This week, my main focus was the same as last week – to catch up!  Last week I found myself overwhelmed with all that I had to do so I stopped our regular plans and had the kids help me with the bits and pieces that were building up.

They have:

  • Processed mangoes
  • Helped in the office with research online, processing mail, doing book-keeping, making orders, etc
  • Helped with the cleaning – dusted up high in the kitchen, cleaned fans, decluttered and organised the pantry, cleaned out the water feature, ironing etc
  • Jess cooked dinner every night for two weeks – except once where I took it on (Jess also planned the menus)

Our mornings have looked like:

  • 8.00 family devotions and discussion
  • 8.30 – 10.30 Study time –this has been predominately independent study
  • 10.30 – morning tea and then help mum
  • 12.30 – lunch and reading time

It has been great to work together as a team and to see things getting done.

We’ve also been preparing for Christmas:

  • Daniel helped me cook the Christmas cake
  • We’ve been drawing up our giving lists, checking out things online, and making orders so things arrive in time.

But we’ve also had a few extra events going on as well.

Last weekend we had our homeschool co-op drama.  We have been working on drama skills all year – working towards a drama night of three different plays.  Daniel stepped in to help out the younger group so he was actually involved in all three plays – as was Jess as she was the narrator for the younger play as well as the older one.  The main thread for our co-op is that we are not a school – we are a group of families so we tried to keep that focus even as we presented a drama night.  Even still it was a lot of work setting up stage, microphones and costumes – but worth it to see the kids have so much fun.

Nomi Mae as Queen

Daniel as a Prince

Jess as Narrator

Then just this week the girls had their piano concert organised by their piano teacher.  She has this wrap-up every year where each of her students play 1-2 pieces, and then she has a guest musician from town performing 1-2 pieces.  This year it was a duo of young men singing accompanied by the guitar.

Jess playing at the piano concert

Nomi playing at the concert

I often mention that the girls help out with Mainly Music on Thursdays.  This week I caught a photo of them just before they headed off. They come back very tired as it is a big effort.  Last week they had over 25 families, this week they had about 16.  Jess has done the occasional stint up front leading the music singing and dancing, but usually they help out with the music and slides, serve morning tea and help with the little kids in any way they can.

Off to Mainly Music for the morning

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