Monday – We had a very social weekend so there were a few extra chores that needed to be done before we could settle into our studies. I also asked the kids to set up apps on their phone that they could use as a ‘to-do’ list. See more below the photos with the resources we’ve used. In the late afternoon/evening Daniel had Taekwondo, and Nomi had her piano lesson.
Tuesday – Daniel was up early hoping to go to town to do some downloading at an Internet Cafe. So the deal was he went in with Jess, walked to the library, studied there for a couple of hours, walked to the internet cafe (which is a part of where Jessica works) do his internet stuff and then meet us at the Remembrance Day service. Meanwhile back at home Nomi studied until we went to the Remembrance Day service. Unfortunately, the local RSL didn’t have the numbers to host this year’s service but the community decided to show up anyway. I think it was the most meaningful Remembrance service I’ve been too because it was personal – the community got involved. After that, Nomi, Daniel and I went clothes shopping. Though Nomi has been shopping independently for her clothes for sometime now, Daniel has always had me beside him, with me making choices and him saying whether he liked it or not. So today was a first – I pushed him into the deep end and said: go and choose these things. He did well. We bought lunch in town, headed home to do a little bit of study. Mid afternoon Nomi had an appointment in town, and then went onto the girls Bible study and Daniel stayed home to catch up with some friends and an online game.
Wednesday – Peter flew home today (he had been visiting with his folks over in Queensland), so we had a catchup over coffee in town before he came home and got caught up with office work. We also had some friends over for lunch. Meanwhile the kids studied. Daniel went to Taekwondo training – he is gearing up for another grading soon.
Thursday – Busy day! I saw 2 different tradesmen for 2 different home renno/maintenance jobs, did my grocery shopping and a few running-around-town-chores, cooked 2 meals for a team who are picking mangoes for fund raising. The kids studied, though they were interrupted a few times to help out with things – they both helped Jess with her chores, helped with unpacking the groceries, and Naomi reorganised one shelf in my pantry. Naomi actually had a rough night the night before and was up early so had a very good study day, before she crashed and rested for the afternoon. Daniel also studied well, had some down time and then went into the boys Bible study. It was nice that Pete was home and did the two afternoon town runs with Daniel and Bible study (he also delivered the meals for me, which meant I had some down time with Naomi late evening.)
Friday was our monthly homeschool co-op. Naomi and Daniel have mostly left the co-op but they joined in this time. Once the hot weather comes we no longer meet in the park and look for activities we can do in airconditioning. This month we played games at our house. They started off with water games – running under the sprinklers, a slippery slide, and water guns. Daniel set this up and supervised – he did a good job. Then after a little reminder about patience, they came inside to play board games. Daniel had a friend stay on for some computer game time. In the evening Naomi had youth group – a movie night and sleepover, and Daniel had Taekwondo training and then he joined the sleepover. Peter, Jessica and myself enjoyed a very relaxed evening of catching up with each other and then a bit of a DVD.
Josh and Jess: I rarely share what Josh and Jess are up to these days, as these summaries reflect the flexiblity of a learning lifestyle for my two homeschool kids. But time for an update.
Josh is working on his last unit so expects to graduate end of this month with his BA Ancient History / Politics. He is in the process of putting together applications / resume for the next thing. He fills his week with working a couple of mornings a week for garden maintenance business as well as a few afternoons of tutouring with an afterschool programme. He also volunteers with Scripture in School, and the boys Bible study.
Jessica’s direction has recently changed. She was tutoring a homeschool family a couple of mornings a week and studying with TAFE, Cert 4 Office Admin. Her tutoring had come to an end as the family was leaving town, and she was planning on studying full time. Instead she applied for a traineeship with a local business and has transferred her Cert 4 from external to local TAFE, and is working at the same time. She is loving her job, learning lots and is balancing all her commitments very well. She is working an hour or so a week for a business man who is on a round Australia trip with his family, processing his mail etc, leading a girls Bible study, and working very diligently with Duke of Ed: phsyical activity, volunteering and learning the piano.
Resources we’ve been using:
Naomi has switched to doing some of her learning from audio instead of always reading – at the moment she is listening to Dug Down Deep as her Bible study focus, and Story of the World as a history overview. As she listens she is doodling, journaling, mindmapping. We’ve made this switch as we try and understand her learning style and help her finish her homeschooling year strong.
Another change we’ve worked on this week is for the kids to use an app for their diary/to-do. This doesn’t give a record of their days, but rather just keeps what they have to do in front of them. Ideally I’d like them to have a reflective learning journal, where they record what they’ve worked on, thought about, or completed in the day, but we aren’t going there at this stage. Naomi has chosen any.do and Daniel rememberthemilk – both apps are available on android and web based. I like the webbased option as using a keyboard helps them be quicker at setting up their lists and gives a better overview when they need that forward planning.
What I’ve been reading (Online or as a book):
Some blog posts I’ve pondered over:
- No you’re not ‘Running Late’ – you are rude and selfish! – Telling punctuality like it is!!
- Great response when a mum was told she should have had an abortion: Awesome Response
- 31 Things my son should be able to do before He moves out – a few more still to go! Although everyone will always write a list like this from a different perspective, this type of list can be a helpful prompt to teach a few more lifeskills
- 5 Things Every Bonus Mom Needs to Hear – I love this concept of being a bonus mum – it reflects reality for those mums who are loving children to whom they didn’t give birth.
I recently finished reading “Love’s Sacred Song” – a novel inspired by the Song of Solomon. I really enjoy historical novels set in biblical times, with biblical characters – and I did enjoy this one. I guess the idea of Solomon writing such a love song, and yet having so many wives is an intrigue in itself! I am always fascinated with the combination of research (beyond the Bible) and the creative imagination that authors use to create such stories. But there were some heart lessons to learn as well. The Shunemite (the woman in the song) was represented as someone who loved Solomon with the love of God – without expecting anything in return. She wanted his love, but accepted him even when she was hurt. She (the character) beleived that God wanted her, through her love for Solomon, to reflect God’s love to Solomon. A good reminder for me, to love even when hurt, to trust God in my marriage even amongst disappointment (believe me, this character was disappointed when you consider the harem Solomon gathered!)
Also sharing and linking with others:
Throughout the week I share with one, or more of these blogs listed on my Link Parties page – but I share wrap up posts with: