Give me neither poverty nor riches, but give me only my daily bread - Proverbs 30:8

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Slowing Down

We are taking a break from school this week. It was totally unplanned, but absolutely necessary.

We plowed through Christmas and New Year's without taking more than one day here and there. And when I looked at the calendar late last week, I realized we had two exciting field trips and a long weekend out of town this week. With swimming lessons for the girls and violin lessons for me, it would make a hectic, crazy week to also keep school going.

We've gotten into a good rhythm with school so it was hard for me to make the decision. Even now as I sit here typing this I feel like I could be using this time to make my kids smarter.

But we all need breaks. And in the midst of this week some beautiful things have happened.

The sun is shining bright for the third day in a row (quite a surprise in this rainy month of March).

Violins have been practiced spontaneously and without prompting from teacher/mom.

Bodies have been spread out on the floor and forgotten crafts have been made.

The girls are even playing school ~ teaching their stuffed animals how to read and do math!

Now that we are half-way into our week off, I'm realizing how much this break was needed for all of us.


  1. Jill I so relate to kids playing school during breaks. My kids love playing school with their dolls and what is so funny is what mean teachers they are?! I have no idea where that comes from, really!

  2. Breaks are so important for parent/teacher and kids/students. I made the mistake of thinking, "We're doing so well. We're in such a great and productive routine." But it's good to be shaken out of that routine once in a while and be refreshed - spiritually, mentally and physically.