Saturday, June 27, 2009
Having rained 27 out of the last 29 days here, I decided to make a list from E.A. Parish's in-depth article, "Suggestions for Holiday Amusements" to have on hand. Copyright law prohibits me from linking directly to Ms. Parish's article but you can access it -- along with a great number of vintage Parents' Review articles -- at the fantastic homeschool resource Ambleside Online (Parents' Review Volume 14, 1903, pgs. 366-373). This is a six-page article and well worth the read - I've simply extracted the suggestions for occupations and interests.
1)Games/Sport (i.e., cricket, football, tennis, hockey, etc.,).
2)Serving Others: working for missions, for the poor or teaching another a handicraft.
3)Make objects suitable for sale or presents using handicrafts already learned.
4)Read aloud as a family.
5)Read a Shakespearean play together with family members each taking a character.
6)Read a book in a foreign language.
7)Go on holiday excursions.
8)Properly classify and arrange collections in a home museum.
9)Grow a botanical garden.
10)Grow a vegetable garden.
12)Family Scientific Society (each person chooses a subject, does his/her research and gives a presentation when the family is assembled).
13)Learn a new handicraft (i.e., elementary bookbinding, cardboard Sloyd, Linoleum Chip Carving, carton work, basket work, clay modeling, scrapbooking).
15)Learn a new physical exercise (i.e., swimming, rowing, boxing, fencing).
16)Go on expeditions (either archaeological, architectural, historical or literary).
-make a detailed study
-produce rough maps
-sketch what one likes
17)Nature Study (note: this is book free with the outdoors being the facts before your child)
-capture a new season in your nature notebook
-keep a flower list or a bird list
Common sense warning: this is not a formidable list of attainments for your holidays, rather suggestions for a multiplicity of interests. Plenty of freedom for your child to explore and form relationships while mom practices masterly inactivity.
So, what did we do on the two days that it didn't rain? Played in the water, of course!