So sorry for the long silence here on the Pajama School Blog. I’ve been out of town all month, and ended up taking a break from the blog as well. I returned home last night and have spent most of today feverishly trying to catch up with everything that didn’t take a vacation while I was gone. 🙂
Earlier today, when I ran a few errands around town, I could hear it in the air. The sound of the end of summer. The sound of school. It was eerily quiet and the streets seemed motionless as I felt the absence of the children who occupied the outdoors all summer. They have all gone back to school.
As I sit here working at home, though, relishing the breeze blowing through our open windows, I realize that the ebb and flow of our lives continues much as normal. Naomi sits behind me, diligently working away at one of her self-initiated projects. Joey is hanging out in his room, absorbed in a book. Noelle is doing some research for me in preparation for a new endeavor she and I are getting ready to begin. And so on. Learning is integrated into life. We don’t watch the clock and pack up our books and turn off our minds at a designated hour. We don’t cross off days on our summer calendar, bemoaning the arrival of an official school start date.
Yes, this is certainly a more unconventional approach, and no, we haven’t always been so carefree, but now that all of us kids that are still living at home are older and can take responsibility for our own learning, we are expected to do just that. Mom and Dad instilled in us and modeled for us a love of learning. They trained us to think through various problems and issues, and then to apply ourselves to gain understanding and find solutions. And perhaps most of all, they raised us outside of the schooling paradigm. We don’t ever really go “back” to school…because we’re always in “school”!
So…in honor of not going back to school, I’ve decided to offer a special sale on my book, Pajama School – stories from the life of a homeschool graduate. Through the end of August, you can receive a 25% discount on your purchase when you enter the code: NBTS when you checkout at SibroPublishing.com! If you’ve been meaning to get a copy, but have been putting it off, now is the time – this is the most I’ve ever discounted it before! And just to make the deal even sweeter, if you make a note on your order that you’d like an autograph, I’ll be happy to personally sign your copy of the book! 🙂