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the homeschool mother’s journal 11.30.12

the homeschool mother’s journal 11.30.12

Joining in with iHomeschool Network today:

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In my life this week… we’ve re-entered life slowly after spending Thanksgiving with family in CT.  Our family enjoyed a lovely stretch of days there; I appreciate my in-laws who completely took care of the children so hubby and I could go out – twice.

In our homeschool… this time of year is a different pace as we catch up on any work (such as our seasonal literature plan for 1st grade and preschool, updates coming next week!)  The girls (9th & 4th) are plugging away at speeches for club – regional competitions for the 9th grader begin in January.

We’ve discovered Lamplighter dramatized audios, which were dramatically reduced (pun intended :)) to just $5 each recently, and the children are completely smitten.  Lots of drawing, Legos, coloring, and more while listening to a good story.  I’m grateful for such excellent products!

Helpful homeschool tip to share… these upcoming dark December days are great for read-alouds, time in the kitchen, art projects, special Christmas celebrations and more.  Live in the moments of the season.

I’m being inspired by… another read of The Rhythm of Family!  Also, I’m contemplating this article, ‘The Argument Against Raising Well-Rounded Kids’ and research on the importance of  specialization for children & teens.  This is a big conversation between my husband and I as we observe God-given abilities rising up in our children, and we pray and think on how best to offer support.  I don’t agree with every detail of the article, but it’s good food for thought.

My favorite thing this week was… watching our 6 (soon to be 7!) year-old quickly pick up some piano music and play to his heart’s content.  This boy, his music — a beautiful relationship.

I’ve been thinking… into ‘next year’ some.  A few plans, jotting down ideas and thoughts in various areas of life.  Feeling my way into another opportunity for fresh starts so to speak.  I’m sure I’ll say more this upcoming month.

{the ‘old’ kitchen}

Things I’m working on… preparing for Advent’s arrival (Sunday!), readying an order from Mountain Rose Herbs, and still keeping before me the need to move slowly and find rest in our days.

I’m reading… a hodgepodge of things, no books really being worked through right now….mostly articles.

I’m grateful for… virtual friends :).  You write here and write in with words to encourage, what a blessing!  Journeying with kindred spirits makes blogging all the more fun.  Thank you!

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And friends, that’s it…

Grace to your weekend.

This post is also linked with Big Family Friday


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  • Jessy at Our Side of the MountainNovember 30, 2012 - 5:26 pm

    Oh, I totally agree! It’s been frigid in Maine the last few days so we have a box full of library books just waiting to be read under blankets with hot cocoa. We just need the cocoa now! LOLReplyCancel

  • julieDecember 6, 2012 - 4:25 pm

    So happy to find your blog. Was doing a research on Illuminations (which I am thinking of switching my 10th grader to) and happened upon your blog. Have enjoyed looking through your curriculum for your different ages. We have a wide range of ages too. I will tell you that my FIAR days with my four oldest were some of the best homeschool memories ever. We still talk about the things we did and those books became good friends. It is a wonderful curriculum! Have a blessed day! JulieReplyCancel

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