Friday, June 14, 2013

The Return to Glorious School and Schedule ~ 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!}

It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood….

In our homeschool this week…

After a three week break filled with Daddy time and enjoying the cool spring weather, we’re back to the books this week with fifteen days to go to the end of this year’s curriculum. So we’ve returned to sharpening pencils, calls of “Mom, I need help,” the comfort of routine, two cups of coffee in the morning, piles of bookwork to be checked, the heady aroma of books and learning and growing.

I love having my husband home all day, and our family had a wonderful time together. But it’s also wonderful to be back to a bit of a routine and feeling of accomplishment.

Remember the persuasive research paper the 13yo wrote a few weeks ago? A 6,000 Year Old Earth? She adores lapbooking, so she decided to do a lapbook with the information from that paper.






Then the 4yo decided he wanted to make a lapbook. I thought it was a tremendous {and adorable} first effort!



My favorite thing this week was…

Signing the children and myself up for our library’s summer reading program. For the first seven books read, they get a free book, and there are little prizes along the way. Grand prizes at the end of the program include State Fair tickets, and the teen program prize is an iPad mini.

As a result, it’s now all reading, all the time around our house. I’m going to have to push them to do something else sometimes, but I’m definitely not complaining about that. J


I’m looking forward to…

Getting this thing off my countertop.


My dainty, girly-girl 7yo won the Quiet Seat prize in Children’s Church last Saturday, and, out of an entire basket of choices, she selected this grow-in-water snake. Eeek!

When it gets big enough, she wants to keep it in the bathtub. Please, Lord, no!


On the blog this week…



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I’m reading…

A Very Special Delivery (Love Inspired). It’s from the Love Inspired line of Christian romance, and it’s quite good so far. It's also free {at least as of the time of this post} on kindle. Free is good!




My girls are reading…




These are {Christian} Amish mysteries they earned through the library’s reading program. We were THRILLED to see something appropriate on the cart! The problem is that one girl got the first book in the series and the other girl got the second in the series with the idea of sharing them. Great plan, right? But now who reads them first? J


I’m cooking…

Nothing specific, but training the 13yo along the way. Like mother, like daughter. J




Have a blessed weekend!









How was your week? Are you still in school or on summer break? What sort of summer reading programs do you participate in?






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14 comments:

  1. We love our library summer reading program as well. This year I've got my nieces and nephews on board, too and I can't wait to take them all to pick up their free books!

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    1. Enjoy your reading, Shirley, and those nieces and nephews! :)

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  2. I love both lap books! We're a bit out of routine right now and I'm looking forward to getting back into a schedule. Visiting from Fellowship Fridays. :-)

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    1. Isn't it interesting how soothing, relaxing even, a bit of routine can be, Kara? Thanks for visiting!

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  3. Off to Google where to buy growing snake....

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    1. Val, you're volunteering for a growing snake?? The thing did, in fact, end up in the bathtub with her last night. Ick.

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  4. We haven't done a lapbook in a while. I'll have to see if the kids want to do one sometime this summer. They're lots of fun!

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    1. They're also great ideas for birthday cards or special occasion cards. The children are working on one this afternoon for Father's Day tomorrow. Have a great weekend! :)

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  5. Check out the snake we dissected on my latest learning log! Eek!! :P

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    1. Dissection? Ick! I remember that from my days in school, and I'm glad we're not there yet. I'll check it out, Tereza. My children will love it.

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  6. What a fantastic lapbook!! The snake...not so much ;-) My eldest loves to read, it makes me so happy.

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    1. Yes, Cheryl, it was a week of extremes. :) I know what you mean about making you happy to see your children read. Love it!

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  7. That is a great lapbook by the 4 year old. I love how the younger ones want to do what the older ones are doing. I hope you can get the snake off your counter soon.

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    1. Well, Beth, the snake is off the counter. But now he's in a five gallon bucket by the back door. Do you think the children would notice if he got tossed out?

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