Saturday: The boys were in Darwin for the Northern Territory Taekwondo Championships. They both won their first rounds, Daniel lost his 2nd, though Josh went onto spar in a 3rd round. Josh won silver and Daniel an Achievement Award. Both boys faced opponents in a few levels above them so did very well.
Sunday: The boys went to the movies Sunday morning to watch How to Train your Dragon 2 (the girls went to the movies here in Kununurra to see the same movie on Saturday night.) They all enjoyed it though have spoken very little about it as not to let out any spoilers since I have yet to see it. Sunday night an old friend was in town on business so we invited him over for the evening. Though he is a pilot he is fascinated with how the brain works, and we spent most of the night talking about how our brains are wired, and how we can strengthen the aspects of our brain that are weakest. I asked each of the kids what did they take away from the conversation for themselves – they all found it interesting, and helpful to understand and accept themselves. I was reminded how important it is to expose our children to adults who are happy to talk about their passions and knowledge.
Monday: Daniel started his day with waking up on a N.T. time zone (1 1/2 hours earlier than expected!) He started his focus time (8.30am) with cleaning up spilt paint and drop sheets etc over at the bathroom. When he finished there I caught up with him to discuss his weekly goals and studies. We discussed a new science resource as he is nearly finished Inventions and Technology (God’s Design fr the Physical World). I spent an hour talking with Naomi – talking about her long term direction, skills she needed to work on, and resources she wanted to study over the next little while. We are going to go back to using an assignment sheet, but to set it for only a month. At the end of this four week period we will reassess what has worked, and what hasn’t and adjust before we set goals for the following 4 weeks. Both the kids have responded to this idea, seeing it less overwhelming than a terms work set before them.
Tuesday: A fantastic day where everyone knew they had focused and done well! Wahoo! The only extras that happened today was Naomi went shoe shopping with Jessica. How neat for sisters to be able to do this together. Naomi also has Girls Bible Study on Tuesdays. Daniel had 30min on Minecraft with a friend. We watched a movie over dinner, and ended up talking about some relational issues before we went to bed.
Wednesday: Another good day where Naomi and Daniel are taking responsibility for their studies. One thing that has changed over the last few weeks is that they are starting to be aware of their own body clocks in connection with study and rearranging the order of their studies to match the times they either focus easily or struggle.
Thursday: Daniel did his outside chores as well as a little extra sorting our camping stuff – as we are going camping on the weekend. Naomi had a late start to the day though she’ll catch up with her study to-do as the day goes on, even after dinner. I had appointments in town so they were working on their own. Naomi was very excited to receive a parcel of piano/music books so she spent extra time on the piano trying a new song or two. The Boys Bible Study was cancelled due to a School Sports Carnival (which happens in the late afternoon here due to the weather).
Friday: I spent the morning baking, and the kids packed the trailer. We are off to a church camp – though Pete and Josh aren’t able to make it. We arrived in a billow of smoke – apparently there is something wrong with my car, though the mechanically minded men at camp thought we’d get home okay.
Saturday: It was a very relaxing camp – the theme was ‘Rest’ so we practiced what we were learning about! Each family was responsible for their own catering, which was great – and though there was a communal/central area we tended to visit with each other over meal times, which created a very relational atmosphere. We enjoyed our time very much though we had to leave a day early as we had visitors arriving Saturday evening.
With assurance the car would make it, if I drove slowly and watched the temperature gauge, I headed home. We left the trailer and most of our camping gear there with someone else to tow home for us (which was very generous). But, alas… 15 minutes down the track the car overheated and I had to pull over. Someone had lent me their Sat-phone so I was able to phone Peter who hadn’t left for his next job yet so he was able to come and rescue us. So a 1 hour trip took about 3 hours – but we were in good spirits and refused to allow the hassle to get the better of us.
What I’ve been reading (Book or Online)
Homeschooling a special needs child (a list of links to good reading on this subject)
A list of 60 Busy Bags – I need to make some of these for the next time we have Little Miss staying.
Self Leadership and the One Minute Manager, by Ken Blanchard, Susan Fowler and Lawrence Hawkins: I enjoyed this book as it wove a story introducing principles of being a ‘self leader’. I will be reflecting on this a little more as I think about internal motivation and sharing my thoughts with my younger two kids.
A resource we are using:
Duke of Ed – The Duke of Edinburgh Award is something that I think many homeschoolers should consider for their year 11 and 12 students. It aims to create the habits of learning, volunteering and healthy lifestyle as well as setting some extra challenges if you go for Gold. The Duke of Ed is a significant achievement, and is well regarded in resumes. I think many homeschool kids are already do ing many of the requirements, and I know for our kids it was a matter of being consistent, taking ownership and being recognised for things that were already a part of their lifestyle.
Conversations we’ve had this week: This list isn’t sharing any of our opinions or conclusions – it is simply a list of ideas that may spark conversation in your family.
- How our brains are wired, accepting those differences, working with them, and growing from there (It was suggested that we read The Brain that Changes Itself by Norman Doidge – both Naomi and Daniel are interested in adding this to their reading list.
- How can I change when I don’t like something about me (heart stuff – not physical)
Linkups I’ve shared with this week:
I’m trying to catch up with reading different blogs, and one way to find interesting reading is to join in with a blog hop. As my week got busy I didn’t get there but here are a few blog hops I joined in with – which included reading a few posts each day.