Homeschool Week 6 Wrap Up

Week 6 recap, bullet point style:

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  • The week started with both Miss K and myself feeling under the weather. Not a great way to kick off Monday.
  • We had a great week 4 at our local Classical Conversations Community day. You can see Mr. J showing off his Usborne Big Book of Machines during presentation.
  • Miss E likes to hang out with my in the afternoon during Essentials while my younger two are playing with friends.
  • Mr. J started soccer this week. In typical boy fashion he loved playing goalie and getting hit with the ball.
  • We created an egg crate review game this week to review our CC work. I am enjoying having two children in CC and working with them together at home. It has been fun to see both kids review one another and both know the same things.
  • Miss K and I started working through our study of Colossians. I talked a little bit about what we are doing in my post about the book Women of the Word.

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  • After spending a few days stuck inside we took a nature walk in a wooded area behind our house. We enjoyed looking at the trees, climbing a few and bringing back a few specimens to do some leaf rubbings and learning a little about local trees.
    • I am wanting to make nature study a more regular activity in our homeschool. Do you take nature walks? How do you implement nature walks in your homeschool?

It is hard to believe we are about to start week 7 of our school year. I am thankful for the opportunity to learn alongside my kiddos and to be the person who gets to point them to Jesus as we learn how to love God and one another.

Thankful for the opportunity to link up with Collage Friday @ Homegrown Learners & Weekly Wrap Up @ Weird Unsocialized Homeschoolers. If you are stopping by from the link up, please say hello!

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Homeschool Week 4 & 5 Wrap Up

Whoa!! Where did the past two weeks go? It is really hard to believe that we are about to start week 6 tomorrow! Weeks 4 & 5 have been really great with a few super fun things mixed in!

Sweet Miss E has decided that walking is the only way to go! She daily dazzles us with her sweet smile and fun-loving disposition. It has been a few weeks since I took her out for a few updated pictures.

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//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.jsWe have been plugging away at week 2 and 3 of Classical Conversations. Mr. J is loving CC and is really enjoying school at home. I am really surprised at how engaged and eager he is to learn.

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We finished up reading the Greek Myths and Mr. J loved it! We have also spent some time playing No Stress Chess and cuddled up reading books.

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Last weekend Miss K and I attended the Glow Conference held at a local church here in SWMO. Here is a little about the conference from the Facebook page,

featuring special guests, including nationally-known artists, musicians, and writers, Jason Gray, Andrew Peterson, S.D. Smith, and Randall Goodgame, ‘Glow’ is a special, one-day event for Middle Grade students (8 to 13-year olds) and their parents. It will include hands-on workshops where kids can pursue a wide range of interests from art to dance, athletics, fishing, music, and more. As students begin to discover who they are and where they excel, we want to show them what their gifts, passions, and abilities might look like submitted to Christ.   Why Middle Grade students?   8 to 13-year olds begin to wrestle with questions of identity, purpose, and place. They wonder, “Who am I?” “Why am I here?” “Where do I belong?” At Glow, we want to come alongside them, to embody the answer to these questions, speaking and acting in such a way that kids know they are loved and valued, the work of their hands has significance, and they are not alone.  

We had a great time!  My husband and I have been listening to Andrew Peterson’s music for over a decade and I just finished his books a few months ago. We like to say his music is the sound track to our life. Our family owns (and can sing!!) every Slug’s Bug’s and Lullabies Album and anxiously await the next release. SD Smith is no stranger to me as I have listened to many podcasts he has done and I have spent a little time clicking around on The Story Warren Website. Jason Gray, who is the most mainstream, is probably the person I am the least familiar with out of the guests at the conference. What I loved about the conference was the ability for my daughter to see these “famous” men to stand before her and give God all the glory. Sitting next to my daughter listening to these men speak brought tears to my eyes, they spoke with such humility that even my 8 year old picked up on how “different” they were. At lunch I asked her what she thought of meeting “famous” people. Her reply marked me, “I was really surprised, they were different than I expected…. but different in a good way!” We took away a lot of great things from the conference but I was left in awe of the grace of God and reminded that HE opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.

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This weekend  Miss K had her first volleyball game. She has been working hard for weeks with multiple practices and all her hard work paid off. With sports our expectations for our children are to pay attention, hustle, have fun, and play for the glory of God. She had a great time and I think we could safely make her middle name hustle! 🙂   

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I have been attempting to read The Green Ember to my children since I downloaded the Kindle version months ago. We made it about 100 pages in and my kids lost interest. Recently I purchased the Audible version for a road trip… we made it to about the same spot we stopped reading previously. I figure third time is a charm (I am DYING to know how the story ends) and I picked up the physical copy of The Green Ember and the prequel The Black Star of Kingston while we are at the Glow Conference. Something about holding a paper copy in my hands has revolutionized The Green Ember for my kids. It doesn’t hurt that daddy is really enjoying listening along at night time too.

