In our last Montessori Spring post, I talked about gardening as advanced practical life for adolescents. This week I am going to continue talking a little bit about plants and how we study them formally past early activities.
I'm still working on a post about the Montessori and GAPS work we are doing with Tomas right now, but it is a long post and keeps getting pushed back. In the meantime, he gave me a beautiful sample of the amazing things he is capable of today so I wanted to share it quickly.
Here in Minnesota, we have a shorter growing season and one thing we do to lengthen that season is to start seeds as early as March. This year I've been working on intentional advanced practical life skills for my adolescent. After many years of starting seeds with all of the kids this time of year, for the past couple years he chose to skip activities like this in exchange for his own interests because he had simply done them so many times before. Once we were working on outside gardening,then he would begin to be more involved in the garden again, particularly in the storing and preserving steps. This year, I decided to give him an opportunity to participate more fully in the oversight and planning involved in raising a large family garden.
Just to be clear, I am aware that it is neither spring nor do we actually have any ability to truly homestead on our little piece of land. That being said, when the weather turns to spring, even just for a day or weekend, we can't help but get out and make the most of it. While we can never fully homestead, we try to do a little more each year and this year will be no different. It was fun to walk the woods, take care of a few chores, plan a few projects, and generally enjoy our spring creek.
A story that is equally tied to both her story and to Tomas'.
You may see where this is going, but indulge me while I drag it out a little bit longer here. I have a suppressed flair for the dramatic. See, we are Catholic. You are probably saying, Yeah Heidi, we get that. We don't get it, but we've heard it all before now please stop talking about it so we can pretend we don't know that.
So next year a really crazy thing is going to happen.
Aidan starts high school.
I remember way back when we started homeschooling and one of the first questions people would ask, "Are you really gonna go all the way through?" Back then, I admit I wasn't sure. Keeping my head straight for an entire school year seemed like enough at any given time. Now, I really don't consider any other option.
For the past couple years I've been reading, quietly listening, and asking questions of friends who have homeschooled through high school and it didn't take me long to realize that this is going to look different in our house. Not just different from other homeschool families, but also somewhat different than what we have done before and I needed to do even a little more prep work than I realized.
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