It seems as though each week rolls around and I whine because I just don’t feel like we’re getting much accomplished. I’ve been thinking about how wonderful it would be to declare this year a dud and have a do-over. You know what? Since it’s my homeschool and I can do what I want- that is exactly what we’re going to do. Start fresh. Awww…deep sigh…I’m relieved already.
I can’t say that the entire year has been a waste. We have made some progress in some areas and we’ve certainly taken a ton of incredible field trips. In fact, we had one this week that will be chalked up to another one of our all-time favorites.
Friday we had the opportunity to listen to a performance of The Christmas Carol by Gerald Dickens. Does the name ring a bell for you? How about the last name? The Christmas Carol…Dickens…The Christmas Carol…Dickens…yep…Gerald Dickens is the great, great grandson of none other than acclaimed author, Charles Dickens.
At the time when The Christmas Carol was written, it was customary for the authors to promote the book through book readings. Sometimes they would become very animated as they told their stories and began to dramatize them. Charles Dickens was known as a supreme storyteller and clearly, Gerald Dickens is following in his foot steps.
For an hour and a half, the kids and I sat on the edge of our seat, partly because the seats were so uncomfortable that we were beginning to lose feeling in our rear ends, but mostly because we found the one man show outstanding.
If you are a fan of The Christmas Carol and have an opportunity to watch a performances by Gerald Dickens in a city near you, I’d highly, highly recommend it. Though there were children of all ages in the theater, an hour and a half may be a bit much for young children as I saw quite a few squirming in their seats. But then again, maybe it was just the chairs!
If you’ve not read The Christmas Carol, you can find it online for free here.
Hope you had a great week- we’ll be ‘Starting Fresh with Illuminations’ on Monday. If you’re curious about what goes on in the homes of homeschoolers, be sure to stop by Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers to see how the week went for other families.