Amen Rebekah! Hear Hear!
I LOVE CM too...but #1 She didn't have children, did she? #2 She ran a school...so all the children were school age. #3 She had other teachers too...didn't she? #4 She probably had a cook to make meals? I'm guessing, she didn't have to stop everything and run to the kitchen to whip up a meal for the masses. #5 Did she have to do her own shopping? #7 Was she married--with all that entails? #7 When we try to get the ideal perfect CM education, do we realize that we are trying to recreate not what one woman did, but that one woman and ALL her helpers...and #8 she and they did it without a nursing baby at the breast or a toddler who just spilled the forbidden bubbles on the carpet and danced in them or a husband who asked us to rearrage the priorities for the day to accomdate X...etc. --the littles make my days take longer than if they were all older! #8 Also, she obviously lived in an area a tad more conducive to outdoor exploration...when we hit wind chill -25, I am sorry, but my kiddos and I are NOT going to study the rabbit prints in the snow. I won't normally go out in sub-zero--which is pretty often here! And my friend in Phoenix has the same thing...when it is 120, they stay INSIDE!
We always must be careful in what we are trying to do. Are we trying to mimic all the details and kill ourselves doing it...when I read 4 hours a day I just about sat down and cried. It is not realistic. It is not really doable...for many reasons. And a napsack and a hike out for the day with a 7, 4, 2, and 9mo gluten free dairy free on a budget 1/2 the size of some of the ones I read about here the other day --so no sanck foods, no fillers--is funny. It would take a suitcase or two of stuff to do a little exploration like that. And I am NOT physically up to it most days.
OR are we trying to create the astmosphere? discipline? life? that she espoused? Am I inpired to get out with the children more--yes. Am I challenged to bring nature indoors if I can? yes! Am I willing to problem solve and plan for outdoor explorations...maybe even when daddy is home, absolutely...
she was a great woman with great ideas. but she was just that a woman...in her unique circumstances. as are we. unique. and i can't kill myself trying to squeeze my life into her sized/shaped life. It is like trying to wear someone elses shoes on a 15 mile hike. setting self up for failure.
again, we must take this insane pressure off. use these ideas and methods to inspire and grow ourselves...not copy --not make into one more law based rule we must follow or we just aren't doing it right! the cm way. And, let me confess...that I am preaching to myself as well!
Also, I might as well say. I am doing more science than is recommended. And more of probably several things...as relaxed as I can...but I am house bound, snow bound, ridiculous minus temps, etc. for many many months...with some very HIGH energy kids...I am trying to create a wonderful learning enviornment for my very science/art oriented spongy girl who is desperate for new ideas, acitivities, etc...and who without them just gets into more and more trouble as she bounces around this house in the winter...so if my children are FLOURISHING as we study more and do more activities and stimulate them with ideas...that is what I am going to do. I am using all of the CM methods that I can...but I am refusing to make her word--my law. That place is reserved.
Sorry for the vent. I am a very law based person. AND this is an area I am determined to grow in. Please know that I mean no disrespect to CM or SCM ...or any of you ladies. I have been very blessed by all...
but I don't want all this wonderful cornicopia of awesome ideas and methods to become one more spiritually binding rule to live by...
we are individuals and as such are responsible before GOD to husband our individual resources in our individual circumstances...standing before GOD, I am not going to be able to say...well, I did it that way cause CM said so...LOL. I must take ALL thought and sift it...and find the grains of truth in it that apply to my specific life and circumstances. There could be many other grains of truth in it that would apply to others...maybe when children were older, etc. I am not saying throwing out truth. I do believe Truth is Truth...Jesus is the Truth...I am not saying truth is fluid or anything...just that we must take what are so many amazing ideals...and see what fits us.
Gotta run...really had no idea was about to write all that.