It is printed. The last lesson plan for the last week for the last child in my homeschool.
When my oldest was 5 I filled a notebook with his lessons plans for his entire school career-what we were going to use each year until he graduated.
Yes, I did that.
Planning is such a wonderful thing unless you put too much stock in it. I planned to homeschool all my children through all their school years. And now suddenly it is finished, a few years short of that lofty goal. Life works like that. Things change.
This week in our school district, it's spring break. If you watch the news then you might have heard that the college kids take their dorm brothels South during this time, outdoing even their on-campus shenanigans (impossible though that that may seem).
For families things are not so obviously degenerate.
Since the semester started, my sons Alex and Andrew and I have been reading The Odyssey.
I wanted to write something profound about this study but it has turned out to be just Alex and Andrew and I reading The Odyssey.
For the first time in perhaps my entire life I sat down and watched the whole Super Bowl. Mostly I just read Twitter comments and watched the commercials. I am still not sure why anyone watches an entire football game when the last few minutes is where all the action happens.
Did you know that Flannery O’Connor could not spell? Her spelling was notoriously bad.
For Teachers and Parents:
Often after we help our students begin their lifelong pursuit of learning , we find that after high school our options for continuing a classical education are limited. CiRCE has showcased many fine options for student’s graduating from high school including several classical colleges and John Hodges’ delightful gap year program The Center for Western Studies.
It’s the most wonderful time of the year.
Yes, you heard me right. It's dark. It's cold. But we have just been reminded that in the fullness of time light came into the world. So keep a couple strands of those twinkle lights plugged in for a few more weeks, grab a cup of coffee, and settle into the season of reading.
This the month when you can read seed catalogs but you can’t garden. Sure the kids are fighting and you feel fat but for the next 6 weeks you will have one reprieve: a good book or ten.
With the help of Wes Callihan and his Epics series my sons, Alex and Andrew, and I are reading The Iliad this term. I have read The Iliad before, honest injun, but for most of my children I have just assigned it as reading during their year in King’s Meadow Antiquities. I thought I would enjoy reading The Iliad out loud with these, my last two boys, and learning along with them this year. I fully expect it to inform each of us in different ways.