Fall is usually a busy time of year for any family with school aged children. It’s true for the homeschooling family too. The start of a new homeschool year happens and we try to get our schedule set, our routines going, our systems back into gear. Seeing if it all fits in and continuing to adjust as needed is just a regular part of this season. There are also new and different extra curricular activities to add along with others that continue over from last year. Busy, busy, busy.
Connecting with our kids during this time isn’t easy. It is beneficial and we should make the most of it, as mentioned in THIS post. Listening to our kids during quiet moments helps make adjusting schedules and fitting things in easier. We get a much better idea of what is working, what isn’t working and where adjustments are needed. We can try to make it a habit or at least look for places to fit quiet moments into our days.
There are some fun times that we can incorporate quiet moments into during the fall season. Visiting apple orchards or pumpkin patches might not seem like an ideal time but it can be. Our favorite pumpkin patch offers apple cider and donuts for purchase. These can be eaten in the barn where they are purchased, in the pumpkin patch or farm yard while walking around or taken home to eat. We usually eat our cider and donuts while walking out to the trebuchet viewing area and sit down. While waiting for pumpkins to be launched by the trebuchet we have time to talk.
We have a few apple orchards in our area that also offer apple cider and donuts. Our favorite has a lovely garden next to the apple store that can be enjoyed as part of visiting the orchard. We sit in the garden, sip our cider, nibble our donuts, watch bees buzzing around and squirrels chasing each other around trees. These are moments we can talk about how things are going, what we are enjoying in our new curriculum, what we don’t like about our new curriculum, what is going on in our lives at the moment. It is time for me to listen and the kids to let me know where they are and what they are thinking. It really does make it easier for me to make good decisions about what we need to do next or if there are any changes that need to happen or if we just need to slow down for a bit and enjoy the season.
Do you have any quiet moments that you enjoy with your kids during the fall? I’d love to hear about them in the comments below. Also, don’t forget to sign-up for the Homeschooling With Tea’s mailing list. Receive the free, exclusive “Homeschool Art Journal Pack” now and tips, resources, how-to’s and extras in the future.