One of the wonderful things about this fire is the amount of work and homeschooling we are getting done around here. In the summer I feel an urgent need to be outside every moment that I am not in the Birth Center. Hiking, gardening – or even just sitting in our courtyard. The smoke has kept us indoors. So hard – horrible, really. But – it has definitely made getting some of our bookwork done for Oak Meadow easier.
Treska has been at the Birth Center every single day doing an internship for the summer. She arrives at 8:45 and leaves when clinic is done. She attends prenatals, postpartums, births, well-woman exams. She is learning all sorts of skills and how to just observe. She reads and reads and reads midwifery journals and books in her in-between times and does the hard, grunt work that is necessary to run a Birth Center as well. She has a notebook with her that she writes down all her questions in. She also makes lists and lists and charts with highlighted words and sentences. Little bits of yellow everywhere. She writes all the birth stories down. (She has attended 3 in the last week!) She attends the classes on Thursdays. It is pushing her knowledge and challenging her intellectually every single minute. I am proud of her. She comes home extremely exhausted. I know it is because her brain is just working so hard to process things on so many different levels. She is coming into contact with lifestyles that she hasn’t seen before. She has seen different parenting styles, different food cultures, communication differences. She is surrounded by amazing apprentice women who are supportive and friendly.
And Kaya! Every morning Kaya receives an email with her list of assignments for the day. She loves lists and she loves structure.
Today’s list looks like this, for example:
Hi Sweet Kaya!
Here are your lovely assignments for the day!
1. Take the dogs for a good 15-20 minute walk this morning, before we go. The smoke isn’t as bad right now – and we all need a good walk!
2. Piano for 15 minutes.
3. One page in cursive about your feelings surrounding the fire.
5. 10 problems each in addition, subtraction and division level 6. (Lots of good negative number practice)
6. We will do the next chapter in Math together.
7. GERMAN CHAPTERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! You can catch up by just doing one today.
8. Reread one history chapter and read the next one with a paragraph about it.
9. Begin to look up info about Eleanor Roosevelt.
10. Work on Meissen paper. (3-5 pages typed)
love you, love you, love you!
She divided her work into manageable chunks. We will go to the Birth Center in the afternoon and she decided to do a lot of the academic work there. She loves this method – and I do too. I think we both like the routine. I like being able to look back and see what we have accomplished.
Math has been a bit challenging for both of us. We have been doing it together and sometimes an atmosphere of annoyance or frustration will take over. We slip in and out of this. We try to reset the mood with snacks and tea or breaks, but sometimes it doesn’t work. I do feel like it is getting easier each time. Today we went to a local middle-eastern cafe to work on math. We ate yummy home-made bagel sandwiches with eggplant, avocados and onions. I drank a ton of water and was quiet while watching, waiting and correcting her work. It helped it feel more fun. We stayed for three hours and really finished an entire Chapter. She did it well – over and over again until she got it right. We are almost done with her math book for the year and that will be cause to celebrate.
I feel good about our progress, we are definitely constantly learning. I see much forward motion……