Monday started with us all giving ourselves a bit of a shake – even though mum and dad are still here, it is time for us to buckle down, holiday times over, and get into a new season of focus. Every few months or so the kids grow in a new skill and ability so there are constantly tweaks going on. The latest tweak is that Naomi and Daniel are going to take on their own Bible study, and manage their study block without me breaking down when to do what. They will study from 8.30 to 2.30, taking food breaks when and if they are needed. They have a list of subjects and lessons to work on, and it will be their responsibility to complete that work throughout the week. I print off a weekly calendar which shows any family or individual commitments to help them manage their time.
We are still painting in the new bathroom, so Monday had Naomi starting the 2nd coat of cutting-in. Daniel will finish the rest of the painting over the next few days.
Tuesday was a regular study focus day. Daniel worked through his list, which he is finishing early so today he added ‘cartoon drawing’ to his daily subject list. Naomi worked on an art project she has had hanging over her head – it was a concept drawing for a friend which she had been asked to do. The girls had youth Bible study (Jessica leads) and Daniel visited with a friend.
Wednesday had Daniel working with his Grandad stacking fire wood until he got a stick in the eye. The rest of his day was spent with a little study, but not for long as it put strain on his good eye. Naomi studied, worked on her Duke of Ed journal and digital log and had a piano lesson.
Thursday was a big day – the girls finished their time with Mainly Music. They have both been with Mainly Music since they were 12-13 years old – Jessica has been on the committee and Naomi a weekly helper. They both feel it is time to finish there, and put their time and energy into other things. We celebrated their service with going out for lunch. Meanwhile, Thursdays is Daniels ‘work’ day with cleaning up and maintaining the yard and cleaning the car. As far as study goes he spends time reading and goes to a youth Bible study. After dinner Daniel blogged and sat down with Peter to do the editing.
On Friday we were supposed to go to our monthly homeschool co-op. With all that is going on at the moment we decided to stay home – numbers were down so I wasn’t needed so stayed home to catch up with Peter, my mum and dad, and some office work. Nomi finished the cutting in/painting in the bathroom, re-did her Duke of Ed journal/log book (still learning how to get this right), and reading. Daniel chose his next woodworking project, and spent time writing a story.
Saturday was an exciting day as Daniel was baptised. He spoke well as he shared why he wanted to get baptised, and what being baptised meant to him.
What I’ve been reading (online or as a book):
This week I finished reading Love Amid the Ashes: A Novel by Mesu Andrews. I enjoy novels set in Biblical times, filling in a real life around the character we know so little about, though you always have to remind yourself that this is a novel. I was intrigued by this book though as it gave a different timeline than I have considered for the life of Job and the Patriarchs. I enjoyed the story but was fascinated by the authors research and how she merged that with her imagination. As I read the story though I was prompted to keep my heart sweet towards those I love.
Online reading: Giving our Kids Purpose: As parents, we not only need to remember that God has a plan and purpose for our children, but we also need to remind THEM of that often!
Couch Curriculums – Homeschooling Ideas: Another Aussie Homeschool mum shares resources she used when she had little ones, and spent time doing their lessons on the couch.
Daniel shared his thoughts about being a secret hero
A resource we are using:
Behind the News – I am concerned that my kids aren’t very aware of the issues facing Australia and the world. I am looking into ways to address their civic and global awareness, and watching the news, or reading it is one of the ways. BTN is aimed at primary kids, and there are teacher resources available. I intend to use it as a conversation starter as my kids are introduced to the importance of knowing and thinking about these things.
Conversations we’ve had this week:
This isn’t offering any of our opinions, just some of the things we’ve been talking about, that may provide topics for you to discuss with your family.
- The place of Art in the Christian life, are the arts something a Christian should pursue – why and why not.
- How can we be available to others, in our family and outside our family?
- How do we show love to our neighbour – what if our neighbour believes differently than us, acts differently, lives differently.