“As soon as I saw you I knew a great adventure was about to happen.”
When I first began my own homeschooling journey I knew I wanted to create a holistic lifestyle of learning with my children, but I was overwhelmed by where to begin. I would read about homeschooling parents who would make chocolate chip cookies and call it math, and spend their days reading the classics and hiking, and I was both envious and perplexed.
I wanted to slow down, spend time in nature, celebrate the natural rhythms of the seasons, and help my children discover their own interests and passions, but I was worried they would have gaps in their education. I struggled to find the balance between what my heart wanted for them and creating a routine and fitting in the less “fun” parts of learning. Discovering Waldorf and Charlotte Mason helped me to bring everything together and create a cozy home environment and family culture that worked for us and made learning together a joyful experience.
A Little About The Name This Lovely Day
I chose the name "This Lovely Day" because I wanted to remind myself and help others in this busy fast pace world, to slow down and take time to enjoy all the beauty and wonder that is all around us. When would I would think about what my vision for homeschooling my children was and what I wanted to share with others, the song, "This Lovely Day," from the musical, Brother Sun, Sister Moon kept coming to my mind. I find great inspiration in the life of Saint Francis, who left behind riches and fortune to be in nature, help the poor, and build a place for people to be together. To quote his own words:
"He who works with his hands is a laborer, he who works with his hands and his head is a craftsman. He who works with his hands and his head and his heart is an artist"
This quote along with another by Pablo Picasso; “Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up” really sums up my intention for choosing this life for my family.
Homeschooling is so much more than just “doing school” at home. Homeschooling is living and learning and working together, head, hands, and heart. There are so many things to balance, so many challenges and so many wonderful opportunities that are unique to this path. That’s why I started This Lovely Day. To connect with and help others like me to make each day of homeschooling the beautiful adventure it should be.
Sincerely from my head, hands, and heart to yours,