- I developed a terrible wrist-to-elbow problem from too much computer use, so naturally, I had to refrain from computer use (typing).
- More significantly, my husband was away for work for 1 year.
- To top it off, at his mid-way visit, I fell pregnant (unplanned).
- The first trimester found me very sick -- vomiting like I never had in pregnancy. Taking care of my 3 darlings on top of it all was by far the most trying experience of my life *thus far.*
- The day after we returned from 2 months with family in MN (survival escape), I developed a terribly pinched nerve in my right foot, which found me nearly invalid for a couple weeks.
- The nerve problem nearly went away (after getting rid of that mattress -- a comical recurrence in EVERY pregnancy), then I developed ridiculous varicose veins in my right leg, due to an ankle injury from when I was little ... and being unfit. It made standing very painful, but supplementing with horse chestnut extract has helped tremendously!
- I've been spending all my computer time in homeschool-related research and activities.
Thank God my husband is home, breathing life into our little ones.
Instead, I'm completely relaxing any expectations of covering "ancient history" for our timeline and returning to a love of learning. We'll learn about all sorts of interesting people and events, and we'll add them to our timeline wherever they belong.
Afterall, Charlotte believed, according to principles 11 and 12 (AO summaries):
"We believe that childrens' minds are capable of digesting real knowledge, so we provide a rich, generous curriculum that exposes children to many interesting, living ideas and concepts."
"Education is the science of relations" means that children have minds capable of making their own connections with knowledge and experiences, so we make sure the child learns about nature, science and art, knows how to make things, reads many living books and that they are physically fit."I'm not worried one bit about diverging from the recommended sequence of readings. It may remain so for a few years. I know I just need to keep a rich, diverse array of living stories, experiences, and knowledge as a buffet before my little ones.
|My 3 darlings exploring in much masterly inactivity |
on a much-needed family getaway