Which is the point I’m trying to make. If you’re a tree, and you live where there is winter, you just know: you have to prepare for it. You withdraw all those nutrients from the leaves, cutting off all the unnecessary baggage, and close up shop until spring. And you know what else? Dormancy is also used for keeping house, as a time for repairing cells and getting things back in order for the next year.
If you’ve been around here a while, you know that we use Charlotte Mason’s methods to guide our homeschool. She encouraged schools to have 12-week terms with a month break between each one. I think she even advised taking a day off for spending time in nature, at the teacher’s discretion, when it seemed children’s minds were wandering too much or not in a mindset to focus on lessons. She also taught short and varied lessons. We’re trying to follow these guidelines to keep our Spanish lives healthy and flourishing. 🙂