On Saturday we headed off to a local wilderness park. Though there are several great bushwalks we really just wanted to soak in the hotsprings. We were later than I had hoped getting away which meant after our soak we didn’t drive off to see another lagoon, but went straight to lunch. Unfortunately I didn’t remember till too late a few things that would have made lunch-ing with a tired toddler a lot happier! Mainly order a milkshake and chips early so they can nibble away while the rest of us wait our meal!
Monday: Daniel is back working over on the new bathroom, Naomi spent time helping me get the house back in order and then planning her projects to put into the local Agricultural Show pavilion. This week we’ll start to reduce the academics and focus on creative projects for the Show. When the kids were younger this was a very big part of our year and we stopped all academics for a month leading up to the Show but these days with highschool happening, we make some time just not as much.
Tuesday: A girls day out with my Mum and daughters, Jessica and Naomi. There isn’t a lot of shopping options in town, but we made the most of what we’ve got. We browsed a few nice shops, went out for morning tea and then a little more shopping. We came home tired but very relaxed. Any educational value? I think any time you take teens shopping they have to learn or practice wise spending, when you go out for coffee they have to learn to make a decision (though this wasn’t hard as the lemon meringue was just coming out of the oven and it looked incredible!) I think the best educational spot for Nomi though was as we chatted over coffee – we talked about all sorts of things, and she was able to ask questions and make the conversation relevant to her. It is always challenging to keep family conversation relevant to the younger kids, and they get used to zoning out and leaving it to the older ones. Meanwhile Daniel wrote and edited a story he’s been working on, as well as helped over at the Bathroom for a little bit. We continue to choose to have dinner outside, but tonight it meant finding all our woollies as it is getting a bit nippy! We had a great history lesson story telling time from Joshua. He comes alive when telling history.
Wednesday: Another disrupted day! Naomi and I went into town and I have no idea what took us so long but it did. We picked up Jess when she finished work, and did a few more things, raced home in time for Jess to pick up her music books and go back for her piano lessons. Naomi stayed home with me, as we had guests arriving that night, though she did stay up after dinner painting – so she went to bed a very happy girl!
Thursday: Grocery shopping, girls go to Mainly Music, Daniel continues to work in bathroom renovation for a few hours and school work after that.
Friday: After studying in the morning we went to a swim spot on the river for afternoon tea and watching the sunset with our friends and my parents. Since this is our winter the water was a bit on the cool side though some of the younger kids toughed it out. Movie and Pizza once we came home.
Looking back over this week, not a lot of traditional study happened. That’s okay. We often take July off from study for family and creative purposes. Since the kids are in highschool though I’m encouraging them to squeeze in study time in and around the other things that are happening at home. This is probably one of the biggest differences between homeschooling primary age and homeschooling highschool age kids.