Over the holidays, I decided to take a short hiatus from blogging on The Learning Leaf. Once the Christmas season started it did not stop! It is finally slowing down and becoming life as usual –
or as close as you can get.
During this season, the posts stopped as did “formal” instruction of Mason and Madison. Life went too fast to plan, create, and implement like I had been. After wrestling with guilt over “not instructing” my son, I heard that lovely still small voice of my Lord, “It’s ok. Mason is only four!” It was a gentle reminder that all is well. Yes, Mason loves to learn and he thoroughly enjoys the activities that are crafted. However, he is four and is still very much learning through play, our outings, and every day life.
With this hiatus, I saw and began to have a clearer focus that we will be doing more formal “schooling” when Mason turns 5. This also gave me clarity to see my focus between now and then is to tweak my life scheduling and organization where my house, business (The Crafting Tree), and book writing are concerned. Time will look very different and have different demands within 6 months or so. Between now and then, I get to gain the upper hand in letting the Lord show me His time management strategies for me.
This is exciting. A focus, which results in forward movement. I’m sure I will continue to have some fun, creative, learning activities for both Mason and Madison. As I am sure I will be creating some of my own to share as well. This new focus, however, will change the flavor of the posts for the next few months –
How exciting to watch and see!
Warning: Under Construction
As I sit to write this post, life is swirling around me. After all, life happens doesn’t it. I have many pictures in my head of what things should look like and how they should all shake out. Then, at the end of the day or week, I look back and it’s just not what I thought it would be. Sometimes this is fine, after awhile I start to wonder…is there something I need to change?
In regards to the past two weeks, I look back and reflect on activities I have done with Mason and wonder…have I done enough? I don’t want to cheat him. I don’t want to overwork him. I don’t want to get caught up in the striving of planning four lessons a day, making sure to cover all standards for the week, etc. I came from there, I don’t want to go back.
I have wondered this past week, if I should begin to get a lesson planner and go to setting plans down for the week. After all, I am familiar with this, maybe it would work? Then, I think to myself…Mason is four. I’m really not ready to push the whole, let’s do a pre-scheduled school week structure.
Life is swirling.
I do have a feeling that there will come a day when I am more planned out in a process and procedure for learning. I know the Lord will lead us into that which is right for us. However, right now, I just don’t know what that looks like. I don’t want to neglect, and I don’t want to push. I want to foster Mason’s natural love for learning and foster new experiences. There are times I am overwhelmed and wonder just what have I gotten myself into! I know this is the path for us, and the path I desire to take. I must also say that at times, I feel completely ill equipped for the journey that is ahead. Yet I know, all is not lost and we are doing ok. I think.
Fall Tracing Sheet
- I noticed this week that Mason was having some trouble writing numbers, which he had been doing well with. So, we used a writing workbook from the store that has pages to trace and write numbers.
Fall Word Search
- Again we used the All About Fall pack mentioned above. We used page 15, which is a fall word search. I wasn’t exactly sure how he would do with this, since it was a little more involved than other word searches we have done. He did great, and we were able to talk about each word and how it pertained to Autumn. Score!
Season Characteristics – Fall Trees
- Page 8, in the All About Fall pack, is a tree color-by-number sheet. I was doing this more as an arts-and-crafts type project, but while coloring we ended up talking about two types of trees – those that lose their leaves and evergreens that stay green through the winter. A wonderful blend of art and science!
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