It’s a quiet Saturday morning. Just the dogs and I are up and moving. Finn is chewing on his rawhide bone on the froofy red pillow that looks like a giant rose and Molly, with hiccups, is sleeping next to my bedroom door waiting for Eric to wake up.
We did it. Our 1st full week of home education. I realized Adrienne has been taking campus classes at MP3 the last few years and so can’t remember what full time school at home looks like. I grabbed that opportunity by the scruff of its scrawny neck and decided to drop her into the middle of “what school at home can look like”.
Now that I’m back to educating full time, I needed an entire day to do creative things with Adrienne. I chose Tuesdays. I figure Monday is our heaviest school day, and Monday already knows it’s the most disliked day of the week, so it wouldn’t mind if we heaped a huge school day on it after the weekend. But then we’d want a day to take that learnin’ and put creative skin on it. And Monday is way more palatable with a creative Tuesday right on its heels. But I wanted to call it something cool (because I do name everything after all), so that just saying the name would make us smile and look forward to it. So I looked up creativity hoping for something to pop out at me:
“…the use of the imagination in the production of an artistic work. Inventiveness, imagination, innovation, originality, individuality.”
…which didn’t really help, cuz nothing rhymes with Tuesday and I couldn’t think of anything catchy using those words. Learning should make us curious, ask questions, want answers, look for those answers. And I want us to respond to learning in a creative or artistic way. Curiosity leads to creativity…
“Around here, however, we don’t look backwards for very long. We keep moving forward, opening up new doors and doing new things, because we’re curious…and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.” ~Walt Disney Company
So Tuesdays have been dubbed: Break Out and Create Day! It was Eric that came up with the name. (He’s pretty amazing like that.)
Days we are going to take a break from the sit down and do and instead, get up and go. Days we will create by baking, drawing, crafting. By making an online scrapbook, or folding origami. By stringing necklaces, or painting a picture. By making a new recipe for dinner or decorating for a holiday. It will be deliberate and take planning while being open to whatever hits us that day, all at the same time.
(We made toilet gremlins just cuz it was fun.)
Most of the time it will connect somehow. It will put “skin on what we’re learning”. Other times, it will just be because it sounded interesting, inspiring, fun, or beautiful or delicious.
“To be creative means to be in love with life. You can be creative only if you love life enough that you want to enhance its beauty, you want to bring a little more music to it, a little more poetry to it, a little more dance to it.” ~Osho
This week we jumped right into our take on an apple tree. (It is the impression of an apple tree. Smiling at you, Kristine.)
We also made Crumb Topping Apple Pie. Since we visited the apple farm, we talked about apple production in Washington State acquired local apples and turned them into dinner. (Don’t judge me. You know you want apple pie for dinner.)
You see, the point of education is to learn something, and Tuesdays are about learning a different way.
“What keeps life fascinating is the constant creativity of the soul.” ~Deepak Chopra