It is tricky to document learning when it isn’t confined to books. You have to take note of conversations you’ve had, instructions you’ve given, times you’ve helped your kids with something, projects they’ve worked on, activities they’re involved in and a lot of incidental life throughout the week. I have found it easy to keep a running sheet – either on a clip board on my kitchen bench, or on my laptop so that I can jot notes as I think of recording something. My recording over the years hasn’t been consistent and sometimes I haven’t actually kept my lists (something I regret) but it is always encouraging to look back over the week and see that our children are growing.
Here are some of the things that have happened over the last two weeks:
- Google is your Friend! We say this a lot in our house. When you don’t know something, ask Google! There is always someone who has had the same problem as you and there will usually be a solution to be found. “How to….” has become a popular search in our house lately.
- Blogging – Naomi and Daniel are slowly getting interested to blog again.
- Build Muscles – when learning to do something new it is always tempting to look for shortcuts (or different technology to do the task for you more easily) but sometimes we just need to build muscles – start at the beginning and learn step by step how to do it.
- Online to-do lists. We have so many spheres in our life, it is very hard to remember each to-do list for each sphere. Learning to write it down – Daniel is using paper system, Naomi started to use Google Calendar and Remember the Milk.
- Know yourself – we’ve had discussions on how our brain ticks – the limitations, and the benefits. As we learn to not only know ourselves but accept ourselves we can find solutions for the things that we find hard.
- Naomi packed my bag for me to go away for the weekend. She thought of a few nice little extras for me. Not only was it very helpful for me – it showed me that she can think through packing for a weekend. The kids have been packing their own clothes etc for weekends away, camping, and holidays for a while now – but I always go over the lists. Packing for someone else takes this skill to a different level!
- Cooking – Naomi picked up cooking a few meals at the last minute as other things took my attention. Once again, jumping into the kitchen, unexpectedly, taking over from someone else, is an extra skill to the cooking itself.
- Naomi is selling stuff as I declutter online. Stuff turns over quickly so she is earning herself some good cash. She has created a system to manage the flow of uploading and actually receiving the cash.
- My kids use a cash journal to record their money – income, and expenditure/savings. This week we’ve discussed budgeting, and how you can set aside money for a particular purpose and yet still have all your money in the bank. This is a transition that the kids need to make from having ‘jars’ for each purpose. Eventually I want to transfer my kids to a digital bookkeeping system.
- Daniel worked for some friends this week; they are building a house and needed an extra pair of hands.
- Naomi designed a few costumes for a dressup party – Because we have limited op.shop opportunities here in town, often our dressups are about using what we have, and pointing towards our chosen character not completely copying. She helped Peter become Doc the Dwarf from Snow White, she painted a mask for me to become the “Mirror Mirror”, and she created some horns for herself to be Maleficent. Daniel got into the spirit of our dressup day, and his standout was using makeup to create two very realistic scars on his face.
- Character issues we’ve talked about: Flexibility – where you need to have a plan to start your day, but you need to be flexible when other things pop up that may change your priorities.
Blog posts that have I interested me:
* The Moment Every Parent Dreads – and yet we can still know God is with us.
* Which Online Homeschool Planner is best for you – lots of research done here, as well as an infographic to guide you through choices.
* Be Patient with Me Mommy, I’m only Little (and if you have big kids – be patient with me Mommy, I’m still learning that bit!)
* 50 Best Bible Verses to Memorise – I am challenged about the one-liners we can memorise from movies, and yet not so well with the Bible.
Things we’ve Talked about:
This Sunday I’m going to introduce this question and see where our conversation goes. (Sunday morning is one of the consistent times we have together as a family these days, so I try and bring a topic to the table each week.)
“The Christian shoemaker does his duty not by putting little crosses on the shoes, but by making good shoes.” Martin Luther.
Also sharing and linking with others:
Throughout the week I share with one, or more of these blogs (see more details on my Link Parties page)
Monday’s Musings, Thoughtful Spot, Mama Monday Musings, Hip Homeschool Moms Blog Hop, Titus 2 Tuesdays, Coffee and Conversation, Finishing Strong (Middle & Highschool years), Capture your Journey, Thriving Thursdays, Hearts for Home, Shine Blog Hop, All things with Purpose, A Little R & R, From House to Home, Fellowship Fridays, Homeschooling Highschool Linkup, Weekly Wrap-up, Collage Fridays, My Week in Review