Sometimes I think if I didn’t do a weekly review I’d forget to blog at all! These weeks just seem to cruise on by. I am so thankful for a digital camera to record all of the things that go on through our week. I sit down to think about what we did and draw a blank but then I go through the camera and it all comes back to me. Most of the time I realize that we did in fact do something! ~~~
I started out this week in the best possible way. Last weekend, I listened to a talk by Sonya Shafer that my Charlotte Mason friend(in real life and blog) Richele at Barefoot Voyage
had recommended to me. I just have to say, Sonya has done it again. I have never been anything but thrilled with everything I have read and heard from her. This talk is one of my favorites. I laughed, cried, agreed, was inspired, prayed, rinsed and repeated. I was deeply touched and look forward to listening to it again and again for more inspiration and spiritual guidance. To be perfectly honest with you, I was shook down deep when our pastor talked about one of the same topics during church on Sunday. I must have been in need of something because I heard just what I needed to hear at just the right time. Anyway, I can’t do it justice, if you haven’t heard it yet, it’s called Reaching Your Child’s Heart.
Now for some highlights from this week:
*The kids learned how easy it really is to cut out paper hearts!
*We turned them into our ‘Love Bouquet’ by writing names of many of the people (and things-bear and doggy are on there too!) we love most. I continue to be surprised at Lilly’s ability to copy words and her interest in doing so. *Lilly decided to play “store” by herself one morning while Toby did lessons. She was marking prices on the games in the cabinet. I am planning to do more of that with them in the coming month. They both seem to enjoy buying things with play money.
*Last weekend Mark spent the day at a prairie conference, listening to speakers and making some contacts. He also won some items in the silent auction, including this chirping bird clock(I’ve always secretly kind of wanted one!). It is a little louder than anticipated so we hung it downstairs, but when a different bird chirps on the hour Toby has to run down there to see what kind it is!
* That prompted him to pull out the bird guide and start thinking of all of the birds that we saw last spring/summer. We had a great time talking about the things we remembered about them and hoping for ones that may join us this year.
*I am trying to be better about making sure that the kids get some time outside more frequently. I’d like to say daily but I know that’s not realistic right now. One afternoon when Toby opted to go out and play, Lilly chose to stay in so I brought in some snow for her to play in. She had SO much fun and was occupied in the sink with her animals for a good hour playing there. She would have played longer if I didn’t need her to stop so I could use the sink. The key was keeping a bowl of warm water in the other side of the sink for her to warm her hands in.
*We started reading Outdoor Secrets
by Margaret P. Doyle and what a fun book that is! We are running for a field guide or the Handbook of Nature Study
for more information on something we read after every short chapter.
*Toby also took an interest in helping more with the laundry and you can bet that I jumped at that opportunity! Mark actually took him down and taught him how to run the dryer for starters. He is now capable of throwing laundry over from the washer to the dryer and turning the dryer on. Gotta capitalize on these times when they are excited to learn these things! This also excites me because I have been wanting to try making our own natural laundry detergent so that just may be a science project very soon!
Overall, it as a busy week for me with trying to get a lot of painting done in the house while keeping up with normal household/school duties. We have stuck with the basics for lessons and not been doing an extra unit study other than a few Valentine’s crafts for now. I am mentally preparing for Lent and the activities that we will do for that so I am appreciating the break from any extra planning as far as that goes right now. However, I did have a request to “learn about monkeys” so we may have to through in a lapbook somewhere in there too.
That about sums up another week in this little home and school.