We are a family who likes to be busy and when we are busy all is well in our camp. And this week has been super busy which has lead to a super week! This was a schooling week (as opposed to an unschooling week) and we finished everything I had planned.
The older children continued with Conquer Maths for an hour each day with very few problems cropping up. They also completed their first unit in Cover Story and wrote their first formal piece, a review article for their magazine. They all did a great job except I could see C12 had got herself into a tangle and lost her flow of thought. She is by far my strongest writer but doesn’t really enjoy non fiction stuff. She chose to write a review of Taylor Swift’s song Style. Having never heard it I was at a bit of a loss to help her immediately, so we left it for a day to give me a chance to listen to it. I am so not musical, at all. I therefore googled other reviews of the same song, photocopied them with a copy of the lyrics. She read them, which gave her a clearer idea of how to write a review. I also scrawled one of the most useful things I learnt at university on the inside of her book. KISS – Keep It Simple Sweetiepie just to remind her not to complicate things unnecessarily. She has a very busy mind which goes off at a tangent very easily!
In our morning meetings we finished off chapter two of Who is God? and the older ones filled in their journals; after which we read a couple of chapters from a teen girls’ and boys’ devotional guide to the teenage years.
I have also begun the Mystery of History Book three. I haven’t really liked the Homeschool in the Woods curriculum we were using for the renaissance (I love their explorers one, however) because there seemed to be no logic to it. I decided I would begin reading Mystery of History, one lesson a day. This week we have completed five lessons. We won’t be doing all the activities which go with as we quite enjoy doing our own thing with whatever takes our fancy.
The older ones have spent their quiet time reading the Tudor books I bought for them and yesterday both twins had finished the list. So the book reviews I was requiring after each book did absolutely nothing to slow them down. Amazon, here I come…
The afternoons have been spent finishing off tasting all the foods we had dried from the last school week as well as learning heaps of things about DNA. It has been an exceptionally busy but productive week.
But that is just the school wrap up. Life still occurs in between the books with cuddling, playing, dressing up and all sorts of other activities filling everyone’s time.
A6 became queen for the day, for no particular reason:
And my littlest showed off her new birthday present from Auntie Nik, a gorgeous princess dress:
In fact she has spent most of the week in this….
….learning how to wink:
…and playing with Daddy and her big sister:
We have had pond times and park times:
And great fun tree climbing:
The girls have taken up jogging along side T as he cycles:
He has also found time, though, to take his littlest sister for a walk in the rain so she can use her new to her umbrella:
Speaking of which, the little girls have been enjoying their new charity shop acquisitions outside the house and in(!):
I’ve snapped a few photos of the children in the kitchen doing their chores this week. Who says chores can’t be fun?
I’ve watched my two littlest bond terrifically since they have had their own room and they play for hours – with pipe cleaners making all manner of accessories:
as well as the new bane of my life – straws. These get everywhere, and I do mean everywhere. And no sooner are they picked up, out they come again for round two, or three, or sixty-three. Here is A6 holding up her spider web, complete with a spider that the two of them had just made:
Loving my life right now. So blessed with my little family and home schooling. I hope you have all had an equally fandabbydosy week and I wish you a fun-filled weekend ahead!