Looking ahead in 2011 towards our everchanging homeschooling journey

I guess a fresh approach to home education is called for with 2011 coming our way. Since moving to our new abode our needs have changed and with it our priorities. Thus affecting the way in which we intend to homeschool next year.

2011 brings with it the increased ‘official’ load of homeschooling a grade 5 student, as well as a prep student. Side by side the girls will work, independently as well as collectively. The basics will remain in play as they are the building blocks of all learning. But the focus will shift to align with our different way of working and approaching life in general.

Tata is to take on a more important role this year, shifting from ‘principal mode’ into skill builder. He will help build the children’s physical abilities to enable them to generate new skills for themselves. Until now he has overseen much of the learning, ensuring that we keep on track and are ‘doing’ what is expected, but in 2011 he will join together with us in more everyday activities.

My own involvement will also shift from what it has been, to what it now needs to reflect. More spiritual based learning, reflective of where we are now standing. We have some amazing things to do this year. This all involves just being at home in our little piece of paradise yet bringing a little of the greater world into our own back yard.

We hope to widen our children’s natural curiosity, through more hands on projects, more earth based learning and more time outdoors. So as the sands of time shift, so do our own ways, wants and needs.

Let’s hope that we are blessed with the ability to carry forth with our plans and enjoy new and exciting learning for every one of us, and that all those who tread upon our path, either with intent or by a twist of fate, enjoy a glimpse into our learning as much as we enjoy participating in it.

Reflection

Well here we are another year almost over and a new one almost begun. 2010 has been a year of many ups and downs for us. It has seen us search for some where to call our own, only to find mountains that needed to be climbed prior to our triumph. Yet now we have permanently cemented ourselves in the Tasmanian Country side living the Australian dream of owning our own home – once again.

The journey has been long and hard the road full of twists and turns. The possibilities endless, yet the task at times daunting while also exhilarating.

Finally we have settled, made a mark on what is now ours and changed its look forever. Reflections now, are that of our dreams and aspirations, rather than echo’s of the past. The energy of our patch of soil is now changed forever, heightened by our enthusiasm, ready for any upcoming changes that lay ahead.

For me it has been a very strange journey – One that provides me with a sense of being connected and coming home. From the instant I shared breath with this corner of the world I felt at home. I had the need to fight for it, even though others at times were unable to see its beauty. I could feel the energy within and the beauty beyond one’s eyes.

Now as all reside in this corner of the world. I see a true contentment flourishing. A new dwelling has brought us many endings as well as many beginnings. Shifts in time and commitments that better reflect the family’s needs and desires at this point.

All who share and partake in this life here with me are more enthusiastic, more engaged and more involved now that one has the ability to mould and shape their world around them. We no longer live with the constraints of another, but rather with many possibilities that are only restrained by our own imaginations and the opportunities we take.

I foresee 2011 as a year were we each come into our own as we continue to build a life together that reflects our true spirits unleashed by our own patch of grass in rural Tasmania.

I say roll on 2011, we are willing and ready for your arrival.

Along with a new house comes new traditions

Well as soon as we moved into our new house, we realised that we would have to rethink some of the favourite traditions we had created for ourselves over the years.

Usually for us Sunday is ‘Bunday’, well it was until we moved to our new house. Where we used to live the local bakery was just up the road – a five minute drive for us. So each Sunday we would get up, have a shower and jump in the car and drive to the bakery to buy some knot rolls for us all to have for breakfast, once we arrived back home.

We had done this for so long that the children always looked forward to Sundays, knowing it was Bunday. It was one of those comforting constant happenings in their life. So now that we have moved the children wanted to know what we would be replacing Bunday with, since the local bakery is no more and the closest new one is over 20 kilometres away. So we had to have a family meeting and decide what we could do for a new Sunday tradition.

The ideas were varied but in the end we all decided that we would make Sunday, Pancake Day. Since everyone eats pancakes. So for the last three Sundays we have been enjoying creating a new Sunday tradition. At times the children still think it’s Sunday, Bunday, but quickly realise it’s pancake day instead.

Anyway, here are some pictures of our Pancakes.

Now all I have to do is look for a Pancake cookbook, so I can try and temp my family into trying more savoury and sweet pancakes in the future, instead of them eating their usual boring one kind each!

Happy Sunday!