After the blah week last week due to sickness, and the excitement of the flooding last weekend our plan for our week was to establish study routines. Peter and I wanted to go away overnight so the kids needed to be sure of what to do, in order to remain consistent while we were away.
Monday started with a bang with picking up a new Bible Study: Who is God. Though this material is aimed at a younger age group it has worked for us so far. We are getting through the work quicker because I’m using it as a prompt for conversation and we are doing very little notebooking. I wrote about our routine and Our Monday in a blog post.
Tuesday was pretty much the same.
Wednesday – Peter and I left the house with the car laden up as if we were going away for a month!! The kids did their studies and then enjoyed some down time together – they chose to watch a movie in the afternoon instead of their projects.
Thursday didn’t quite go according to plan. The girls go to Mainly Music and that happened, but Daniel got caught up in reading and we received a phone call from him at 11.00am to say: oops – I forgot today was a working day!! Part of this was my fault, in that I forgot to write his list to do for the day – but really, he should have known what to do on Thursdays. He spent his afternoon working through those tasks. So really his day was just flipped – it still worked.
Friday was a great study day. We started off with character lesson on resourcefulness. After reading a story about how the sticky-note was invented we discussed how other people’s perspectives can greatly help us get our job done. I decided to go down a rabbit trail, and teach the kids about Bono’s 6 Thinking Hats. We found a light hearted but informative youtube, and discussed that for a bit.
We then read the first few chapters in our Living Math book: String, Straight-Edge and Shadow by Julie E Diggins. The kids then walked around the garden, taking photos of shapes in nature. At this point, we are recording very little – it is about exposure to thoughts, about talking about it and encouraging them to think. When they were younger I would have had them make a notebook page – recording these shapes, and labelling them. That wasn’t my objective at this stage.
The rest of Friday was spent working independently: Nomi spent a lot of time getting things ready for an art course she is taking, Daniel started on a photography course he is taking online (Udemy: Photography for Kids). He has only just started so I’m not sure how this will work out – but he is interested and excited about it. He then helped in the shed again.
My objective in sharing our weekly wrap up is two-fold – as a highschool homeschooler I want to continue to see the whole life approach to our kids learning, I want to ensure that they are growing in their talents and interests not just in the academics, so by reflecting each week I am intentionally looking at what we are doing. And secondly, I hope that it is an encouragement to you, to see what one family is doing in the highschool years.
I haven’t kept any links to the things that I’ve read this week – but here is one that I enjoyed: I enjoyed reading how this mum keeps her kids active as a family and involved in many things that interest the individual child. Miles with Smiles. I found this post through the blog-hop at Simple Homeschool where lots of homeschoolers are sharing what their homeschool day looks like.
I’ve also linked in at the Hip Homeschool Mom blog hop.