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Why is restful learning and Scholé is important for your homeschool? Let’s compare a sample of days in the lives of two homeschool mothers.
Life at a Frantic, Chaotic Pace
First, our hectic mother rushes to get breakfast on the table and the morning chores are done. Then it’s a load of laundry started while the latest fight begins between two of her children.
Once through the morning chores, she scrambles to get memorization, Latin, spelling, grammar, penmanship, literature, phonics, writing, math drill, math concepts, and a couple of math games in before lunch.
Lunch is a desperate to get children fed, laundry moved, babies and toddlers down for their naps before she and her older children move on to the next part of the homeschool.
She’s exhausted and it’s only noon, but no time to rest. History, science, geography, art, and music practice must be done before running out the door to the many lessons the children have.
Soccer, basketball, ballet, piano, violin, orchestra, ice skating… is there no end? And she still needs to get home to put dinner on the table, get children to bed, tidy the house, and spend some time with her husband.
I don’t know about you, but this is exhausting just reading about it!
How much do you believe the children are retaining from this hectic pace? The memory list? When do they have time to relax, develop hobbies and interests of their own, contemplate what they’ve learned today?
What about yourself? When do you have time to contemplate what you’re studying with the children and apply it to your own life?
Do you even have time to breathe?
A Life of Restful Learning… Scholé
There’s a better way of homeschooling and living. That’s one with a focus on restful learning. Learning should be peaceful, contemplative, with an eye towards the beautiful.
A day where our random homeschool mother enjoys a leisurely breakfast with her children discussing their favorite pieces of poetry, good books they’ve read, and thoughts on the literature book they’re reading as a family.
She and the children move deliberately through the chores before sitting down to the basics. Time spent reading, writing, learning Latin, and studying math… one math program mind you, not three.
Lunch is spent enjoying a family read-aloud, enjoying the new poem the family is memorizing, and cleaning the kitchen as a family.
Quiet time is for everyone in the family, not just the youngest children. The high school teens sit down to read great books in literature, history, or science. The younger children curl up with good books. The little ones sleep. She has time to breathe.
After quiet time, the family separates. Science experiments are completed. History projects are begun. Social activities occur. Lessons happen. Some days the children simply relax and play at home with each other.
Scholé isn’t about reducing the quality of the education as slowing down the pace. It’s about giving you and your children time to breathe, contemplate, and discuss what you’re learning.
It’s about Teaching From Rest.
How do you give yourself time to breathe?