Friday, February 15, 2013

The Week Where We Organize {A Little} ~ Our Homeschool Week Wrap-Up

Are you glad it’s Friday?

Helpful homeschooling tips or advice to share…

Give your children a package of post-it flags {what we affectionately call “stickies”} and let them flag pages in their workbooks that they might need to refer back to later. My 9yo has even labeled his flags.
I did this in all my law texts while I was in school, and I still do this with books I’m reading.

Places we’re {not} going…

The Creation Museum. The 13yo is writing a persuasive research paper on six-day creation. That deserves a field trip! However, that same 13yo came down with the flu on Wednesday, so we’ve postponed our field trip for a few days.

For her paper, we knew we couldn’t go the public library for resources, but we’ve purchased so much from the Answers in Genesis Bookstore that she was able to find sources right off our shelves at home.

It’s a different world than when I was her age, so her resources also include a couple of articles from the Answers in Genesis blog. Is anyone else astounded by the changes in technology since we were in school?

My favorite thing this week was…

Holly, my thirteen-year-old, squealed in soprano when she saw what we got in the mail from Lilla Rose on Monday.

I know that doesn’t have much to do with homeschooling, except for the interruption it provided. J

What’s working for us…

We finally organized my just-now-seven-year-old and her homeschool materials. My handyman Mr. put the shelf in her cubby upright, so we got her books standing up and in the right order. I didn’t think to take a before picture of the cubby itself, so just imagine that mess on the floor stacked up in and flowing out of the cubby. 

We’re looking forward to…

President’s Day this coming Monday. Homeschool Share has a free download for a President’s Day lapbook template. We’re definitely doing that! We’ll probably also listen to the Adventures in Odyssey audio programs on For God and Country. It’s a dynamic way to learn of both the American Revolution and President Lincoln. In the afternoon, I’ll sit down with the Bigs and we’ll watch some of The History Channel Presents The Presidents DVD series, particularly the segments about George Washington and Abraham Lincoln.

On the blog this week…

A book review of Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking . I’m so enjoying the conversation in the comments and all the confessions of “I’m an introvert!”

A continuation of the Big Family Idea Bonanza Series as a spin-off from Quiet ~ How Does a Mom Find a Moment to Breathe?

Have a wonderful weekend!

What did you do for Valentine’s Day? Are you planning something for Presidents Day? How was your week?

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  1. I love the Post-it idea! I just started doing that this year and it saves a lot of searching through pages while the kids wait...or for them to find something they need. Super simply, but beneficial!

    What a beautiful hair pin!

    Valentine's Day? Well, we went to the local ice cream parlor and got HUGE, but FREE sundaes and then went ice skating! We'll be visiting family on President's Day or maybe seeing some friends who moved away. Vacation week!

    1. Your free sundaes sound incredible! Have a great vacation, and thanks for visiting!

  2. I love all that organizing...thanks for sharing on Photo Friday Blog Hop~

  3. Sorry to hear the field trip was postponed but better than cancelled. What a great way to see so much of what is being learned!

    1. We love The Creation Museum, so we won't postpone for long. :) Thanks for visiting, Lindsay!

  4. I love post it flags too...I can't remember how we ever got by without them before I made the discovery of how useful they are. We use them as bookmarks in any old book we are reading too -- they are so much less likely to fall out!

    1. If I don't have a flag, I'll turn the corner of the page down. But that isn't as pretty as the flags and then the book gets bulky. Bookmarks are good too! Thanks, Kirsten!

  5. Hi! I'm new to your blog. I am guessing we probably live not too far from each other since you mentioned the Creation Museum (we are in Dayton, Ohio). We keep aiming to get there, but we haven't yet. It looks really cool. I hope you get to reschedule your trip soon. I look forward to getting to know you.

    Suburban Farm Girl

    1. We're in Indiana, so it's less than two hours away. I hope you get to go soon - it's our favorite field trip. So glad to have you here, Lynn!

    2. I enjoyed reading through this post and looking into your life through the pictures. I love using sticky notes for homeschooling!! I linked up right after you n "A Mama's Story" today...nice to see you around our niche in the blogisphere!! Have a terrific day!!

  6. That hair pretty is something to my daughters would squeal about for sure! Can't get a better homeschool distraction than that!

  7. Love the stickie idea. We need those in my son's pre-algebra book! Love, love the Creation Museum. We lived in Louisville for 6 years and went several times. Hope your daughter feels better soon and you get to go. Have a blessed week.

    1. I think we're planning for next weekend, assuming all are well. Thanks for stopping by!

  8. Thanks for linking up to Hammock Tracks. Meghan you always inspire me with at least one small tip, every week. Thanks!


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