It’s been a while since I’ve shared any links to what I’ve been reading online – I’ve been reading, just keep forgetting to pass them on! I also thought I would start to share a little of our week. Learning often looks different the older the kids get and I have often not shared the things that keep them busy but I might try to do more of that this year.
We started the week off with celebrating Australia Day – a BBQ with friends, and I made lamingtons which are a traditional Aussie cake. We didn’t do the public holiday but instead started our study schedule – Jess has started a TAFE course in Office Admin, Naomi resumed her studies though she only worked for 3 hours – the rest of her day was spent on creative projects like making a teddy bear.
Daniel worked on a movie-making project and helped Peter in the yard – they installed a new sprinkler system. Over the last 6 weeks Daniel has been going to work one day a week with Josh doing commercial and residential yard maintenance. He has finished that now.
As you may have read in my newsletter - I am on ‘rest’ instructions from my doctor because of a sore shoulder but fortunately it doesn’t hurt to use the computer so scrapbooking has been my main activity. I have also finished my online shopping for a quilting retreat Jess and I are going to – very hard buying quilting fabric online, but looking forward to the weekend in February.
Naomi was on cook duty which was great timing as she received a Jamie Oliver recipe book for her birthday and chose two pasta recipes to try out. She did very well – the girls can cook, the training now is about doing a whole meal and doing it quickly. Good, quick recipes certainly help with this. During one of her cooking nights we had a power out so she had to cook a new recipe in the dark, or by torch light – which was a bit of a curveball, but she did very well.
This week I shared a post at Our Homeschool Forum: Redeeming those Bad Days – The quicker we can recognise the day turning bad, the quicker we can change our plans so that we can use the day instead of write it off!
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lamingtons for Australia Day
Daniel heads off on his go-cart with tripod and camera to find footage for his movie, only to come back covered in mud!
Naomi cooking dinner
Cooking in the dark thanks to a power-out
Some good links to read:
Authenticity, Honesty and the Stay at Home Mother - This is one of those posts that you read and say “Yes!” it has put words to something that has often gone around in my head unable to be expressed.
Computer programming is something that I have had in the back of my mind to look into: I appreciated Jimmie’s review and am going to look into this for a mid-year project for Daniel. Computer Programming for Homeschool
‘Living Math’ books helped me find stories to teach math. I could do this naturally with language, and Bible, but math was hard for me to convert to stories, to life). I’ve been reading through this blog: Talking Math with Your Kids, and it is inspiring me to see the math opportunities around me.
I’ve been looking at Udemy for some skills-based courses for my kids. Daniel will be signing up for this photography course for kids next week.
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