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Monday was the ‘first day of school’ for the school kids in our town.  Though we had dabbled last week, this week was to be a full focus study week – no delays, no distractions, no excuses!  And then life happened!  Isn’t that always the way.

On Monday the kids really wanted to go to the library so after our Bible lesson (which was excellent, not only did we learn facts we also had a heart conversation which is even better!) we headed into town.  I checked with the librarians that they understood that these kids were homeschool kids, and not wagging school, and went off to do some town chores for Peter.  Once they were done I went and visited a friend for a cuppa.  I must admit I stayed too long there so when I picked the kids up they were starving (!!) so we bought lunch, and had a quick visit to the park.  It was a very nice day – the kids came home from the library enthused with books they had found or read during that time.

Tuesday Daniel worked with his movie project but we keep coming up against problems.  Problems are great for the learning process but too many problems it becomes unmotivating!

Nomi was sick on Tuesday and though she tried to focus it was really no point.  And the week just spiraled from there on with Daniel soon getting the flu as well.    The rest of the week was spent resting!

Daniel recovered enough to get to the teenage-boy’s Bible study (Nomi had to miss her groups first meeting).  This is a new initiative in town and Daniel is looking forward to all that they have planned.

Friday it rained – we have had over 12″ in 24 hours – water everywhere.  Some folk in town had a hard time of it, lost water, and power has been on and off.  We are out of town with our house built up a bit so we were fine.  There is a big difference when your property is not at risk – so our kids just had fun in the rain.

On Saturday we called a ‘family holiday’ – no chores – a creative day was the plan.  Pete went for a drive to see if roads where open and came back to take me for a drive along the farming country which was all flooded.  Late in the afternoon I picked up my project and finished it!  This is a quilt that was a part of Jessica’s 18th birthday gifts.  The idea of this quilt is that it is to remind Jess that she has had, and will have, women around her to love and encourage her, that she is not alone.  Many women, old and young, made blocks for this quilt, and then I put it all together.

Here’s some photos of our week (some doubled up from facebook)

 Here are some of the links to things I’ve found interesting and helpful this week:

It’s always good to read how other people’s homeschool days go – I particularly liked the idea of study hall time at the library on Thursdays

Growing Hearts – some intentional thoughts on helping her children grow in self esteem (based on Christ)

Teaching movie list for highschool students – I’m always looking for movies for us to learn from and talk about.

I would have loved Pinterest when my kids were younger and we were doing unit studies.  If you are at that stage you might find this article helpful:  Why my Lesson Plans regularly include Pinterest

I like book lists written from different people – though there are often double ups, you also get ideas that you may not have considered.  Here’s a list I found this week:  Homeschool Literature

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