Julie Bogart says that in the Fall we’re all Classical educators, in the Winter we’re Charlotte Mason, and by Spring we’re unschoolers. It’s a sort of funny comment on flagging motivation as the year wears on. But I think there might be something deeply true about the phases she describes.
There really are natural rhythms to the family learning project. Melissa Wiley calls it tidal homeschooling. There’s something about Fall that beckons us indoors to stacks of books, fresh journals, and pots of tea. There’s something about the long nights of Winter that shorten our concentration for anything but good stories. And come Spring it becomes hard to stay inside at all.
These cycles don’t have to be a (negative!) comment on our commitment to homeschooling. We aren’t aiming for a mass produced industrial product afterall. Our homeschools are organic, living things. They change over time and follow the motions of the Spirit.
Where have you noticed these rhythms in your own home and work life? And how have you nurtured them?