Homeschooling and Exhausted?

Parents were joking today at our homeschool co-op  that we are at the beginning of the year and we are already all tired!  There is something about that end of summer (planning and more planning), leading into the start of the homeschool year (where you have to remember that life and disruption is part of homeschooling!), holding it together for children of all different ages –that really can take it out of a momma.

One thing that I was mentioning to a dear friend of mine (hi Sara M!) is that I think protection of the etheric is very important, even in teaching the grades.  So I highly recommend wearing long skirts and aprons during school hours and head coverings of some kind.  I also like silk scarves and warm vests when the weather gets a bit cooler.

The other areas we brainstormed about as a group was having a nourishing diet of warming foods and getting enough sleep!  Going to bed is so vitally important when you are homeschooling!

I think there is one other piece as well:  this really wonderful idea of the rhythm of the week.  The grains of the day, the color of the day, the scent of the day.  I wrote about the grain of the day a long time ago, but here is that back post if you have never seen it:  http://theparentingpassageway.com/2008/11/23/steiners-grain-of-the-day/

This is my current dream: to order some long skirts/dresses and long aprons from Dharma Trading Company and to dye them in the  color of the day.  Then I have clothes for every day of the school week in the right color AND I protection from becoming drained during the school day!

Rhythm is a key help in homeschooling, parenting and life.  If you feel like you need to jump start your rhythm, here is a back post to help: http://theparentingpassageway.com/2009/03/13/baby-steps-to-waldorf-rhythm/

Many blessings,

Carrie

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6 thoughts on “Homeschooling and Exhausted?

  1. Hi Carrie,

    I was wondering if you could share more about the role of the headcovering. Are you referring to keeping your head warm, or protection from negative entities by virtue of covering your head…

    Also, I dont know if I would go so far as to have a specific color for each day…however, I do feel that how we use color in the home and especially the teaching environment, has great impact of the overall atmosphere. My home is somewhat “kitchy”…as I am a collector of useful domestic items, but the pervading atmosphere in our home is still one of tranquility and order. I think this is due to some serious consideration being given to order,organization, creating a rhythm/flow, and above all…mindfulness of our voices, body language, and words.

    Just a few thoughts…

  2. Hi Carrie,

    This is the second time recently I have heard mention of wearing an apron to protect the etheric. As someone who hasn’t worn a skirt since about 2001 (pre-baby), and even then just as part of a suit for work, could you please explain more about this? What are the consequences of wearing trousers or jeans?

    I am intrigued, and very keen to try anything which will give me more energy.

    Cathy

  3. I don’t understand the reasons behind this, but the more I think about it the more I realize it works! I have one or two long home-made linen skirts (as a very big gal, finding clothes is always hard for me) and the days I wear skirts and a bandana on my head are the days I feel most calm, peaceful and grounded.

    Maybe I need to order some more linen (in appropriate colors) and make some more skirts! I’ve never been an apron wearer, does that add even another layer? What are the colors of the day?

  4. I LOVE the idea of dying your skirts for color of the day!!! I have never heard of wearing aprons or skirts for peace of calm? Please tell us all about it!

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