Sunday, December 30, 2007
Saturday, December 29, 2007
Then we and two guests went to lunch at our favourite Italian restaurant.
Today, we remember St Thomas Beckett - immortalised in T. S. Eliot's " Murder in the Cathedral." We read about this saint and discussed Henry II. We also sang Good St Wencelas ( for the feast of St Stephen - Dec 26 - well, it talks about th feast of Stephen and better late than never!). And sang some traditional carols for this Christmas period. You can see our carol basket above.
I hope you are enjoying the Twelve Days of Christmas.
Wednesday, December 26, 2007
Tuesday, December 25, 2007
Ever feel like you are in a good place? Or in a dead end?
I feel that we are in a good place, homeschool speaking.
And in a good place, spiritually.
I am reflecting on our two and one half years of living in Sydney.
We previously lived for four years in Adelaide.
Spiritually, Adelaide was difficult for me. Hard to describe, and I can't really go into too much detail here, but there were a number of challenging things that happened, faith wise, and we found no real parish community.
Moving to Sydney was something we did because of dh's work - dragging and screaming and complaining. Trying to make the best of things. We didn't want to be here. We didn't want to leave the oldest three sons.
But we have found that our faith, our spiritual practices, has been restored.
Attending our local parish, a community of Conventual Franciscans, has been the cause of our faith restoration. The weekly Mass and novena in honour of St Anthony of Padua. Lenten and Advent programmes. The prayers and work of the friars. Their example. All this has helped us out of our less-than-stellar spiritual spiral...
We are in a good place. And out of the dead end...
Similarly with homeschooling. I moved from radical unschooling, questioning myself on all my parenting mannerisms, comparing myself to some monolithic unschooling standard, to a bit here and a bit there - some days we do more formal learning, other days we do nothing formal.
P.S. The above is a pic of our new Christmas house decoration – a porcelain carousel. Got it almost at half price. :-)
Monday, December 17, 2007
Sunday, December 16, 2007
Wednesday, December 12, 2007
Monday, December 10, 2007
And this short film is by home educators in Wales - yiou have probably seen it around the internet, but, if not - enjoy!
Learning All The Time