Homeschool Mother's Journal: January 17, 2014- Week 20 of My Father's World

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In my life this week…
We are studying Week 20 of My Father’s World. I’ve been very glad to be back into a routine. We are also now back to Preschool Praise Club- Kathryne and I teach-, Praise Club for the girls, All Access – youth group for Jason and Charles-, AWANA and praise dance. And volleyball sign ups started, so Kathryne will be in volleyball soon. Whew!

Pain levels have been a little better this week than last. The weather settled out a little- although we still had rain.

I am pretty sure that all my readers are getting tired of this, but I LOVE our dog. She cuddles; she loves; she kisses; she listens. I love her. I’ve began watching The Dog Whisperer, and I’m learning all about doggy behavior.

In our homeschool this week…
In Week 20 this week we’ve been studying monks and monasteries, st. Francis, castles, and other Middle Ages topics.

We practiced drawing two times this week- drawing drapery folds and drawing St. Francis.

We also made some stained glass this week. The kids used black crayons to make the outline and then colored in with bright colors. When the pictures were colored we were supposed to wipe them with vegetable oil. I didn’t have any regular vegetable oil, we wiped with coconut oil. It created the effect we wanted but didn’t dry. So today I stuck them to the window, coconut oil and all. They actually looked very pretty with the sun- which we finally had today- coming through. Unfortunately some of the coconut oil started turning to liquid, and I have a few streaks on my window. But the pictures still look great, so I would consider our art a success.

Today for lunch we created a Medieval monastery. We shut the shades and ate in the semi-dark with only candles to light the table. The book suggested split pea soup, but instead I heated up some “soup in a box.” It was pretty yucky, and none of us ate it; but the theme was fun.

Ashlyne and Rachel and I read about crystals in science today. We started our own crystals following these instructions:
1. Boil 1 cup of water.
2. Begin adding sugar and stirring it until no more sugar will dissolve.
3. Pour the mixture into a clean jar.
4. Tie a string to a pencil and suspend the pencil over the lid of the jar with the string hanging into the water mixture. Mix food color into it if desired.
5. Leave it for several days, and watch the crystals begin to form.

Helpful homeschooling tips or advice to share…
If something is working, don’t change it- no matter how good the next best thing looks. Read my math curricula story here for explanation.

Places we’re going and people we’re seeing…
We celebrated Charles’s 13th birthday on Sunday. I am officially the mom of two teenagers. For birthday’s I always make muffins for breakfast, and we put candles in and sing. (He had a 6 and 7 candle adding to 13 because we were a little short on candles.) On Tuesday evening we had our family over to celebrate with cake and ice cream.

On Saturday morning, my mom and I will be heading with Ashlyne to Greenville for the Furman gymnastics meet. Ashlyne competes late Saturday evening- 7pm- so we are going to spend the night.

My kiddos favorite thing this week was…
Charles was thrilled to celebrate his birthday and to have enough money saved up for what he really wanted to buy. Kathryne and Rachel were thrilled to begin praise and worship dance.

Things I’m working on…
Next week’s Virtual Curriculum Fair is coming on Monday. This week I’m writing about history and science which are some of my favorites; so I’m looking forward to this post.

I need to begin working on a curriculum list for next year so that as we get income tax money back, I can plan on purchasing next year’s curriculum.

I’m praying for…
I’ve heard several requests this week for children who are struggling with sickness- either acute sickness or long term sickness.

I rewarded my kids this week by…
I used a little bribery today to get kids to finish chores quicker. I don’t usually do this, but sometimes when I just need to move faster, I can motivate them with a promise of candy.

A photo, video, link, or quote to share (silly, serious or both!)…

Rachel has taken to reading her book basket books to Blondie after lunch. This week Blondie learned all about the human body.

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