Monday, September 19, 2011

Another Week.. has it been a month already?




In my life this week…

Wondering what do do and what to put off.  Juggling.  And asking for much Grace.

In our homeschool this week…
Our homeschool this week was so different than what I had PLANNED.  Well, we actually ditched all plans (except for 4-H club, Yearbook club, band practice, and Driver's Ed. Class!) because it made more sense to tackle the inevitable, than to push through our well thought out and scheduled school days and squeeze the interferences in.  The interferences took over this week!  However, they would good ones.  (except for the sore throats and sneezes and stuffy heads we were enduring!)  Not laziness, or sloth, or frivolity, or mis-placed priorities.. not this time.  Because of the cold we were fighting, we all needed a little extra rest!  Couch time with a good book, or vegging out on old movies.  We did however, manage to get the basics done with the boys each day.  Alex and I even finished up his second Five in a Row lapbook.. for Who Owns the Sun?.  Monday through Wednesday, Amelia was too busy sorting and moving sewing supplies.  I was helping her.  Thursday was spent.. the entire day.. planning and packing for our weekend and taking care of household chores.  Friday was loading and traveling and the start of our first living history weekend of the season!
Helpful homeschooling tips or advice to share…
If you, our your children happen to love history.. consider becoming a living historian.  It is a great adventure!  Or at least, search your state's sites for events and go on a great field trip!

I am inspired by…
This homeschool momma blogger... I have really enjoyed reading other momma's blogs and getting a peek into other moms making it work! 
Places we’re going and people we’re seeing…
Averasboro Battlefield Historic Site.. and seeing old friends who are crazy enough to try so much to portray history accurately... and have a blast doing it!
My favorite thing this week was…
Being with my family.


What’s working/not working for us…
What's not working for us, is our organization system for our involved hobby.  We are working on building a trailer that will permanently house our camping supplies.  Then, hopefully, our home will not be turned upside down one day before an event and at least two days following! (laundry and dishes to wash.. and supplies to be tucked here and there all over this big old house!  We do not have an entire room to spare for storage!

Questions/thoughts I have…
When will be get back to normal days? So early in the school year we are in danger of loosing our 'vibe'!  I am determined.. next week will be a turning point in the battle ground for diligent full school days.. will we prevail!?!

Things I’m working on…
Laundry. Dishes. Making sure the children stay in the mindset for learning through these temporary distractions.

I’m reading…
Two World War II books from the library, both we have seen movies about!  Pre-reading them for Daniel and Alex.
I’m cooking…
Soup from a Colonial cookbook to feed Civil War soldiers!
I’m grateful for…
A quick recovery from our colds.. we are all in stages of repaired heatlh.. so thankful the sickness did not become severe.. even if it was very annoying and trying to endure.. it seems to be passing!
I’m praying for…
Wisdom.  Strength.  Patience.  And an outlook for the positive!  There is so much to be joyful about!
A photo, video, link, or quote to share…

I posted many pictures from our weekend on our new family blog, Married to a Manriquez.  Our living history hobby that began as a school project has grown into a family hobby, so I will no longer post entire entries of our events here on the Promise blog.  When the children experience anything new or learn a new skill, I will still post here for documentation and sharing. As far as what they learned this week? I am not sure if they learned anything NEW about history.. except that checkers was called 'draughts' during the Civil War!  But, they did talk to spectators and explain some things they had learned.  Daniel played a new role on the battlefield.  And Alex learned a lot from the Doctor who drilled him on history and vocabulary.. really.. it was great!  We meet a lot of very intelligent people, and they are usually very willing to share their knowledge when the children show interest!

2 comments:

Carrie said...

It's nice to meet you! I can totally relate to a week going awry and not coinciding with the plan! Life happens :) I too started to lose the momentum - only four weeks into the year - but yesterday I pushed through the prep work for today and it worked out. Keep on pushing! Have a great week.

lahbluebonnet said...

Oh, your kids learned that history is real, not just a bunch of facts! It has application! It influences us today. They learned speaking skills as they engaged with the guests! They worked on higher level thinking skills as they became someone from the past. They learned a lot!
Thanks for stopping by my blog, Teacups in a Garden.
Blessings,
Laurie