I originally wrote this a couple of months ago, and then forgot about it! I'm glad I found it today because I really do want to share this, as it's something important that has been happening around our home.
This week's rest day we went to the Museum of the Atlantic and had fun looking at all the boats, a giant octopus and the museum's mascot. Then after, we played on the playground for a few minutes, but it was too cold to stay long.
Then everyone had a nap. A glorious, restful, replenishing nap!
Everyone was happy after and we had a great afternoon.
I hope in doing rest days Maddie learns to listen to her body and heart...and know when she needs to slow down and replenish. I hope to keep her innate need to take it easy. Children know when to stop their activities and rest, but often in this rat-race world of full schedules, we don't encourage them to listen to that inner guide. I can see she is benefiting from these moments of low-key, family bonding activity rest days.
And I am too! I feel closer to her and we can chat and she can tell me about stuff going on at school that she might otherwise not have time to bring up.
So, I think these rest days will become a routine thing around here, nothing crazy, just a day here and there. And if her teacher ever comments on her absences I will explain my reasons and if she persists I will have to bring up the fact that she often takes rest days too!
We have had several rest days since I wrote this post, and they have continued to be calming and helpful. In all honesty, I prefer having her home than at school!!! Next year there are some important changes that will be happening in our home--with an almost 100% likelihood that homeschool is on our horizon...for sure this time. More on this later as things develop...