Anchor: a person or thing that can be relied on for support, stability, or security; mainstay: Hope was his only anchor.
When we work to become the author of own family life, we take on the authority to provide our spouse and children and ourselves stability. An effective way to do this is through the use of rhythm. If you have small children, it takes time to build a family rhythm that encompasses the year. If you are homeschooling older children and also have younger children not yet ready for formal learning, the cycle of the year through the seasons and through your religious year becomes the number one tool you have for family unity, for family identity, for stability.
I wrote about my homeschool planning method of marking seasonal and liturgical ideas down for each month in past posts. I have written monthly anchor points posts for August, September, October, May and now would like to extend our mood of celebration into June!
June is always an interesting juxtaposition for me personally. It is a month where I often feel very inward because it is often during this time I am going through all the closets, drawers, cabinets and garage space in my home. I organize my school room and take stock. And I am homeschool planning for fall. So in some ways I feel so wrapped up in my own little inner world. I am certain I am terrible company for those around me!
Yet, the juxtaposition is all the time we spend outside in the sun – swimming, at the farm, horseback riding, being at the lake, hiking, camping, bonfires, being outside all day. Yes, the days are growing longer and longer.
This is also a month of introspective history. My home state of Georgia has an amazing history for the month of June. Those of you who love history can check out this link: http://www.georgiaencyclopedia.org/articles/history-archaeology/june-georgia-history. We are working on some badges through our National Parks system, and my oldest child ( a rising seventh grader) is working on a badge about the Civil War. (http://gastateparks.org/JuniorRanger). Are you any of you doing something like this in your state?
Gardening and butterflies are another big part of summer. We don’t have a garden this year, but we will be looking for the green caterpillars that turn into Swallowtail butterflies that often turn up on parsley and fennel.
We will be celebrating some beautiful feasts this month, including:
The 5th – St. Boniface
The 9th – St. Columba
The 10th – St. Ephrem of Syria
The 14th – Flag Day
The 15th – Father’s Day
The 22nd – St. Alban
The 24th – The Nativity of St. John the Baptist
The 19th also is Juneteenth Day, which is often celebrated here in the South with many community events.
What are your anchor points this month?