Do you know what a Galleon is?
It’s defined as “a sailing ship in use (especially by Spain) from the 15th through 17th centuries, originally as a warship, later for trade. Galleons were mainly square-rigged and usually had three or more decks and masts.” They were a way to travel the world before we had things like trains, cars, or planes.
So why did we name our homeschool after an old ship?
We didn’t! If you haven’t read Winnie the Pooh, the original books by A.A. Milne, your missing out. Not the Disney movies or books, but the original. It’s full of laughter, love, and childhood innocence and I totally fell in love with them while reading them to Green Bubbles as bedtime stories a few years ago. He was to young at the time to truly appreicate the humor of the books and I intend to reread them to him again as a literature book for school. But even as an adult, I’d recommend reading them just for yourself. The stories are so very sweet. But what does Winnie the Pooh have to do with Galleon’s Lap? The very last chapter in The House At Pooh Corner has Winnie and Christopher Robin visiting Galleon’s Lap to say their goodbyes.
So what is Galleon’s Lap?
“It was the only place in the Forest where you could sit down carelessly, without getting up again almost at once and looking for somewhere else. Sitting there they could see the whole world spread out until it reached the sky, and whatever there was all the world over was with them in Galleons Lap.” – A House at Pooh Corner, Chapter X.
What I Want?
A Galleon is a large sailing ship. A way to see the world and travel to new places. Galleon’s Lap was a magical place in Pooh Corner that allowed them to see the entire world. I want our homeschool to be a place that my children can meet the world, explore, discover, but also be in a comfortable and safe place to do so. While they are a little young to be truly going off into the world, they aren’t to young to show them how big the world is, and the magic that’s within it. Christopher Robin said goodbye to Winnie the Pooh when he went off to school, but I hope my children never have to say goodbye while they are learning. I hope they have plenty of time to also just do nothing.
And just in case you want your own copy of Winnie The Pooh, just like us, there’s a link to a good copy. The Complete Tales of Winnie-the-Pooh You are never to old, or to young, to have Winnie in your life.