We started off what was actually our weekend last Sunday with homemade pizza night. Unfortunately, I forgot to take pictures of the finished pizzas and they were so cute! Toby’s was the shape of a large slice of pizza and Lilly’s was a heart. For the past couple of years we have purchased 1/2 of a local grass fed hog and have loved everything about it. For some reason though this was the first time we used some of the sausage on our pizza. It was honestly the best pizza ever!
I did some book shopping last weekend and picked up some fun books for the kids with their Barnes and Noble gift cards from Christmas. I love the Kumon books as much as the kids do. Toby has been practically obsessed with his new dot-to-dot/color by number book. He has worked in it every day this week and I think he has finished all of the dot-to-dots already!
Lilly’s Kumon book is Pasting which she cannot get enough of right now. We usually do plenty of pasting activities anyway, but she is so excited to have her own book full of fun pasting pages. She has sat next to me all week during Toby’s lessons cutting and pasting……get this, QUIETLY!
When she wasn’t pasting she stayed really busy this week pulling out many of the bag activities and file folder games that she hasn’t spent time with for a while. I have noticed a real maturing in her lately and a change of attitude/heart. At the same time, I have made a conscious effort to change my response to her(and to choose my battles) and it has made a big difference. Giving her more positive affirming words and spending more quality one-on-one time with her is speaking her love language (Mark and I are reading The Five Love Languages) what a difference it makes! I could go on and on about this but maybe in another post because if you haven’t read the book, you probably have no idea what any of this means.
Toby has been a busy little student this week. His copy work this week was this story that he wrote himself. He asked me to write it down for him one day so we turned it into his copy work.
We have been practicing telling time a lot this week and playing lots of games to practice those math facts too. Aside from flash cards we like to roll 2 die and take turns adding them up. He got tired of only doing 2 at a time and started rolling 4. It’s been fun to see the ways that he makes connections to count up multiple numbers. He’s catches on so quickly. We also played war with cards by playing 2 cards at a time and adding up the 2 to see who has the highest sum.
Overall, we have just had a great week. I have really started seeing the fruits of our labor with all of the habit training we have been doing in the past year. Toby has been getting up and making his bed right away. After breakfast they both know that it is time to get dressed and brush their teeth so they have some time to play before lessons. Their bedtime routine has always been pretty smooth and it’s nice to be able to just add a new responsibility here and there as they are ready. Of course not every day is picture perfect but I can definitely feel what Charlotte Mason meant in saying:
“The mother who takes pains to endow her children with good habits secures for herself smooth and easy days; while she who lets their habits take care of themselves has a weary life of endless friction with the children.” (Vol. 1, p. 136)
Many days thus far it has seemed to be more of the taking pains going on but more and more, the smooth and easy days are making their way into our home and it feels amazing.
To see how this week went for other homeschooling families, check out The Weekly Wrap-up over at Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers.