Once upon a conversation.
It’s New Year. How do you spend your day? I was asked.
I spend my day like a homeschooler.
Why is that?
Being at home (I’m retired) I’m like a homeschooler. Home is freedom from school, from work.
13 years ago I accidentally logged on a blog of Melissa Wiley, a homeschooler mother. She teaches her children at home. She “borrowed” a Rule of 5 by Charlotte Mason of what to teach children every day. Melissa added one more activity and made it a Rule of 6. Here is a link: Rule of 6 to her original post.
Here is the First Five:
• Imaginative play
• Encounters with beauty (through art, music, and the natural world—this includes our nature walks)
• Ideas to ponder and discuss (there’s Miss Mason’s “something to think about”)
Melissa Wiley added: Meaningful work to make it her Rule of 6.
For my part I added one more activity: Writing to make it my own Rule of 6 plus One.
I don’t know how I stumbled on her blog/website. Since that time I used her homeschooling plan of “Tidal Learning” for my daily activities.
As a way of my modification or explanation:
The Good books can lead to Great Books.
The Imaginative play can include Physical Exercise, Tai Chi and Yoga.
Encounters with beauty can also involve Dramatic Art, Poetry and Dance.
Ideas to ponder and discuss include Creativity and Innovation, “things we think about”
Prayer also can mean Silence and Solitude
Meaningful work includes philanthropy of time and work.
Writing ranges from doodling to writing novels.
My Rule of 6 plus One
Encounters with beauty
Ideas to ponder and discuss
I hope you and I can live a simple and harmonious life every day.