Friday, May 24, 2013

The One Where We Quit for a Bit ~ Homeschool Week Wrap-Up

{On Fridays, I post about the highlights of our homeschooling week, usually with lots of photos. I hope something here inspires or encourages you, and thanks for visiting!}

Can you believe it’s Friday already?

In my life this week…

Normally, we’re on vacation during these three weeks my husband has off in May. But we’re planning something BIG for this summer, so we opted not to spend the money on the vacation but on the something BIG. {I’ll fill you in in a few weeks in another series. J}

Since we’re not on vacation, we had planned to continue to plow through to the end of school.

But, since his time off is looking more and more like this….



 And this….



And even this….




We decided to take a homeschool break while he’s off. We’ll finish up our last 15 days after he returns for the summer semester at the beginning of June. Then, we’ll take another short break and then plunge on ahead so we can take a long break in the fall, our favorite season.


In our homeschool this week…

The 13yo and the 11yo are CRaZy for lapbooks! The 11yo opted to do a lapbook as a book report, rather than the standard three paragraph report.



She read The Chimney Sweep’s Ransom by Dave & Neta Jackson. Are you familiar with the Trailblazer series of books?

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Each book is from a child’s point of view and tells the story of how that child interacts with and is changed by a well-known historical Christian figure, such as John Wesley, William Tyndale, William Penn, George Washington Carver, or Florence Nightingale. I love that the children love these books. They are learning about important people and events in Christian history while enjoying reading.


We’re looking forward to…

A day trip to a state park next week for some hiking and picnicking, more game-playing, and maybe even a family sleepover.


Things I’m working on…

Still working on that children’s book to give away to email subscribers. Maybe I’m a dunce when it comes to technology, but producing quality digital illustrations just doesn’t seem that easy.

And, my husband is thinking of starting a blog, a combination how-to DIY and raising a large family theme. We’re praying about it, but I can see how those two subjects coincide quite frequently. The time involvement is a bit daunting, but if God says yes, then who are we to say no?


On the blog this week…

My Daughters’ Modest Monday ~ At Church Softball Night ~ A few pre-game action shots of the girls at our church’s family softball night.

Making Candy and Falling in Love in 1910 ~ Unrivaled Book Review ~ If you like Christian historical fiction, you’ll enjoy this story. It reminded me constantly of the “Toot Sweets” scene in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.

Have a terrific weekend!








How was your week? Do your children like the Trailblazer books?






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20 comments:

  1. Love it here when Daddy is home!! So glad to see that you all enjoy it too! There's just something special about our home when we're all here together. Needless to say, school doesn't get accomplished as it would when he's at work. That's ok by us. We school through the summer so we can take off those special days with Daddy. Like you, we also take time off in the fall which is the best time to vacation in our opinion---less crowded, wonderful weather and reduced rates. Love reading your blog! Have a wonderful time with hubby/daddy at home. :)

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    1. Definitely special when Daddy's at home all day! I loved your comment so much I quoted you when I shared this post to Facebook! :) Thank you for your kind words, Michelle.

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  2. Ooo, would you bring your crew to paint at my house please??? We need to change everyone's bedrooms around before baby 8 arrives in July and they need painted too. We're moving 4 boys to one room, 2 girls and a boy to one room, and then mommy/daddy/new baby to the last bedroom.

    I would also really love to pull up the rest of the carpet downstairs. We've got wood floors underneath which will be easier on our 1yo who is about to get his first wheelchair. Maybe I'll get an energy burst soon? Just 8 weeks to go before baby arrives.

    I love when daddy is home and everyone can spend time together! Enjoy it!

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    1. Congratulations on #8, Tristan! Sounds like you have a great plan, and I love the wood floors. Have a great weekend!

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  3. I can tell you're having some quality family time together! And taking a break once in a while is never a bad thing, right? :) We just wrapped up for our summer break and I was so ready for it.

    Visiting via Hammock Tracks today:)

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    1. Breaks are always appreciated! So glad to have you here, Lora.

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  4. So awesome to be able to break when Dad is home!

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    1. One of the many reasons we homeschool. Dad is a college professor, and his breaks don't match up with our local public school breaks. The only time off they would share would be Thanksgiving and Christmas. So glad to have you here, Sarah!

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  5. It looks like a great week. I found a bunch of Trailblazer at Goodwill.

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    1. Good prices, then! :) Thanks for visiting, Beth.

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  6. What a great (and productive) week! Love it! :-) How wonderful to see everyone working together and getting home projects accomplished. (and game time in there, too!)

    Have a wonderful time at the state park and a good holiday weekend!
    Many blessings, Lisa

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    1. My husband definitely does not enjoy painting, Lisa. But now that he has helpers...much better experience. And the children loved it! Love to see on your blog your family all working together, too. Have a wonderful weekend!

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  7. Looks like fun. I did alot of painting too. Hope you have a wonderful week.

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    1. Michelle, you are a painting queen! I wish I had the courage to pull out the pan and roller whenever inspiration strikes. :)

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  8. Well, I would say that it was a productive week "off". Sometimes you just "gotta go with the flow", right? Great idea about the lapbook book report! Sounds like a good series of books!

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    1. Definitely flowing here, Jessy. Maybe the Trailblazer books would make good read-alouds?

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  9. One of the reasons I love the flexibility of homeschooling so much! I am a new follower and looking forward to reading more!

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    1. Agreed completely on the flexibility, Melissa. We wouldn't have much time together if not for homeschooling. So glad to have you here!

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