I haven't made a whole lot of headway on Adrian's hooded tunic this week, as I have been getting sidetracked by a slew of other things. I am fighting the urge to cast on something else, but I know that if I do, it will be very hard to turn my attention back to finishing this one. One sleeve and a hood left to do, and some serious blocking (oh, why did I let myself be charmed by these colors and a good price into purchasing a wool/acrylic blend?).
I have several things going in the reading department. I am still reading a biography on St. Elizabeth Anne Seton, which is very good, but I haven't picked it up in a few days. Nor have I been reading Adventures in Orthodoxy, as fun as that one is. Instead, I am turning to the business of planning for the year ahead. It is obvious to me (and must be to everyone who knows me) that I am seeking some change.
I am rereading Elizabeth Foss' Real Learning: Education in the Heart of the Home. I think my love of books and nature, and desire for some structure fits in well with the Charlotte Mason approach to education. But I a am tiptoeing with trepidation into what has hitherto been unknown territory to me. I am reading, thanks to the generous loan of a friend, A Little Way of Homeschooling: Thirteen Families Discover Catholic Unschooling. I am trying to cover our bases and yet not "do school" at home.
I am also still going throug these books--Honey for a Child's Heart, Designing Your Own Classical Curriculum and A Picture Perfect Childhood--for the book lists they contain. I have no formal courses for science, geography or history this year; rather, I am using texts as guidelines and trying to fill in with lots of books at all age levels. This ought to prove rather challenging, as our local libraries are, um, somewhat lacking, there are no used book shops around (unless you count the one that has, it seems, nothing but pulp romance and western novels) and we have a really tight budget. Anyway, I am hoping it will work and that the kids will learn something anyway. Luckily, we have collected a fair number of books ourselves over the years.
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