“There is magic in sincere forgiveness; in the forgiveness you give, but more so in the forgiveness you receive.“ – Terry Goodkind 🕊️
GOALS THIS WEEK: Grateful to be alive, not overachieving this week, going to solidify some habits.
Last Week: Spouting tomatoes and clover.
This Week: Sprouting morning glories.
Mental Health: Still invigorated with gardening.
Physical Health: A lot better.
Social Health: Doing well again, at peace.
“Without forgiveness life is governed by an endless cycle of resentment and retaliation.”– Roberto Assagioli
“There is no small act of kindness. Every compassionate act makes large the world.”
–Mary Anne Radmacher
Saturday: Last week I did 43 pages of paperwork. This week I grafted cherry tomato from my first year here onto an avocado tree in my daughter’s square-foot garden. I moved the tall tomatoes into soil bags/aeroponic sponge cells, I soaked morning glory seeds (again) to spout, I moved the clover sprouts onto soil treys, I watered my avocado, which are in shock moving from shade to sun.
Sunday: Last week I was planning to graph tomatoes onto avocado, this week I did already! I was going to start aeroponics again indoors to make salads to eat, this week the aeroponic system is up and running with tomatoes. Used the plant bags for Roma tomatoes. Put lavender/cherry seeds into the freezer to cold stratify. Morning glory seeds soaked yesterday and can spout today. One compost barrel is ready for drop-off, and spouted clover, and alfalfa too. One compost bin set up, one to go. Had fun sailing, and did some Hilo gardening, clutter fight club, and shopping.
Roma Tomato – Germinated in 2 days via paper towel, moved to grow bags. Need more steer manure and vermiculite.
Lavender – Cold stratifying.
Cherry Blossom – Cold stratifying.
Morning Glory – Ready to germinate.
Rhubarb, Clover, Alfalfa – For the Hilo Garden.
Monday: Last week we are starting the medicinal herb challenge. This week I was super tired, but then got inspired and cleaned. Took the trash out. I cleaned up half the patio for bonsai round 2, the morning glories sprouted very quickly this time around, I wasn’t prepared for that and am tired.
Tuesday: Last week I was doing Nebacanezer with the kids, built a chicken coop, and had tacos. This week is more low-key, I was half as tired as Monday. We covered Engineering and social studies and Japanese alphabet. Did a ton of social studies, my son is grappling with carrying ones into tens for math. We have been doing more music.
Wednesday: Last week my mental landscape shifted to gardening.
A few years ago I was talking to an unschooling parent, about what to do during an unschooling day (I’m a homeschooler who does cover traditional subjects in lower rations and fine arts and electives in higher ratios than a traditional school), her children wrote responses to the classics like Aristotle, so in a sense, their school is a continuation of the academy, out doors, freedom of thought, but not freedom to avoid thought… so that school wasn’t unschooling in the way I imagined it.
What I don’t resonate with about Montessory is the no tech aspect, what I don’t resonate about public school is the one method, one opinion is correct, one sized fits all reality they use to be able to teach high volumes, what I don’t like about homeschool, the work can feel very iosolated from reality and become unintegrated in an abstract way, what I don’t like about Charlotte Mason is it’s very draining.
What I love about Montessory is respect for the kids ability and individuality, what I love about public school is the clarity of zones and schema, what I love about homeschool is the ability to fix low skill levels in a targeted way, add more fun things and not kill the natural love of learning and wonder about life, what I love about Charlotte Mason is the outside time seems to give learning more integrated meaning, it seems mentally and emotionally healing.
I’m planning my current day,
(Tech/International/Global Leader Student Time) < Prepare to Save the World
8AM Language Studies
9AM Traditional Subjects
10AM Integration (lab/exploration or homework)
(Montessory-ish Time) < Respect the Kids Natural Learning Process
12PM Cooking or Crashcourse or Cleaning
(Charlotte Masony Time) < Daily Well Being
1PM Exercise or outside
2PM Reading or Art
3PM Free Time
It’s 7:24 now, my son wanted to do math, that would work for me, but no internet so I guess I could cover double-digit addition, but I would rather do it later on.
It was block day at the beach, a successful hand-off of blocks, it was nice a lot of new kids and some old kids and the normal kids, most having a lot of fun with blocks.
Thursday: Last week my daughter’s mental health treatment machine’s wires broke, she spent hours in inconsolable fits. The new wires are on the way. I made some clutter fight club graphics today. Cleaned up the front garden, cutting back weeds, collecting trash, jarring slugs in the slug jar behind the tree, collecting yard scraps… I want to add more vermiculite and steer manure to this really dense soil.
These avocados are doing better, one is doing poorly, I ordered an umbrella for it in case the full sun was the problem, I added steer manure compost in case roots were exposed, I watered and made drams to keep the water in better. I was proud of myself that I added the steer manure instead of “forgetting,” I also want to cut back the weeds and mulch around, maybe even buy trim so it isn’t hard to see the trees…
Friday: Last week we started Japanese lessons finally… which was awesome. This week was mathtastic, we had computer coding too, but a lot of the younger kids engaged in the Fibonacci series addition and some grouping by fives.
Something new this week: Found this quote: “The more we value things outside our control, the less control we have.” – Epictetus
Something good this week: All three of our coding families independently working, it’s nice to be together, but knowing they continue at home makes me feel like our program has rippled outward into the world.
Something unexpected: A larger amount of gift bananas… more than I ever expected.