Every so often I like to record our learning every day of a week.  Decided to do that this week.  So here is today – Monday:

But before we do – here are a few photos from our weekend

Daniel and a friend reading the Bible readings for the day at Church on Sunday

This lizzard was in my house – I knew it was there but couldn’t find it anywhere. Suddenly I saw it walk across the hallway and into the office. The boys caught it and put it back outside.

The first task that had to happen today was the family room needed to be restored from the nurf-gun war which had taken place over the weekend.

the family room turned into a battlefield

We started our studies at 9.00 out on the dining room table as our visitors Hayley and Jacob along with Jess were studying in the family room.

Hayley and Jess studying in the restored family room.

First up was our Bible studies.  Since we are picking up a study we let go some time ago today we reviewed what we had covered so far.  The kids couldn’t tell me the story connected with a notebook page they had made some time back so we grabbed the narrated Bible and read again about the complaining and lack of belief that kept the Israelites wandering in the desert for 40 years.

We then picked up “Ten Boys who used their Talents” and read about James Clerk Maxwell, a scientist.  We are reading this book as an opportunity to learn how to take notes, how to think while reading and keep a reading journal.   Today we focused on recording significant quotes, writing down thoughts that you want to think about later on.  We finished up talking about how we could convert our notes in our reading journal to a lasting record of learning by creating a notebook page (we didn’t do it, we just brainstormed how we could do it).

Naomi and Daniel both kept their hands busy during our read aloud times. They are getting into the habit of writing in their reading journals as we read as well.

Read alouds always open the way for heart conversations – today one of the things we talked about was building the shoulders of those who have gone before – gleaning from the expertise of others.  Are we humble enough to follow directions or suggestions or even to ask for help?   This was just one of three conversations we had during this read aloud time.

The kids then moved into their independent work:  Math for both, Piano and Australian History for Nomi and Science for Daniel.  I think we wafted a little bit here – the time seemed to pass by without much work being done.  Might have to think about morning tea a little bit more intentionally.

Nomi made lunch, kids played Dutch Blitz (card game), power went out – a few times!  And then everyone went back to their studies etc.  Nomi is working on a birthday present for Jess, Daniel did some reading and then had some screen time, then since there were no computers free for him to use for editing some videos he worked with his Lego.

The highlight for me today was that both Nomi and Daniel said,  “I learnt something – I feel like a clever person!”  For Nomi it was with her math and for Daniel it was as he explained something to do with his science.

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