As a homeschooling family, each day of the week seems to flow into the next. If one day gets sidelined with a spontaneous play visit or beautiful weather beckoning us outdoors to play, we simply squeeze our lessons into the next available day. For this reason alone (and with a Papa whose schedule is all helter skelter in the winter months) homeschooling is so very desirable for our family.
However, as fluid as this all seems, we still have our days of the week that draw us away from our homestead. Wednesdays are a full day of traveling from one lesson to the next. Thursdays are ski days at the hill or our homeschool coop day in town. To help keep track of it all, my children have made a calendar for just their own events. Inspired by the one Forrest made by himself last year, I thought we'd continue the tradition this year. Sunshine helped out with half the illustrations and their collaboration simply makes this mama's heart swell with happiness.
I certainly feel more grounded and organized with my calendars. I like to plan my week ahead, pencil in important activities (play dates! hotsprings! potlucks!) and work around these with our regular weekly activities.
I have noticed that my children also thrive on understanding the weekly rhythm, too. They want to know how many days until Papa is home from the mountains, when a friend's birthday party is, when the Equinox celebration is...Last year, because Forrest was not yet reading, we used symbols that he created to represent guitar lessons, ski days, herb club. This year, he wrote out all the words but in certain colours so his sister and brother could understand, too.
It took several weeks to finish the calendar and with a quick trip into town to the copy store, it was bound for just a few dollars. It hangs in our kitchen and I often find myself delighting in their drawings that accompany each month.
In the past, we have used a Kinder Calendar to help reinforce the cyclical nature of the weeks, months, seasons. Because Sunshine is that age now, she has the task of adding a marble to the monthly "pie" on every Monday. When the marbles have filled the four spots, she knows it is time to change into the next month. (I found our Kinder Calendar here several years ago.)
Rhythm is so reassuring to young children. Knowing what is happening allows them to peacefully and calmly navigate their days, and weeks.
And this calendar certainly is endearing to all of us as well. Indeed, a beloved heirloom from these early homeschool years.