Sunday, October 29, 2006

Weekly Review #1


Here's my very first review post.  This was detailed in an earlier post (see previous post of Oct 22).


1. Spiritually, I have made a stronger commitment to prayer this past week than I have in a long time.  Doesn't it feel good to pray for the people in your life?  Even the ones you don't know personally?  It makes you feel so strong. 


I also began reading the book "Victory Over The Darkness", by Neil Anderson.  This is already proving to be an excellent book. 

The main lesson I have taken from the reading this week is so simple, so basic. 

  • You don't feel your way into good behavior, you behave your way into good feelings.

I told you it was basic!  I have been struggling with realizing my own self-worth and ability to homeschool my children.  This speaks to me, telling me that I must behave as  the intelligent, kind-hearted, accomplished woman that I truly am.  I can not say these things and "be" these things.  I have to "act" accordingly, in order to feel this way!  I look forward to additional lessons to be learned through this book and through my daily Bible reading.




2. Our family time was spent mostly at home this week.  My husband hasn't been feeling well, having caught the bad cold that has camped out in our home for the past 3 weeks, slowly spreading from member to member.  I'll be so glad when everyone is healthy again!


Tim has also been very busy with work the past several weeks.  As a photographer, this time of year is our "busy" season, to say the least.  He was still able to make the kids' last soccer games and take them to the mall.  I've been pretty much staying at home with the baby until he gets his first RSV shot of the season.  That is scheduled for next week. 


Overall, we had a good week, in spite of illness.  We always seem to have a good time.




3.  Our school week went smoothly.  The boys are working hard to really get those math facts down.  We are using LLATL for everyone.  This has been a bigger hit than I expected.  Each of the boys is required to read from a book list daily.  I have mixed in science, history, art appreciation, biograpnies  and more fun-type reading.  Right now they are reading from The Boxcar Children series and The Little House series.  Both of these boys read well, but hate to read.  I'm trying to incorporate a few easier reads in with the required books to give them a break.  We usually work in Saxon Math, but this week we have just concentrated on facts drills.  This is something in which both boys are weak.  (It's not a marathon....it's not a marathon.)


My highschooler has a very tough schedule this year.  She is moving ahead, but is struggling with organizing her work and managing her time.  Something to really work on....


My Kindergardener is doing very well with CLP Math and 100 Easy Lessons.  We are using Five in a Row and just started "How To Make An Apple Pie And See The World".  I *love* this book.  We have been to Italy and remembered "Papa Picolo".  We are now in France and remembering "Madeline".  It amazes me how much is retained using FIAR!

We made butter this week in a baby food jar and spread it on bread.  The fact that he ate it and liked it----PRICELESS!  (He is extremely picky about "mouth feel" in his food.)


We had a great week!


I see several areas that need work, and some that just need a stronger commitment.


We will begin severely limiting video games and TV this week.  This should be interesting....



Until next week~

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