Wednesday, September 4, 2013
Shifting into Our Fall Rhythm
While the world around us began school yesterday, we slowly began to move into our fall rhythm. We have spent most of the summer flowing with the season, no real plans, no true rhythm, with the exception of meal times, we very rarely stray from our meal time rhythm. So this week is about slowly bringing back the rhythm that flows through our days during the fall, winter and spring seasons.
It means taking some mama time early in the morning while the rest of the house still sleeps. It means enjoying our morning circle time again with songs, stories and games. It means a return to our weekly baking rhythm, getting back into the habit of baking bread, muffins, cookies, and so on. It means a return to regular water colour painting and more time spent at the arts and crafts table creating. It means settling in and getting comfortable for the season of ahead.
I have spent some time over the last few weeks doing a little planning and feel really great about the rhythm our days, weeks and months will take. Monday, Tuesday and Thursday will be home days. We will begin with our morning circle, then head outside for a nature walk. I picked up a lovely little basket for Reece, why didn't I think of this sooner. He took it on our nature walk yesterday and had a blast filling it up with wild flowers, pine cones and rocks, and guess what, my hands were free! Such a great addition to our nature walks. Back at home we will settle in for a snack and maybe a little reading, then Reece will have some free play time while I get ready for lunch. After lunch we might do some crafting, handwork or baking, there will definitely be more time to play and time outside and I can pretty much guess there will be more time spent reading stories as well. These days at home will be pretty low key, and will leave lots of room to follow Reece's lead with whatever happens to be holding his interest at the moment.
We will enjoy days out on Wednesday and Friday. On alternate Wednesday's we will be meeting some friends for a little nature adventure in the morning, and the afternoon will be filled with a trip to the library and errands. On the other Wednesday's we will hit the pool in the morning, head home for lunch and then off to the home of another homeschooling family so our boys can play.
Friday's will be nature days. Alternate Friday's will see Reece spending time with a young lady and a few other kiddos in the woods for a little nature connection and mentoring. This is still in the discussion stage, but I am pulling out all stops to make it happen. And on the other Friday's we will enjoy a family nature day, just the three of us, exploring, playing and deepening our connection to nature.
The other little bit of news regarding our homeschooling plans is that Reece and I will have another little one joining us one day a week on our journey. She is five and will be hanging out with us on Monday's. It has me both excited and a little freaked out if I am being totally honest. I definitely think it will stretch me both as a person and as a mom.
So there you have it, our plans for the season ahead, but first the rest of this week to move slowly and intentionally into our rhythm.
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sounds like a lovely rhythm! and i bet it will be fun to have an extra friend around one day a week, even if it will take an adjustment. :)ReplyDelete
Thank you, and yes, a little adjustment, but I think it will be lovely to have another little one around.Delete
What a lovely rhythm! I thrive on days that have themes and it sets the tone of the day. You are funny about the nature basket and your hands free!!ReplyDelete
Thanks Karen. You have no idea how lovely it was not to have my hands full of rocks, flowers and whatever else he picked up to bring home :)Delete
Amazing! Thank you so much for sharing and happy, happy autumn to you all! :)ReplyDelete
Thank you, happy to share. Happy autumn to you too :)Delete
Sounds divine and so similar to how we roll around here! Many wonderful wishes sent your way for a magnificent autumn! xoReplyDelete
Thanks my friend :)Delete
what a beautiful rhythm and so honoured to be watching your journey :) thank you for sharing it with us :)ReplyDelete
Awe, thanks Renee. Happy to have you along for the ride xoDelete
It sounds like you have a very nice schedule planned ~ a good balance of at home days, and those days that will take you out and about, meeting, learning, accomplishing. Both are needed. We are just shifting into our new rhythms, as well. I think I may need to do a little more concrete planning, though!ReplyDelete
(I'm glad Reece is enjoying his gathering basket!)
Thanks, it feels good, now we just have to see how it works.Delete
I have been itching to get us back into our fall rhythm as well. Good luck with the new routine!ReplyDelete
Thanks and good luck with yours :)Delete
Sounds like a good life. I'm so glad all of our craziness is settled and we too can fall into a rhythm like this! :)ReplyDelete
It is, KC, it is :)Delete
You guys will settle in pretty quickly I bet, back home and in a familiar place, it won't take long.
Sounds like such a peaceful way to transition into Fall! We are just this week really starting to implement our new Autumn routine, and the changes that brings to our schedule.ReplyDelete
It is, so far. I am sure there will be some bumps along the way, but it should all work out okay.Delete
Good luck as you move into your autumn routine.
I love reading about your rhythm. It's helpful to see what other people are doing and to compare it to some of my own thoughts as I prepare to create a little more rhythm of our own. And I totally understand your feeling nervous about having another little one there one day each week. As you now know my sister is moving back. Well, she may get to start a part time position in November and has asked if I would watch her two girls two days per week. It would only be temporary until her in-laws come (they are moving to town as well) but oh my goodness is the thought of it all making me so very nervous. Reading about your rhythm and thinking a bit more about our own is helpful, I appreciate your sharing.ReplyDelete
Happy to share. I too love reading about others rhythms. Oh you will be great with the little ones, and your little Izzy will love having her cousins around. Can't wait to hear all about it :)Delete