Friday, July 12, 2013

Back to {Home} School! ~ 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!}

Greeting and salutations! It’s another glorious Friday! J

In our homeschool this week…Back to school! Despite only having a one-week break, we were all uber excited to be back to the books. In fact, throughout most of our break, the Bigs were thumbing through their new books, doodling out a few math problems, and flashing pictures of gross bugs they are going to study. {Okay, that last one was mostly the boy.}

I know they don't look excited. This is deep concentration.

I didn’t get the new eighth grade lesson plans completely ready in time, so Monday the 13yo asked me with every subject what she was supposed to do. 

My workspace -- the kitchen counter.

With the enthusiasm of the 11yo and the 9yo, the 7yo striving for her time to sit with me for phonics, and an unusually screechy and demanding pair of little boys, Monday was rather chaotic. Tuesday, in fact, was so much the same, that I posted on Facebook, “Blessed are those who wait patiently for naptime for they shall savor the silence.” J

Due to all the chaos, we didn’t get our first-day-of-school photos taken until Tuesday. I’m over it. J

In yet another Carver Family Fun Fiasco, after two days of designing and re-doing grade signs, the children finally lined up for a group photo. It was rainy, so we opted for an indoor shoot. The rain made the house feel a tad gloomy, so we turned on the cozy decorator lights. However, the spread of the children from window to window meant that the little bit of light outside cast a pall on the 11yo on the end. The fix? Close the blinds.


And...I just now saw the flash in the picture. Oops.

And there you have another Christmas in July First Day of School photo. J


Helpful homeschooling tips or advice to share…If you’re not completely ready for school to begin but the children are eager, start anyway! You might have to work a bit extra in the evening to get your preparations done, but think of the wave of enthusiasm you can ride.


On the blog this week…

One fast housekeeping note: I definitely feel called to homeschool, and that spills over to the blog. But I also have developed a great fondness for My Daughters’ Modest Mondays. My heart’s desire is to encourage women and girls who are going against the grain and striving for a modest lifestyle. And, as so often happens, when I encourage you, I am encouraged. So, I’m still going to post more details about our homeschool in the month of July, but I’m moving all that to Fridays. I’ll incorporate those specific themes into my Homeschool Mother’s Journal posts. That frees up Mondays again for modesty posts. I just wish I had thought of that a week ago and saved you the confusion.


I’m reading…Eyes to See: Glimpses of God in the Dark. I blogged about this book on Wednesday, but I have been so impressed with this story of a missionary family and their struggle with a rare cancer in their newborn that I wanted to share it again.

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Have a terrific weekend!







How was your week? When do you start back to school? How do you do First Day of School photos?





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16 comments:

  1. Love your beginning of the school year picture and post. Today was our first day back to trying a full schedule. My kids were very enthusiastic about getting started with history :-)

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    1. Wow, enthusiasm over history! That's terrific! My children like reading history living books, but they seem to dread the text even though they are absorbed once they get started. :)

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  2. Looks like a wonderful start back to homeschooling. I love the school photo.
    linking from Mamas Story/Our Days, betty jo

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    1. Thanks, Betty Jo. Have a wonderful weekend! :)

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  3. Love it! Thank you for posting lots of pictures of your school days. We plan on homeschooling but as I went to public school, it's difficult for me to imagine what a typical homeschooling day looks like. (I do occassionally spend time with some homeschool families we know, so that I can get a feel for the chaos of things.)
    Just out of curiosity, do your children usually wear long sleeves for modesty or do you just happen to take photos on colder days? It's been in the high 90's and low 100's here for weeks, seeing them in long sleeves makes me sweat! :) I will wear short sleeves but nothing sleeveless (generally not even for swimming.)
    Okay and one more question (which you've probably addressed, sorry!) what do you do about the little ones during school time? Do they have little "school" projects that they work on near the big kids, do they roam free, do you let them choose?

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    1. Both my husband and I went to public school, so we didn't have much idea of what we were doing either. We knew we needed to start with reading and that was about it. There are so many resources, books, blogs, etc. now (as opposed to 10 years ago) that I'm sure you'll figure it out quickly. :)

      We don't require the children to wear long sleeves, although I do like them for modesty. The 13yo actually prefers them, but the 9yo wears short-sleeved tee-shirts mostly in the summer. We do keep our air conditioning cool, so when we're inside long sleeves are comfortable. Outside, if the fabric is lightweight enough, we've found that long sleeves can be cooler as well because they keep the sun off your skin. Way back before the Lord led us to modesty, my husband and I knew a missionary family who ministered in Kenya. They told us that they prefer long sleeves in the Kenyan heat because the lightweight fabric forms a barrier between the sun and the skin.

      Regarding the Littles during school, I can't remember if I've done a post about that or not. :) I'll work one up!

      Thanks so much for your interest here, Kourtney. Many blessings to you!

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  4. Stopping in from Weekly Wrap up at Weird Unsocialized Homeschoolers.
    Hi Meghan,
    It's so hard to believe so many homeschoolers are already back to school. I'm waiting till September for the new school year to begin, but we are schooling through summer for the first time ever!

    I host a weekly week in review link up called "This Week..." I'd love for you to stop by and link up.

    ~~Renee

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    1. This is our first time homeschooling in the summer as well, Renee, and it has all of us really looking forward to our time off coming this fall and winter (our favorite seasons). Thanks for stopping by, and have a wonderful weekend! :)

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  5. What a great start to a new school year! Love seeing all those smiling faces in the group photo. Do you do a first day of school pic every year? It's been hit and miss in our school. Mostly because I'm so excited to get started, I forget all about the camera.

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    1. We didn't for several years because I just didn't think of it, Linda. But then I started reading blogs and getting a little more confident in my schooling, and I realized we still needed that memento of our beginning.

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  6. Hi Meghan, I love that you keep your learning going with out big breaks when the kids do nothing. As a public school teacher, I sure enjoy 6-8 weeks off during the summer, but it sure isn't good for the kids. Cute picture of the kids all holding their grades. What a great idea! You are obviously doing a great job of homeschooling. I have four kids and only one left at home. He will be a high school senior. I considered home schooling him when he was in about 2nd grade, but lacked information and confidence. Instead, I became a teacher to try and help him through school. I have great respect for those who home school well, like you are. Keep up the good work.

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    1. Thank you so much, Deb, for your kindness! As a teacher, you must have been a big help to your son and probably eased your mind about his education. Thanks for reading!

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  7. I need a "like button" -- your kids' first day of school picture is so adorable :)

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    1. I have read a lot of blogs where I wished I had a "like" button! Thanks, Bibi.

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