple Woman's Daybook for June 20, 2016

For Today...

Looking out my window ... it's a beautiful day. Warm and sunny.

I am thinking ... about starting lessons. And showering.

I am thankful ... for the beautiful weather we've been having ... especially for walking the dog in the morning.

One of my favorite things ... having jobs accomplished ... not necessarily accomplishing them :/

I am wearing ... my excercise clothes from walking the dog this morning ... we did 2.5 miles. I need to shower and change before running some errands.

I am creating ... clean laundry. That's always fun.

I am reading listening to ... the At Home podcast. It's a lot of fun to hear the different perspectives.

I am hoping ... to get my CM homework and a guest post done this morning.

I am learning ... about science in a CM education via A Delectable Education

In my kitchen ... we did a pasta bar for Father's Day with my extended family. I took antipasto for while we were waiting:

In the school room ... we need to have a really solid week of lessons.

Post Script ... Tomorrow, I'm excited to be a part of the 30 Ways We Homeschool blog party.

A moment from my day ... from this morning's walk:

Closing Notes:
I'm looking forward to a slower week ... CM group, baseball, and piano lessons are all we have ... we should be able to hit the pool and hange at home. I do think we need to call the vet, Sandy has a hot spot on her back hip.

Linking up with The Simple Woman.