Friday, March 24, 2017

Reflections on our Week

This week, we had some very nice weather. The highs were in the upper 70's and low 80's. The kids tried to get in the pool, but discovered it was still too cold to swim! Eli and the boys made a neat fort from some pine branches. They spent several hours finding the perfect branches and weaving them together to make this shelter.

We went fishing a few days, and Silas caught his first fish. He was super excited, but sad when we let it go.

We finished our family read-aloud, which was "The Lost Clue" - a Lamplighter book from 1907. My kids loved it and always wanted me to read "just one more chapter". It took awhile for them to get used to the old-fashioned words, but now they enjoy listening to the fancy talk. It makes stories seem much prettier and interesting!

Mercie has been using the Mystery of History as her history spine. She read "Life in the Great Ice Age" and "What Really Happened to the Dinosaurs?" as her living book supplements. I highly recommend these books, especially "Life in the Great Ice Age". It's beautifully illustrated and a truly interesting story to read. We both learned quite a bit from it.

Silas learned about flowers and seeds last week and this week. We read several books from the library, but our favorite was "From Seed to Plant" by Gail Gibbons. We also read "The Tiny Seed" by Eric Carle, which was a great book. He planted some seeds and has watched the grow! They've really spouted up this week.

Titus read books about the sun and moon the past two weeks. We particularly enjoyed "Moonbear's Shadow", and he kept trying to run from his shadow, as well! We made several fun crafts, including a sun dial and a creation mobile.

I've been preparing Eli and Mikaela's books and waiting for them all to come in the mail this week. I'm super excited about a few of these, including "The Useful Book" for Mikaela to use for home-ec, and "Survivor Kid" which will teach Eli how to survive in the wilderness. The second half of "The Useful Book" is 'shop', which the kids will use together when we get home to Louisiana where my husband's tools are. Both of these books are living books, as they are very conversational and interesting to read while providing much information.
Here are a few more books they'll be reading. We are still waiting on "Exploring the World of Biology", which is their science spine.
These books will be the kids literature books that we will take two grammar lessons a week from, as well as copy-work a few times a week. 

For Bible time, we are reading in the New Testament in the mornings and Old Testament at night. We are currently in Galatians in the morning and 2 Kings at night. That's our Bible curriculum - I read from the New Living Translation and we discuss what we read.

Mikaela had piano lessons on Wednesday. The pianist at the church we have been going to has been giving her lessons each week. We are so grateful, because she is doing so well and I didn't want her lessons to stop just because we aren't home.

We made a few trips to the library, where the kids got a mix of twaddle and good literature. I'm really trying to get rid of all the book twaddle, but it's hard. This library has some great books, but it also has "Dork Diaries" and "Big Nate" books, which my 11 year old and 9 year old love to read. I'm torn, because they love to read these books, but they just aren't good books. They're full of nonsense, name-calling, bad behavior, and a general negative attitude toward family. I'm slowly pulling my kids away from these books and toward great books.
Weekly Wrap-Up
How was your week?


  1. Oh there you are! I love the new name :) Sometimes a fresh start is a nice thing. It looks like a great week! I'm hoping we can get outside more now that the long days of winter are finally behind us. I love all the book choices. You have lots of great ones on this post alone!

    1. Thank you, Tara! Yes, a change was much needed. It seems so fresh and new now! I am very excited about our books. My kids can't wait to dive into them.