Welcome to Everyday Scholé! Everyday Scholé is a monthly link-up Tonia at The Sunny Patch, Chelli at The Planted Trees, and I run on the last Thursday of the month. We discuss practical ways to bring scholé into your homeschool.
Because classical homeschooling doesn’t need to be difficult, draining, or overwhelming. There are many tips and tricks to bring peace and an atmosphere of restful learning into the homeschool.
Have you thought about what scholé means for you and your family? How restful learning translates into your homeschool? I have. For me, scholé translates into being intentional about our homeschool.
Scholé Translates into Being Intentional
Scholé means I’m intentional about the subjects that we study. My goal is to use a few curricula as possible to get the job done and done well.
Why should I waste my children’s and my time doing two or three math programs when one will do? Now each curriculum does give a different perspective. One drills children in techniques, another introduces new ways of looking at problems to teach children to think out of the box, a third ensures there are no holes.
But how much of the time spent on math is truly learning and absorbing the concepts, and how much is busywork. How much time do we waste that would be better spent learning Latin, reading novels, or playing in the mud?
I also prefer to use one curriculum, such as Tapestry of Grace, that allows me to cover a multitude of subjects for all of my children. It simplifies my life. It allows me to focus on restful learning.
Scholé means I’m intentional about the time we spend on our studies. That doesn’t mean my high school teenagers spend 15 minutes rushing through their work and call it good.
It does mean I keep an eye on how much time my teenagers have to spend on schoolwork while still having a social life. How much time my teenagers have to study while still fulfilling volunteer work, paid work, and outside obligations.
I watch the amount of time we spend on academics because I found there is a balance. Too much time hitting the books, and the kids are too drained to enjoy productive free time activities. Too little time and again, my kids veg.
However if we put in a full day’s work, and I let the kids go… they rush off to program, write books, build forts, study mythology, and fix remote control cars. They are inspired and spend their leisure in productive activities.
Scholé means I’m intentional about planning our week. A week that I don’t sit down and plan is one that we sputter through. Readings don’t get done. Math is avoided. Science is only glanced at. Latin…. let’s just say there is no movement in Latin.
We don’t have the necessary pages for history. The science cabinet is bare. There are no art supplies for morning time. For that matter I don’t even have a read aloud!
Scholé for me means being intentional. When I’m intentional about our subjects, our time, and our plans, I’m relaxed. We’re able to accomplish more in less time. We enjoy the homeschool.
We’re able to embrace scholé.
Be sure to check out Tonia’s and Chelli’s posts on what scholé means to them.