My holiday wish for you

Published by Lori Pickert on December 7, 2008 at 05:09 PM

Do less. Enjoy it more.


Comment by Sarah Jackson on December 7, 2008 at 05:49 PM

sounds just perfect to me.

Comment by Lynn on December 7, 2008 at 06:06 PM

Hello Lori
I am new to your blog & gaining a lot from it! I love the idea of unit studies, but they never full satisfied! Project! how obvious & brilliant! LOL! Please may i ask if you could point me in the direction of some good material about learning styles?
Kind regards

Comment by Lori Pickert on December 7, 2008 at 06:31 PM

sarah, me too.

hi, lynn, and thank you! could you be more specific? i’m not sure what you mean by learning styles ..

Comment by Lynn on December 7, 2008 at 07:20 PM

hello Lori
sorry I havent explained myself properly. I was meaning the different ways children learn. Some (most?) need to be hands on, etc...

Comment by Lori Pickert on December 7, 2008 at 08:48 PM

hi, lynn, i’m sorry — my fault. terms in education are applied all over the place. and in the U.K. especially, sometimes one thing means something different from what i am used to. :^)

are you thinking about, say, howard gardner’s theories of multiple intelligences?

i feel project-based learning fits to any learning style — and it is exceptionally hands-on. ;^)

even working with a large group, in a classroom say, project work tends to seek its own level — finding each child at their challenge level, giving each child their own entry point, respecting and celebrating differences.

Comment by Kerrie on December 7, 2008 at 10:40 PM

hi Lori, really been enjoying your posts and want to learn more about project learning. I have 2 boys 7 and 5 and we have just finished our first year of homeschooling, so learning every day...about what works for us and what doesn't. So I will be visiting often to get some of your great tips. thank you!

Comment by SnippetyGibbet on December 8, 2008 at 12:35 AM

I was a Scrabbleholic before I discovered blogging.

Comment by Lori Pickert on December 8, 2008 at 01:29 AM

i love scrabble. oh, i miss scrabulous! sob.

Comment by Juli on December 8, 2008 at 02:25 AM

That sounds wonderful!

Comment by Jill on December 8, 2008 at 04:05 AM

You are a very generous and gracious lady! I like this picture too!

Comment by randi on December 8, 2008 at 05:13 AM

I love this post! Simple and to the point. Thanks for the reminder!

Comment by Mariah@Playful ... on December 8, 2008 at 11:24 AM

Looks like heaven on earth...

Comment by allie on December 8, 2008 at 11:46 AM

excellent advice! there will be lots of sleeping late and scrabble playing around our house. enjoy!

Comment by Aimee on December 8, 2008 at 12:52 PM

Hi, Lori!
I have missed the last few Saturdays. We are busy with Holiday fun stuff! So I would love to join the forums and I have a question. So in the school I taught, since the children were learning in a community, they really facilitated their learning. As an example, when we were working on a plant project and a group were painting how the bean plants were growing, one girl in particular painted the bean plant very clearly. Other chiildren noticed this and it led all of them to paint better. They became better observers and documenters! This was a beautiful thing to witness and I mourn the loss for my own children!

So my question is, how do I translate this into Homeschooling. My daughter (4), is painting and drawing lots of flowers, but I worry if I give too many "helping ideas," it will take over her work. Since there are no other children who are painting flowers with her, though her 1 year old brother does love to paint, will she make these leaps herself?

Also since most of her work is 2-d, this week, we will have out clay, with a vase of flowers as a provocation!
Thanks, Aimee in North Carolina

Comment by Lori Pickert on December 8, 2008 at 05:09 PM

thank you, ladies. :^)

aimee, oh, i know. there is nothing like a group of children working together. copying from each other, extending each other’s work and ideas, challenging each other. i miss it, too!

you *can* bring in collaboration while homeschooling. on the one end, you can simply invite over some friends or relatives to make art together. on the other end, you can start a project group and get together during the week to work together on a topic. and there are many solutions between those two.

re: “helping ideas” i would simply work beside her if you want to and then, if she is working observationally, it’s perfectly fine to ask “do you see anything more you can add?” you can do drawing exercises (there are some listed in my art lessons section) to strengthen and practice her drawing skills. these should always be fun, not a pressured thing.

the three-year age gap may seem large now, but my sons are three years apart and they worked very well on projects together once the younger one was four or five. so you do have that to look forward to!

yay re: the 3D work -- let me know how it goes!

Comment by Kit on December 8, 2008 at 05:11 PM

I just want to say a quick hello! You stopped by my blog (thank you!) and I came over here to check you out. I am intrigued! I will have to come back with a cuppa when I have a little more time. In the meantime, thank you for the lovely pic and reminder. (sigh) I can't wait until my boys are old enough to enjoy scrabble! Since no one else in my family wants to play with me, I will simply have to train some players to join me! :)

Comment by Lori Pickert on December 8, 2008 at 06:05 PM

hi kit, and thanks for stopping by. no one will play with me, either, because i’m *awesome*. ;^) the boys love to play, though, and i handicap myself by only playing words they’ve heard of. :^P

Comment by Susana on December 8, 2008 at 10:22 PM

Thank you for such a great wish-gift. I wish the same for you and yours. xo

Comment by Lori Pickert on December 8, 2008 at 10:58 PM

thank you, susana — we’re on it! ;^)

Comment by Sam on December 9, 2008 at 04:37 AM

a thousand times yes!

Comment by Shellyfish on December 9, 2008 at 06:41 AM

So be it! Beautiful wish for everyone!

Comment by Thimbleina on December 9, 2008 at 02:03 PM

I'm up for the do less!

Comment by Lori Pickert on December 9, 2008 at 03:50 PM

sam, i can tell you’re not going to be a hard sell. ;^)

shelly, yay! yes, i wish i could sprinkle a little “do less, enjoy more” dust on all the frantic shoppers. ;^)

thimbleina, yes, let’s sit down and relax a bit. we deserve it! ;^)

Comment by Lucia on December 12, 2008 at 01:42 PM

Lori, I am going to write this down on several pieces of paper...big and small. I am always trying to simplify and yet at times I allow myself to get bogged down or even overwhelmed by the process of trying to do less. Crazy isn't it? I especially love the second part of your wish....enjoy more. That's what I am going to focus on this holiday season. This it's been kind of a struggle for me to get into the holiday spirit so I am just going to focus on doing what feels good with my kids and let go of all of the "shoulds" and "have to"s. Wishing you and your family a peaceful and simple holiday season.

Comment by Lori Pickert on December 12, 2008 at 02:57 PM

lucia, that sounds like a great plan. :^)

xo & have a wonderful holiday!

Comment by SarahA on December 10, 2013 at 05:06 PM

Thanks for this Lori. Partly inspired by your masterclass and all that I learnt there, about two weeks ago i decided to make slowing down and being un-stressed (nay, being relaxed!) my goal for this holiday season. And it's working! I said no to offers of work, no to a couple of party invitations, and yes to making shortbreads with my girl and just hanging out doing 'nothing' and yes to making wrapping paper and wrapping presents together and sewing clothes 'together' for her Christmas doll which has somehow ended up in her hands before Christmas! Thanks for reminding me to take the Scrabble board to our extended-family holiday and all best wishes to you and your family for this holiday season, and many thanks for the work you do, so generously mentoring people around the world.

Comment by SarahA on December 10, 2013 at 05:07 PM

Whoops. Now I see this post is from yonks ago! : )

But I am sure you will see it.

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