We’re in ‘Week 2 of Unexpected Homeschooling’ as I write this. Lunch is cleared away and I’m sitting in the quiet on the sofa. This is my sanity hour and I highly recommend it!
Since the kids were small we have kept ‘nap time’ and so the children are used to going to their rooms or own space for an hour. If they are engrossed in something it’s often longer. I wouldn’t want to interrupt them after all, would I?!
With this ‘Unexpected Homeschooling’ predicted to last for a few months, this post lunch rest time is going to be key for me and for the family. My children know I’ll be tired and grumpy if not. So if you are having to juggle work – here is an uninterrupted hour. Or just an hour to collapse with a coffee and close your eyes. The kids in our house appreciate having some time apart and come back together for the afternoon wanting to see each other. Always a bonus! If you haven’t introduced a rest time of some description into your day already, I really recommend it.
What the children might get up to in their rest time is obviously age and interest dependent but here are some ideas to get you started:
- school work for older ones
- read a book or magazine
- write letters
- keep a diary
- look at picture books
- quiz and puzzle books / suduko
- jigsaw puzzles
- play with toys – dolls, cars, trains
- construction toys – lego, marble run, kapla planks
- loom bands, Hama beads, aquabeads
- electronics kit
- design a game
This quiet hour can be a particular challenge with young ones who perhaps don’t like playing independently for too long, but this is where audiobooks have been my answer and I hope they will be a massive help to you too.
Over 20 audiobooks my 5 year old enjoys:
More Audiobook Recommendations:
* Daily Routine/Structure
– including getting up and on with the day
* Daily Fresh Air
– explore the nature in your area Continue reading
With Shrove Tuesday and Ash Wednesday upon us, I’ve updated my book list. Perhaps you are looking for ideas for your family or as gifts for godchildren or grandchildren, you can browse my list here, Continue reading
I will defend the importance of bedtime stories to my last gasp.
— J.K. Rowling
Rowling talks of bedtime stories, and of course there is something special about children all ready for bed being read aloud a story about a faraway land before they drift off to the Land of Nod. Continue reading
There are few stronger family bonds than this habit of devoting an occasional hour to reading aloud, on winter evenings, at any rate. The practice is pleasant at the time, and pleasant in the retrospect, it gives occasion for much bright talk, merry and wise, and quickens family affection by means of intellectual sympathy. Indeed, the wonder is that any family should neglect such a simple means of pure enjoyment, and of moral, as well as intellectual culture.
— Charlotte Mason, Formation of Character
Happy New Year!
With my elder two at school since Easter, it has been very special to have time in the day to read longer chapter books to my four year girl that are pitched just for her. Continue reading
Barcelona, a fountain of courtesy, shelter of strangers, hospice to the poor, land of the valiant, avenger of the offended, reciprocator of firm friendship, a city unique in its location and beauty.
— Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra, Don Quixote, 1605
Half term took us to the wonderful Barcelona for a few days, both “unique in its location and beauty” as Don Quixote exclaimed. Of course this was centuries before four great masters of modern art, Gaudí, Miró, Picasso and Dalí added their creativity to the city. Continue reading
O hushed October morning mild,
Thy leaves have ripened to the fall;
Tomorrow’s wind, if it be wild,
Should waste them all.
The crows above the forest call;
Tomorrow they may form and go.
O hushed October morning mild,
Begin the hours of this day slow.
Make the day seem to us less brief.
Hearts not averse to being beguiled,
Beguile us in the way you know.
Release one leaf at break of day;
At noon release another leaf;
One from our trees, one far away.
Retard the sun with gentle mist;
Enchant the land with amethyst.
For the grapes’ sake, if they were all,
Whose leaves already are burnt with frost,
Whose clustered fruit must else be lost—
For the grapes’ sake along the wall.
— Robert Frost
Doesn’t Robert Frost capture the beauty of the season beautifully?! The leaves are falling and the skies are grey. Autumn has arrived. Continue reading
Write what should never be forgotten.
— Isabel Allende
Understanding the past is fundamental to who we are in the present and the kind of society we seek to build into the future. Historical fiction is one way we can help our children to inhabit the past, Continue reading
“If you don’t like to read, you haven’t found the right book.”
I have fond memories of arriving at my grandparent’s in Spain each summer, and my grandmother had thoughtfully chosen books from their bookshelves and put them on my bedside table for me to enjoy during my stay. Continue reading
The world of reality has its limits; the world of imagination is boundless.”
— Jean-Jacques Rousseau
With the summer holidays fast approaching, there is plenty of time to develop the world of our imagination. We find audiobooks a great way of immersing ourselves in stories, so here are some we’ve enjoyed this year that you might like for your travels: Continue reading