For several years now I had been in this period of life where things were sometimes light, sometimes dark, but usually just a mingled grey. It started with overwhelm as things slowly happened one after another, built up and then moved into this climax of life: people passed away that I loved and things that I loved died. I hung on to being in the now, because the future seemed far away and murky with nothing there to really grasp or see. I also felt like I was in the “middle” a lot, and just didn’t feel strongly enough to “really” fit anywhere. All I had was the faith that God had a plan for me, and perhaps, yes, even a plan for the me that I am outside of my own children and family. I felt like He was calling me to something, but I had no idea what.
In this Eastertide, in this very first inkling with the seedlings of the earth, several things started mingling in my head and my heart….It started with Continue reading
The last post I wrote about the twelve year old was here: http://theparentingpassageway.com/2013/09/10/the-twelve-year-old/. I have a little girl who is almost thirteen now, and I wanted to write some more things about the twelve year old before we move out of this age.
First of all, The Gesell Institute has some things to say about the twelve year old in general terms which most parents find helpful. In general, the age of twelve is more calm and tolerant of everyone around them than eleven year olds. Isn’t that a relief? Twelve year olds tend to be kind of detached with their mothers, and sometimes with their family in general, but friendly. Twelve is also often willing for adults to have some of their own “adult’’ life and not watch too carefully over that. Twelve year olds are more tolerant of siblings (sort of!)…in general, twelve year olds get along well with siblings who are under the age of four and those over the age of sixteen. So, sibling quarreling can still exist. Friends are important, too. Most twelve year olds are branching out to have a larger social circle. I have found this to be true with some homeschooled children, and not true with others. Opportunities to make friends and be a friend are part of being twelve.
Other points about twelve: Continue reading
You can see where my sixth grader and I left off in history in this last post about Ancient Rome here http://theparentingpassageway.com/2014/01/24/gallery-of-work-from-sixth-grade-ancient-rome/ (There are three separate posts about Rome on this blog). We moved on to Medieval History this past month so I wanted to finish up our sixth grade history journey for you all.
My main resources were: Continue reading
do things that are child-like. Love them anyway.
push “buttons” that you didn’t know you had and push boundaries. Love them anyway.
go through hard challenges and problems because they are human. Love them anyway.
bring up your own baggage from the past. Love them anyway. Continue reading
In the tradition of Rudolf Steiner’s inner work according to the rhythm of each day of the week, today (Wednesday) is the day of “Right Standpoint”. It is this idea of ordering our lives with harmony. Put our lives in harmony with our values. Put our lives in harmony with nature. Put our lives in harmony, I would say, with God and the purpose God has set you here on earth for. (As a Christian, I see definite purposes for my life as laid out in the Bible and by the Early Church fathers). Life is one of the means, a tool, to our own inner development as a human being.
If this is important for us as adults to work on, how much more important is this for our children who are still developing? And, because our children are developing, it is up to us to help order their lives in these ways.
We can say no to media and screens because it is “entertainment” that is often full of sarcasm, violence, hypocrisy, and fills time instead of having our children learn to create and order their own time.
We can say yes to Continue reading
These are a few of the reading lists I have for multicultural children’s literature for the English speaking reader:
Children’s literature by Native American authors – from preschool through high school/adult reading: http://www.slj.com/2013/11/collection-development/focus-on-collection-development/resources-and-kid-lit-about-american-indians-focus-on/#_
One of the best sites I have found for African American children’s literature: http://www.best-childrens-books.com/african-american-childrens-books.html (by grade and also award winners by year).
For Asian/Pacific Rim children’s literature: http://childrensbooks.about.com/gi/o.htm?zi=1/XJ&zTi=1&sdn=childrensbooks&cdn=parenting&tm=103&f=20&su=p284.13.342.ip_&tt=3&bt=5&bts=75&zu=http%3A//www.nea.org/grants/29506.htm and here: http://www.cynthialeitichsmith.com/lit_resources/diversity/asian_am/asian_am.html (if you look on the sidebar there are links to books of Chinese heritage, Japanese heritage and Korean heritage). There are also literature awards focused on Asia/Pacific Rim Children’s Literature. The award winners for 2013 are here: http://www.apalaweb.org/2013-asianpacific-american-award-for-literature-winners/
For children’s literature by Latino authors, by grade level: http://ccb.lis.illinois.edu/Projects/Additions%20on%209-20-07/CCB/CCB/mhommel2/Booklists.htm
For children’s literature regarding the Middle East: http://www.pragmaticmom.com/2011/08/top-10-arabic-american-childrens-books/ and an extensive list here: http://bernadettesimpson.com/Childrens-YA-Books-MiddleEast.pdf
If you have a list on your blog of your favorite children’s literature as related to your religion or your cultural heritage, please leave a link in the comment box so my readers can find it!
It is that planning time of year again, and I wanted to share with you all six books that I have found really indispensable on this homeschooling adventure. All except one will carry you through all of the grades, so here goes! Continue reading