Friday, December 21, 2012

Finishing Up for Homeschool Christmas Break

Happy Friday and Merry Christmas!

In our homeschool this week…

It’s Christmas break ~ sort of. J One diligent and forward thinking student decided she didn’t want a big test hanging over her for three or more weeks. Monday, she studied. Tuesday, she took the test with great success. And all of it was done Christmas style ~~

Helpful homeschooling tips or advice to share…

Finish any big tests or projects before you take a break. Your break will be much more restful and enjoyable for both teacher and student if you don’t have unfinished work on your mind.

Places we’re going and people we’re seeing…

We’re finishing up our semester with a couple of field trips.

One day at the Cincinnati Zoo and their Festival of Lights…

Coats on top of coats. Baby, it's cold outside!

The baby giraffe, just a few months old, is over seven feet tall!

Twinkle Trail (It was even better after dark.)

Lights synchronized to Christmas music around the pond.

…and one day at the Creation Museum and their Christmas Town. {For the sake of getting the post up, this is an assortment of photos from previous years.}

I love this couple! Mary looks contemplative and reverent, and Joseph looks like he can't believe he was allowed to participate in the entire event. 
A speaker / narrator stands up on the balcony and gives an incredible 15 minute talk.

Lights throughout the botanical gardens. {This was the year I was great with child #6.}

Dinosaurs! How cool is that?

Questions/thoughts I have…

Where’s the snow? Sharing all those incredible pictures on Facebook hasn’t helped my contentment with another mild winter.

I’m reading…

The Bridge by Karen Kingsbury and A Merry Little Christmas by Anita Higman. I love reading Christmas stories because they’re usually a little shorter and a lighter, faster read.

It’s like decorating my mind for Christmas.

In our family read-aloud time, we’re savoring every word of Max Lucado’s An Angel’s Story

I’m grateful for…

My children. Like parents across the country after last week’s unfathomable shooting in Connecticut, I’m holding my children more and tighter, reminding myself to cherish every moment.

I’m praying for…

The families of the victims. It’s hard to imagine that depth of grief.

The families of the survivors. How does a child emotionally sort through that kind of experience?

The counselors and psychologists that will be involved in the care of the survivors. They need the Lord’s guidance and wisdom.

The rescue workers. Their involvement in the aftermath will be seared in their minds for the rest of their lives.

The family of the shooter. There is a woman in Florida who is now grieving the loss of both her daughter and her grandson through the most heinous of circumstances. There are also brothers of the shooter. I don’t know their circumstances, their connection to the gunman, or the state of their souls. 

But I do know that this world needs a whole lot more Jesus.

Have a wonderful and blessed Christmas and school break!

Do you like to read anything special during the holidays? Are you on school break? What are your plans?

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  1. O Meghan, your photo's are so great. My children love to see you children :-)

    Here the snow is away :-( But me makes it cozy in house now and thats fun too.

    Big knuff ( mix englisch/dutch, haha ) I mean: big hug.

    1. Thank you! Hugs to you, and have a wonderful Christmas!

  2. I'm looking at everyone else's snow pictures and dreaming of snow too.

    1. We actually did get a little bit right after I posted this, but it's melting fast. Have a wonderful Christmas, even if it's green!

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    1. Thanks, Emmalee. Have a wonderful and blessed Christmas!

  4. Wow! Those lights are gorgeous! We haven't drove around town yet to see the lights. Perhaps closer to Christmas when we're not sick (I hope).

    We're on break until 2013. Just reading and resting and right now coughing. ;) I wished we had finished our read aloud before break as we haven't gotten back to it in a week!

    Anyway, Merry Christmas!

    1. I've heard of a lot of sickness going around. It's a tough time of year to have everybody coughing and feverish. Praying for your recovery and that you have a wonderful and healthy Christmas!

  5. We had great plans to finish a big science test and writing assignment before Christmas, but plans got altered by a fever, cough, etc. But our son is feeling better and no more fever, so we're grateful for that!! :)

    Hubby found a book at the library called Stories Behind the Best Loved Songs of Christmas. The stories we've read so far are neat!

    Beautiful photographs!

    Christa Upton

    1. We have a terrific book about the stories behind the traditions of Christmas. I'll have to look for the one about the songs. Praying for your recovery and that you'll have a terrific and blessed Christmas, Christa!


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