Sunday morning we have a family breakfast and one reason it is a highlight for us is that we often spend time in good purposeful conversation. The topics vary and this week we spoke about finance – how investing works, bank loans, etc as well as the heart issues of finance. Both Peters and my parents have lived their lives intentionally when it comes to money – different stories, but both with a heart to live to honour God with what they have. It is good to reflect on the heritage we build our family on, and give honour to our parents.
Mid afternoon Josh and Nomi had some friends over to play a strategy game. Some of the friends hadn’t played this game before so they teamed up with Josh and Nomi to play their first game. It was interesting (and worthy of note in my education record) that afterwards I heard Josh and Nomi talking about and comparing their teaching styles. This is good personal assessment and understanding. Not only does being able to see this about yourself and others a good thing for personal growth but it also builds understanding of other people.
On Monday Naomi finally was able to complete the 2nd coat of paint in the bathroom (just the cutting in). She finished in time to come shopping with Grandma and myself. We cannot dismiss the value of taking our kids shopping and getting them to make decisions. Naomi wanted some hair dye so we went to the chemist for some advice. During this process she was able to assess who was giving advice worth listening to and who wasn’t (another valuable lesson). Then of course there is the choice when confronted with an isle of product: which is the one that meets my needs and which one can I afford.
Meanwhile Daniel studied – he’ll paint tomorrow.
Tuesday was pretty much derailed by my mum and dad leaving. You always feel flat after visitors leave, especially ones you love so dearly. Naomi worked on a design and create sewing project. She feels she did no school today and true she didn’t pick up a book but she did learn. She sent a few emails to organise a few projects – this is no different than a writing assignment. She also went to a girls Bible study and though kids who go to school also go to this, I consider is a part of her learning programme.
Daniel painted the first coat of colour. We’ll all be glad when this bathroom is done! Once the painting was done, he went back to his studies. Daniel spends a lot of his productive time writing stories so on days that don’t get a lot of formal studies done I know he is growing in writing, spelling and grammar, because he is using these things all the time.
Wednesday I had a parent-child/student talk with Daniel and then left him to his studies while I caught up with some folk I’d met at the GFA conference, who are travelling around Australia and who had decided to homeschool once they return home. We’d run out of paint so Daniel had another break from painting. Naomi studied for the morning with her main focus being on reading and note taking Dug Down Deep by Josh Harris; she is reading this book for her personal Bible study. She also baked for Mainly Music (even though the girls are done with helping out they offered to still help with morning tea) and went to town for her music lesson.
Thursday started with a rude awakening as the fire alarms went off at 4.45am for no reason other than smoke in the early morning sky – there are fires some distance away but nothing close by. Our day was actually sideswiped by a conversation on courting and dating (thanks to this article which I had passed onto my kids). Naomi studied and Daniel painted. Daniel also had his youth Bible study in the afternoon.
Friday the boys got ready for a weekend trip to Darwin for the NT Taekwondo Championships. Pete flew them up around mid day so they enjoyed some relaxing time together once they settle into the motel. Meanwhile the girls and I had a relaxing start to our weekend. In the evening Naomi went to youth group while Jess and I watched a few movies! So, very relaxed!
Conversations we’ve had this week:
This list doesn’t offer any of our opinions just some of the things we’ve been talking about. Maybe this will prompt some conversations in your family:
- Finance and investments – how do investments work, what does God say about money
- We watched “What Katy Did” and I asked the question – what did Katy do?
- Dating, courtship, engagement. Pros and cons – this conversation was sparked by Why Courtship is Fundamentally Flawed
Online reading – sharing links
My Unpinable School Room – I think a lot of us have spaces like this – they are functional
10 Things Organised People do Every Day – I know it in my head, but I don’t do them! I keep having these things as my goal. The kids and I are working on our evening routines, mainly about spending a little time today preparing for tomorrow.
I Quit “Liking” things on Facebook for 2 Weeks – still working through this one, but I like the idea.
Robin Williams didn’t die from a Disease, he died from his choice, by Matt Walsh. This post has caused an incredible stir online, and for that reason alone it is worth reading and talking over with your older kids. Read Matt Walsh’s follow up post as well.
Resources we Use:
Instead of a homeschool resource, I’m going to share an idea. This week as I’ve prepared this blog post I’ve looked back over my browser history and to be honest I’ve been a bit shocked. Shocked at where I’ve spent my time. It has been a worthwhile exercise. I didn’t spend a lot of time analysing, but it seems most of my internet use is simply browsing – there was very little that I could recommend to others, or that I would revisit again. We often consider the ‘history’ as a way of checking for inappropriate viewing, but though nothing I did was technically inappropriate, neither was it productive or helpful. Something to ponder!