While our home education program isn’t centered on teaching our children to feed themselves & live in a community responsibly, it does make up a pretty important part of it. What a blessing it is to have them all here with us every day so that while learning to feed ourselves and all the little details it entails that we are able to keep our focus on the Lord…. together.
We had established lots of old patterns, habits, that kept things running smoothly in our old home. 2 1/2 acres seems so manageable now that we have 3 times that much land to work… 8 children a lot more work than 7… Every day is a struggle between choosing food, clothing, or education as we go about our work in this world. (Cleaning seems to have taken a seat way in the back.) I can’t keep up with it, let alone get ahead.
While I’m looking forward to falling into new routines and things running more smoothly in the future, for now I need to be satisfied with my decision to be content with food & raiment the focus of my managerial duties. “Formal” schooling is fitting into the nooks and crannies of time and I’m thinking about calling us “unschoolers” for a season and hope it doesn’t become a habit. No, I could see that happening far too easily, perhaps it would be best if I kept pressing to fit it in. I was really quite happy with the whole arrangement, am sad to see it isn’t working right now, and must be determined to make it work once again!
Meanwhile, it is good to know that there are others who would find an emphasis in DIY food production part of a good education.
Now to go tweak that Agrarian School Calendar & write up some lessons for next week…
What do you think should be the center of a child’s education?