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.
Beautiful May! Here in the Deep South, the pools are open, people are holding barbeques at the pools and lakesides, everything is in bloom and we are enjoying the sun!
My month will be anchored by these festivals:
1 – May Day – you can see this back post about May Day
10 – Mother’s Day
14- The Feast of Ascension – please see my Pinterest board here
21 – Saint Helena
24- The Feast of Pentecost – please see my Pinterest board here
25 – Memorial Day – please see my Pinterest board here
31 – Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Ideas for Celebration:
- Strawberry Picking if ripe in your area
- Lemonade and cookies
- Make a rhubarb pie or strawberry-rhubarb pie or jam!
- Watch birds nesting
- Grilling, backyard barbeques
- Planning summer vacations
- Swinging in a hammock or on a porch swing
- Gardening, planting
- Outdoor projects
- Celebrate Memorial Day with a community event – some areas offer parades or other activities
The Domestic Life: I think May (and over the summer months) can be a wonderful time to introduce new chores to children and to establish a chore routine in your household.
Homeschooling: I hope to have the vast majority of my planning for six year old kindergarten, grade five and grade eight done by the end of June so that July and the beginning of August can be a true rest. It is moving along! Feel free to check out my Pinterest boards by grade for many ideas. I hope you too are coming along in your planning!