I have overflowing laundry baskets and three beds stripped to the mattresses, so I thought I’d take the free hour or so I have this evening and update my blog with a weekly wrap-up. (And now that I’m actually trying to finish this, it’s bedtime and I have dirty dishes to contend with.) 😉 This week has been exhausting but productive, and I feel like we moved forward academically/educationally. I suppose you could say that right now, that’s my educational philsophy: keep moving forward, and if it’s not possible to move forward, figure out why and fix it. It made my box-checker heart happy to get back to our regular ol’ curriculum this week and make progress after having what really amounted to a week off for Thanksgiving. That’s the nuts-n-bolts of my kids’ education–RightStart Math, Writing with Ease, First Language Lessons, Story of the World, etc. However, none of that makes for very exciting blogging, so instead I’ll focus on the stuff that we did outside the books here. These in between weeks, I really try to scale back my expectations and do more fun stuff. Here’s what that entailed this week:
1. We started our Christmas Book Basket tradition on Monday, and as you can see from the photo above, everybody was excited about it. 🙂 This blog post is a round-up of most of my Christmas books blog posts of the past, so if you’re looking for inspiration, there are tons of ideas there. This year I didn’t have it in me to wrap enough books to have one to open every day between now and Christmas, so I got smart and had the girls pick out their favorite books (something like five each, I think) from the cardboard box they’re stored in and wrap them themselves. 😉 I’ll still have to go back and wrap more, but at least I didn’t have to tackle it all at one time. Plus, it has been neat to see what they picked out as their favorites. We usually do this right after breakfast, and right before we read our Christmas chapter book read-aloud, which conveniently brings us to point #2.
2. I was worried that A Christmas Carol was going to be a bust for our read-aloud due to the girls’ sensitivity about creepy stories. However, we persevered past Scrooge’s first ghostly visitor and all has been well. I’m sure I’ll have a lot more to say about it when I write about it some Read Aloud Thursday, but we’ve read all but the last chapter (stave) this week, and it has been one of my favorite things about the week–all of us piled up on the couch together (or in the picture above, the kiddos enjoying some swingset time while I sit by and read).
3. One of the big, huge things that has been missing from our lives since I’ve been pregnant (and sick and tired) and we’ve been so busy has been regular exercise. I made an effort a couple of times this week to get us all outside, and it felt good. Of course, one of my children insists on taking a book with her everywhere she goes. 😉 (I can’t say much–I did the exact same thing, much to my parents’ amazement–when I was a teen.)
4. On Thursday the children, my mother, and I had a morning out (a.k.a. field trip 😉 ). One of our stops was a local community art center and its annual quilt exhibit. I love seeing all the quilts, and so do my girls. A fun bonus is that visitors vote on their favorites and that quilt wins a ribbon.
5. Our first stop on Thursday was actually toddler story time at the library and then the art exhibit. While I don’t take the DLM to story time nearly as faithfully as I did the girls, I do try to drop in once in a while. He enjoys it, and so do I. After the art exhibit, we enjoyed lunch at our favorite old-timey ice cream shop. Then it was home to do a few more lessons. (The girls and I did manage to do math before we left for the morning.)
6. Our Friday Fun Day consisted of lots of reading aloud time (well, truthfully probably no more than normal this week) and our first installment in this year’s Christmas Around the World adventure. More on that in a future post!
7. I don’t have a picture for this one, but it definitely bears mentioning: each day this week we’ve read aloud Luke 2: 1-20 in the KJV for our Bible time. I started this last year, and my goal is that eventually we’ll all have it memorized. I pretty much know it by heart after having heard it all my life (especially in Christmas programs, etc.), so I have no reason to think it won’t work just as well again. I especially like it because I’m not stressing over it. 🙂
8. Also notable this week is that Louise did a lot of writing voluntarily. She wrote a letter to her penpal, and she wrote what amounted to two primary pages (back and front) of sentences from a new early chapter book by David Macaulay entitled Castle: How It Works. She really enjoyed this book and was quite serious about her “essay.”
9. What I’m happiest about this week is that Steady Eddie is back home after a business trip. I’ve been solo parenting for several days this week, and I’m tired.
The next few weeks are shaping up to be very busy, so I’m trying to just “keep her between the ditches,” as my daddy used to say when I was learning to drive.
Did you have a good week?