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Homeschool Week 3 Wrap Up

We have had a great week. I really feel like we are slowly but surely getting into a groove. This was our first official week of Classical Conversations. Both kids had a fantastic day and have worked hard at home on their memory work!

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Early in the week Miss K finished up her sewing project for a lady in our church with a new baby. I know she is really excited to give this to her on Sunday.

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The Geography memory work this week has been about the Fertile Crescent. We pulled out the Usborne Book of Ancient History and read about the area and customs. This led to a discussion about using ancient tools to “grind wheat” which led to a feeble attempt to give it a try at home. 🙂//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js

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We also dug into the classification of living things and the Oils art lesson at home this week.

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One desire I have for my children is to do more nature study and spend time observing life outside of our four walls. We went on a walk around town today and enjoyed being in creation.

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One of my favorite times of the day has become our read aloud time. We have had some cool mornings this week and we found ourselves reading on the deck while playing with Legos. We recently finished reading a missionary biography of Mary Slessor. My daughter felt greatly encouraged hearing the story of a fiery headed lady from Scotland taking the message of Jesus Christ into the West African region of Calabar. Learning about the deep need in West Africa has reminded us to pray for friends serving as Bible translators in the area. I have finally found a book that Mr. J is loving, Little Pear. The main character is a 5 year old boy who is a little bit ornery, go figure why my guy is enjoying it! 🙂

Week 3 Highlights//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.jsI am thankful for the opportunity to link up with Collage Friday and Weird Unsocialized Homeschoolers link up because it slows me down long enough to reflect up our week and to see God’s grace then the little moments. Interested in linking up, check it out at Homegrown Learners – Collage Friday 1.2 //embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.jsand Weekly Wrap – Up.

My Favorite Homeschool Books

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I love books! I am a self confessed nerd remember. 🙂 That being said I wanted to share a few of my favorite books about home education.

These are the more practical, how-to books:

  • Honey For A Child’s Heart – I have skimmed the first portion of this book and often return to the book lists in the back when I am looking for quality literature to read to my children. I love her selection of picture books and authors! If your building your children’s library this is a great place to start.
  • The Well-Trained Mind – I treat this book as a resource. I don’t read it cover to cover but only what pertains to me in season. This was the first book on classical education I ever read. It caused me to LOVE classical education but feel very overwhelmed with the “how” of classical education.
  • The Core – This book took what I loved about classical education and made it accessible to me. Essentially in this book, the author, Leigh Bortins took the cookie jar off the top shelf for me! When something isn’t working well at home I pick this up and see what I can do differently or better.
  • Classical Education Made Approachable – I love the brevity of this book as a basic introduction to classical education and Classical Conversations.
  • Teaching the Trivium – I treat this book a lot like I treat The Well-Trained Mind, as a resource. However I LOVE the section titled Ten Things To Do With Your Child Before Age Ten. I think it is a great jumping off point. Wanna know what is awesome, you can read it and download a pdf of that section by clicking here!
  • An Introduction to Classical Education – I am working my way through this little pamphlet. It is a shot accessible booklet on classical education for any parent wanting to better understand classical education. The best part, you can download the complete PDF here.

These are the more thought-provoking,  why books:

  • An Echo in Celebration – This was the first book on education that I read when we started homeschooling. It is a short, encouraging read. It is a great place for anyone to start. Greatest part about it, you can download it NOW and read it for FREE! Your welcome!
  • The Joy of Relationship Homeschooling – I picked this gem up at a local homeschool convention after listening to the author speak. I think the education part of homeschooling is fun… to me, the relationship part is the hardest. This book has convicted, encouraged and equipped me as much as any other parenting book I have ever read.
  • Teaching From Rest – I haven’t yet read the newest print version of the book but the original was a great encouragement to this mom who was a bit weary. I am looking forward to carving out time to read the expanded print version.

Books I am currently working through or are in the to be read pile that are worthy of a look:

  • For the Children’s Sake –  I am enjoying this book after hearing so many recommendations. I know people who read this every summer to be refreshed and reminded of “why” they choose to educate their children at home.
  • A Charlotte Mason Companion – I have been intrigued by Charlotte Mason’s methods for awhile but cannot devote the time to read Charlotte herself. I can see the beauty in a Charlotte Mason education but cannot say I agree fully with all her methods. This book has been helpful to me as I seek to integrate classical and Charlotte Mason methods.
  • Awakening Wonder – This is in the to read pile. I was sucked into the title, Awakening Wonder: A Classical Guide to Truth, Goodness and Beauty.
  • The Classical Reader – I am a sucker for a really good reading list. This book is just that!
  • Educating the WholeHearted Child – This book gets rave reviews from so many people. I have worked through portions of the book and been blessed. I can’t seem to get all the way through it but I wouldn’t blame the book but rather my preference for fiction. 🙂
  • Consider This – Also in the to be read pile because of it’s title, Consider This: Charlotte Mason and the Classical Tradition.

These books are the ones that have blessed me and the ones I most recommend. What other books have you found useful in equipping and encouraging you as you educate your children.