Our last weekend was full: the boys had extra Taekwondo, the kids went to a church working bee, and we spent time with friends. Saturday night we went to a friend’s birthday party, a camp-oven style potluck. Each family brought their meal in a camp oven to be cooked on coals there. While we waited for dinner to cook we nibbled and talked and generally caught up with folk. There is something about meeting around a fire – very relaxing. I was so inspired with the stews, roasts and dampers I’m going to try this in our own backyard soon.
Monday started with me being very determined to get our planned lessons done even though Mum and Dad are here. We reviewed our last Bible lesson – this is the problem when you take a week or so off, you forget where you were up to. So we had an unplanned review!! Then we talked about our Ag Show project. We looked at newspapers, brainstormed our article topic, and who we could interview. Each day this week we’ll do a little bit more.
Tuesday found me distracted but the kids on track! Over the last few days I’ve been talking with Naomi who is struggling with her studies – she is not enjoying anything. She does need to take into account that she hasn’t been well for the most part of 3 weeks so things are going to seem a bit blah but we did discuss ways she could find a subject to be interested in. She decided that she’d like to learn about the Renaissance so this morning we pulled all the books we could think of from that period of time. Unfortunately for her, most of our books are on the Reformation – same period different emphasis. She’s decided to read “Story of the World” to have an overview of history, and then she’ll choose a specific period or subject, which may well be Renaissance (art in particular).
Naomi’s study schedule (year 11/12) includes: Italian, Piano, Math, Study skills, History, Reading (variety) as well as pursuing Duke of Edinburgh (which includes learning new skills (Drama & Art), volunteering (Mainly Music) and physical fitness (running, swimming, soccer).
Daniel’s study schedule (year 9) includes: Spanish, Math, Writing, History, Science, Reading. He hopes to sign up for the Duke of Ed later in the year.
We had a great discussion time over dinner (sometimes our dinner time is simply craziness and sometimes we have sensible conversation!) We started off talking about a book that Jessica has just finished reading, It’s not that Complicated, by Anna Sofia and Elizabeth Botkin. We tossed around a lot of opinions about the topic, the presentation of information in the book and even the need. We then pulled a card from TOAC (The Art of Conversation) and each of us shared about winning a prize. It was good to hear different stories (especially from Grandma and Grandad) and then summarise the value of prizes in our life – good and bad.
Wednesday took a slightly different turn as a friend dropped her 4 kids off so her and her husband could have an overnight date celebrating their 20th wedding anniversary. The kids played outside, read books, worked on their independent schoolwork, played with Lego, rode scooters, and read more books! Dinner time was a bit frantic, with some kids going to Taekwondo, some kids too young and tired to wait for our later dinner time, so we had 3 different dinner time settings! Haven’t done that for a while.
Over the last little while we’ve had tradesmen build a bathroom over at our shed. The next stage is for gyp-rock and tiling. The tradesmen working on this stage are friends of ours and are happy to have Daniel working with them – or rather teaching Daniel as they go. It is a great opportunity and Daniel spent most of the day there – with a smile on his face.
Thursday – another day with everyone doing different things. Jess and Naomi had Mainly Music so they took the youngest of the four with them, the boys (10, 8, 6yo) came with me to the hairdressers, helped me with grocery shopping and then we had a bit chat over an icecream. Meanwhile Daniel was back home first of all helping the tradesmen on the bathroom, and then doing his regular gardening chores around the yard.
On Friday Naomi studied, Daniel spent a long time writing a story and building some flat-pack bookcases. They both confirmed their questions for their newspaper project and Naomi tried to spend time with her interviewee but it didn’t work out. In the meantime Naomi spent the afternoon with her art. We had friends over for dinner – Naomi and Daniel did a great job setting up for a ‘party’ though it was very low key, we still needed a fire built, tables set, food chopped. It is good to see Naomi and Daniel stepping up to the plate with these types of skills, because Jess and Josh have taken most of the load in years past. Josh and Jess continued studying as we made things ready.