13 February 2012

One Mother's Homeschool Days

For the week of February 6-10, 2012

In my life this week....I am continuing with a determined focus to wrap up our lessons by April before leaving for CO.

In our homeschool this week....I think our favorite subject has been Classical Studies where we are reading through D'Aulaires Book of Greek Myths and using our Memoria Press study guide to further our knowledge on the ways, ideas, and beliefs of the Greek culture. By using it alongside our Memoria Press Christian Studies we are able to contrast reality from myth by paralleling two totally different forms of belief.

Sharing a sampling of our learning journal/commonplace book pages
Five different drawings by five different hands of a Compass Rose complete with definitions!

Above-Kaydee's drawing of the Self Portrait of Henri Matisse
Helpful homeschooling tips or advice to share....I have found through the years that making a conscious effort to stay home on the weekdays has brought many blessings to our homeschool. Our schedule stays on track, the kids keep focused, and our home just runs better all around when I make it a point to minimize outside activities!

I am inspired by....The strength of a very good friend who just this week began treatment for cancer. She and her husband are amazing examples of faith, patience, endurance, and a deep love for the Lord.

Places we're going and people we're seeing....Taking Robyn to the Milwaukee airport so she can fly to Colorado for a week and have her talented photographer sister take her engagement photos. She'll get to see her Luke after several weeks of being apart and she is extremely excited about it.

My favorite thing this week was....The joy that fills my heart when I see the kids spending "quality" time together!

What's working/not working for us....family lesson times are working great. I love the all the interaction the children get with each other and with me! Running a one room school house is awesome! It is amazing how it builds relationships with one another in a positive way. (most of the time!)

Questions/thoughts I have....Why my boys; when walking with their sisters naturally navigate to the outside of them! They do this all the time but this time I had my phone to capture the sweetness of these self proclaimed body guards!

Things I'm working on....With the help of my girls I am trying to do much better at utilizing coupons!

I'm reading....

I'm cooking/baking....Extremely cheesy, homemade pizza!

I'm grateful for....Grace
Grace - Appropriately, the free unmerited love and favor of God, the spring and source of all the benefits men receive from Him. (1828 Dictionary of the English Language)

I'm praying for....My friend K, that the Lord would bless her with ALL the blessings she needs and desires to help her through her trial of sickness.

A video, and quote to share....

"Get comfortable with being uncomfortable" ~ Jillian Michaels

Daddy/daughter sing along!


Mama Rachel said...

Well, I'm inspired! :-D I hope your daughter is healing well.


Jennifer said...

Again Tricia, thanks for such an inspiring post. I love reading all about your busy week!

ccc said...

I wholeheartedly agree on minimizing outside activities during the school day. Maybe activities after school/evening because then the school day is not interrupted.I even try to make dr appts after school too.
Hey, I recognize that store in the pictures :)

Cathy said...

I love seeing the glimpses of your family life. I like the different versions of the compass project, and I really liked seeing your older boys walking on the sides of their sister. That is great. My husband always walks on the street side when we walk on a sidewalk. He started that when we were first married, and I don't know who taught him that, but it sure makes me feel protected. It's nice. Bless you.

Ruby said...

Love these summary type posts which cover a lot and tell a lot about a persons life. I know what you mean about not going out during the week too much. It really throws the schedule out when there are unavoidable appointments etc. I often think stay at homes mums don't have such a home based life at times. This is one of my focuses at present and it helps a lot to keep us on track as well.
As always, great pics of your kids especially the body guards!

The Mayo Family said...

Looks like a great week!
We are enjoying a peek into your weeks....
Can the Colorado trip really be that close?
Enjoyed the vidoe :)
Thanks for sharing :)

dggp said...

oh my, that video is soooooo very precious. i nearly cried when i watched. what a little blessing she is for her daddy.

RachelT said...

I enjoyed seeing the photos of the kids all together and the brothers shopping with their sister. What a great family you have! I hope you have a wonderful week!

blessedmoms simple home said...

My homeschool schedule goes much better when I can stay at home too :) I enjoyed reading about your week, and I love that video at the end. So precious. You've got quite a singer there!
Good for you on resolving to work out. The weight I lost last Fall has stayed off, even through the holidays. I'm not a big ice cream eater, but I polish off a whole bag of chips if I'm not careful, so I have to stay away from those.