Thursday, September 3, 2015

The Homework Hour

Believe it or not, my favorite time of the day is after dinner when everyone gathers again at the dinner table for "Homework Hour."

We can enjoy a warm beverage or a treat as every family member finishes some kind of work for an hour. It's a communal and collaborative hour. We talk about what we're all working on--whether a family history project for the 5th grader, a Spanish lesson for the 8th grader, finances for Dad, and grading for Mom. I love the togetherness and the lively chatter about what we're learning. Nobody is off hiding in a room or at a lonely desk somewhere; we're all just here with one another and enjoying the blessing of schoolwork.

Last night we institute the "Homework Hour" once again as the new school year and semester begins. Even if there's no homework assigned, we encourage some kind of work for the hour. Maybe we work ahead and anticipate what's coming. Maybe we start a new art or writing project.

Nobody asks to watch television or use technology during this hour. Why would we? It's too much fun being together like this as the hot and humid days of summer transform into the crisp and cozy evenings of autumn.

I can hardly wait for Homework Hour.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Like Anne of Green Gables

I finish reading Anne of Green Gables a few nights ago. This morning on the walk to school, a new little delight of a child walks beside me, and she has named sections of our journey just like Anne does on her own walk.

There's the Path of Peril, the Wondering Way, and others that I cannot remember. What I do remember is this: the reason why the one stretch of an impossible sidewalk's hill is called Wondering is that you can't make it to the top without distracting yourself with wondering about something.

I shall forever wonder on the Wondering Way. I shall be my bravest self on the Path of Peril. I shall traverse the Transfixing Trail. I shall pick juicy fruit when we pass Raspberry Delight.

What a glorious morning here in our neighborhood!