For the last few days I’ve been ruminating on what to do over the Christmas holidays. Do we stop all structure in imitation of a school term? Or do we carry on as we are, with some semblance of structure?
Our natural rhythms appear to have answered this for me, because even though we live life at what I consider to be a gentle pace, it seems that actually it may not be so gentle after all: M is so tired she can barely manage simple addition in Mathletics; and I for one don’t have any mental space beyond making dinner and hanging the washing up.
Out of all of us, D leads the most simple life and probably spends 90% of her day playing. Not that she isn’t learning anything, but she certainly doesn’t do as much formal learning as M (which is how it should be considering her age!).
Consequently, M and I are very ready for a holiday, while D has bags of energy. She is desperate to do Reading Eggs and has to be coaxed off in order to give her brain a rest. With this in mind I’ve resolved to take the holidays as they come. If they want to do formal work, they can, if they want to watch Tinkerbell all day, they can.
I’m sure some of you are thinking that you don’t really ‘holiday’ from home education because learning is everywhere, but this Christmas we will be at my parents’ in Nottingham for 2 weeks and so for us it will be a break from the norm. Knowing the sausages, they will be learning in every which way: they are unstoppable.
Here are a few snapshots of what we’ve been up to today in Nottingham:
There’s been a long game of chess this afternoon which, according to Granddad, is “very tense”. M didn’t seem in the least bit perturbed though. Granddad has asked to continue the game in the morning, ha ha. Watch this space to see if he will be beaten by a 6 year old…