Since Wednesday was a stay at home day – with no visitors I decided it was a good opportunity to finish the lesson prep that I have been working on for our next study block. Jess became the homeschool ‘marm so I could focus in the office. She read a book to Nomi and Daniel and then took them down the farm road a bit to a patch of county that had been burnt out a few weeks ago. I wanted them to draw a picture, with charcoal, and in a few weeks time I want them to go back and draw the colour as the country comes back to life. She then supervised as they worked on their discipline studies (3 R’s etc). Later in the day she read another story and helped them with their notebook pages and narrations. I achieved a lot in the office and it was great to see the family pulling together this way, not only where they supporting me, Jess was gaining experience of keeping kids motivated and on task, the other kids had practice at taking instructions from another source other than me. Though I don’t want to expect Jess to do this too often it was very helpful way of our family achieving our family goals for the day.