Sometimes it is really good to take stock and see what is being talked about in your house, what lessons are being learnt. Some days just feel like we don’t achieve anything, but more often than not that is when we only consider the book work as learning. When we step back and see something broader it can be quite exciting and very encouraging.
So on Monday I took the time to actually see and hear what was being learnt.
We started with our family devotions which I decided to do a catch up lesson with our character trait, deference. We looked at three aspects
- Manners – physical practices that help us form the habit of considering the other person
- Watch the words we speak – our language reflects the respect we show for the other person
- Compromise – deference doesn’t mean we compromise on what is right, because ultimately we need to show deference to God by following his ways. We also show deference by stopping or warning our ‘brother’ about going down a wrong path.
Everyone filled in their goals for today into their diary. I discussed with Joshua his study goals and how to build a good chart to reflect both his goals and his progress. We also reviewed his study schedule and time management.
Jessica talked with me about the books she has finished reading and has yet to write about. In talking to me she clarified her thinking and found a motivation to get those thoughts down on paper. As she talked I recognised that her thinking is developing and she is making connections between books she reads, conversations we’ve had, movies we watch and lectures she seen/heard. This is very exciting. Had we not had this conversation I don’t know I would have seen this growth in her.
While this happened Nomi and Daniel started their independent work. Once I was free I helped Nomi with her handwriting. She is trying to decide which style of cursive she would like to develop as her penmanship.
Once Daniel was finished with his independent work he worked on Storybook Creator Plus (digital scrapbooking programme) to make a poster for his Character assignment. He did what most kids do and put ‘stickers’ all over everywhere. So we had a quick lesson on design – less is best! Jessica also started to work on her poster and though she has a good eye for design there were a few tips I passed along to her as I passed by the office.
Somewhere along all this I had a conversations with Josh about his study and conversations he has been having online.
Daniel discovered a little programme on my laptop that plays around with photos – he has had a ball putting afro hairstyle on anyone who sits down in front of the laptop, adding sunglasses and moustaches! We had a short conversation about how easy it is to waste time, and yet we need to balance that with discovering new things.
While Nomi finishes up her Character assignment – to find 3 manners that we could polish up on as a family, Daniel heads outside to swing his whip for a bit, and Josh prepares his own lunch using left overs.
Everyone read while we ate lunch. Love reading while eating!
I then fell asleep so I have no idea what happened next except when I woke up jobs were done and people were all focusing on something! Nomi was working on her manners poster. Jess on her book notebook pages. Daniel was exploring the World Book Encyclopedia DVD.
I had a conversation with Josh about how important it is to take the social boundaries we have in a face to face conversation into the online discussions. It linked in very well with our discussion this morning on Deference – I finished the conversation with giving him an article to read from Character First.
Though Nomi didn’t finish all her studies on her list I encouraged her to leave the rest for today (at 2.30) so she has time to work on a few creative projects she is making as gifts for friends.
Mid to late afternoon I worked in the kitchen and on the computer.
Jess and Nomi both worked on creative projects. Jess made a card and Nomi began a sewing project. Daniel played on the wii for ½ hour and then listened to audio stories with the girls. 4.30 comes and Nomi and Daniel rush out the door to go to listen to Odyssey on the Christian radio station which we can only pick up in the car!
Because I needed extra time for some of my projects today I cancelled our science lessons and decided to watch our Science DVD over dinner.
Then it was time for dishes, showers and bedtime. So as I look back over our day – yes lots was learnt, though we didn’t really touch on our planned lessons or read alouds.
Have you ever recorded your day like this? I encourage you to put on some different glasses and see what goes on in your day for what it is.