This post is not really about Thanksgiving. At least I don’t think it is. It is about resolve, and feeling more comfortable with homeschooling.
Today we had the most awesome day, or I should say, I had the most awesome day. We went to a forest with a Dam [which I have never been to], not properly. I had seen/discovered this place almost 11 months ago when my Dad was visiting and I thought I would come back with S. Who knew that it would take me 11 months? Even with all the extra time that I got with COVID.
Anyways, the best part of the day was hanging out with him. He was so confident and enthusiastic in the forest. We ended up at a Hatchery and saw tons of Salmon. It was an amazing experience for me. I am not sure why, but I left on a high. The experience of seeing the Salmon jumping was just so magical for me, and I have been on Safari game drives where my bucket list is to see a kill. So it is rare for me to get excited. I think though, that I am developing a passion for fish. i am eager to start learning to fish [even though I have been a vegetarian for 25 years].
The walk in the forest and my reading of Call of the Wild + Free has helped me to realize that I am not ready to go back to Waldorf school and hand my Son’s education to someone else. There is nothing more important than educating my Son and that all the changes or things that I would do outside of school to make sure he got the education that I thought he deserved would be tiring for both of us. So instead of course correcting and stealing time on evenings and weekends I choose to own my life and my child’s education. I will homeschool indefinitely.
In order to make this work from a financial and work perspective is going to mean some changes. It is going to mean moving to a less expensive neighbourhood, but also it means finding a neighbourhood where kids are free to roam. This has always been my criteria for a neighbourhood, but now that can be the priority rather than its proximity to school !!! Yay. Also I need to live in a more diverse neighbourhood. Let’s see what the universe has in store for us.
It also means budgeting more fiercely and cutting back [I am not sure how, as I feel we are pretty minimalistic with our consumption – except for food] we are liberal with our food and I always choose organic. However, if I am able to access a garden we might be able to reduce food costs, learn about food and grow our own. This has always been my goal, but without access to a garden it has been hard. Now maybe with this as a priority we will find places. For example I have reached out to the homeschool parents to ask. I think if I prioritize asking for this, I will get it… and I will be one step closer to my goal of growing 70 percent of my own food.
All in all this has been a great day, with a greater resolve for homeschooling. We also had our second painting lesson and it was a great activity.
More on the Call of the Wild + Free here. This book blew my expectations out of the water and I think it should be the starting point for most modern homeschoolers.
What books do you love? What do you think the starting point for homeschoolers should be?