Friday, November 22, 2013

A Hodgepodge of Helpful Stuff ~ Homeschool Week Wrap-Up

Raise your hand if you’re glad it’s Friday!

Sometimes a little break for a Nerf battle helps the week go by. J

In our homeschool this week…

We’re taking a break next week, so this week we’ve had our heads down and our noses to the grindstone, gittin ‘er done.

But it’s been a great week for helpful and encouraging links. I’ve been anxious to share them with y’all!

Helpful homeschooling tips or advice to share…

Just in time for the three Bigs, The Homeschool Classroom made available a state capitals crossword puzzle.

The 13yo thought she was a little rusty on the capitals, and she just enjoys crossword puzzles. The 12yo thought she remembered them from last year, so she reviewed. And the 9yo was studying them for a test coming up.  

Sometime after our break, we’ll work on the state facts crossword puzzle.  

Encouragement for the homeschooling mom…

Three amazing articles came to my inbox this week. They definitely have earned a spot on my Pinterest board.

Of course, Sherry Hayes has her usual wisdom. On her blog, Large Family Mothering, in “Self-taught: Homeschooling and the Autodidact”, she writes, “Education, as it is conventionally understood, has become nothing more than a power-grab. We no longer need a centralized, controlled system so that people can learn; information and instructors are just a click away.” My husband is a community college professor who teaches just as many online classes as he does face-to-face. The possibilities are endless.

Jacinda at Growing Home asks “Who’s Responsible for Your Child’s Education?” It’s a well-written answer that we all should already know.

Simple Homeschool, in “A Call to Homeschool High School”, lists five reasons to continue homeschooling into high school, including maintaining parental influence and authority.

I might blog on these topics in the future with my own spin. They are certainly subjects on my mind already, and I’ve been feeling pulled to write more about homeschooling. But for today, I don’t think I could have said any of this better. If you need encouragement, you won’t regret the time spent reading these posts.

We’re looking forward to…

Thanksgiving and a school break next week! Yippee yahoo! J

Turkey and gravy, mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, fresh vegetables, cranberry jello salad.
Peanuts “It’s Thanksgiving, Charlie Brown” and “The Mayflower Voyagers.”
Games like Uno and Dutch Blitz.
Reading more Thanksgiving books aloud.
Hymns and instrumentals in the CD player.

Due to this activity, I won’t be posting a Homeschool Mother’s Journal post next Friday. I will still post on Monday and Wednesday.

On the blog this week…

Our house this week…

Three dry days and we have a roof! J Just in time for more rain….

If you look closely, you can see a bit of shingle scrap flying off the roof. These subcontractors make a real mess, but they clean it up at the end. Whew!

God’s timing is perfect!

One last thing for this week…

I have {finally!} set up a Lilla Rose Facebook page. If you’d like updates on sales, flexis-of-the-month, and maybe a bit of encouragement from time to time, head over there and “like” the page.

I’m only planning on posting once each day {at most!}, so I promise it won’t be burdensome. J See you there, and thanks!

Have a terrific Thanksgiving!

How was your week?

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  1. Your house looks like a palace. All houses here in Holland are built on a foundation, have walls of brick and concrete floors. Our house is built on pilings ( stilts?), like many other house here. Otherwise the walls sag/rip by the swampy ground.

    I love the elegant design of your house. Its so beautiful!

    1. Thank you for sharing about your home in the Netherlands. I love hearing about other countries and how our perspectives differ. The ground in our part of the country is pretty firm - no stilts needed. :-)

  2. I'm amazed at how fast the house is going!

    1. As we were researching and talking to others who had built their homes, many said that they took over a year to complete it and get moved it. According to that time schedule, we're moving at a rapid clip. It's amazing even to have this opportunity! :-)

  3. What is in the background of your first picture? Is that a growth chart of your kids or a vertical timeline? It looks interesting! Glad you had a great week! (I'm hopping over from A Mama's Story)

    1. That's a growth chart that we bought when our first was born. She's turning fourteen soon. :-) We ordered it from Lillian Vernon, and I love it because it has spaces for seven pictures. By the time we had our fifth child, they weren't making that particular growth chart anymore. Thanks for stopping in, Casey!

  4. Thank you for the links, Meghan. I'm off to check those out right away. The house is looking good!
    Enjoy your week off and have a wonderful Thanksgiving. (Normal routine here in England. But can't complain as we've just had a week off :-))

  5. The house is looking good! One tip/story- When we were kids my parents had some extensive remodeling/repairs. The contractors did a great job cleaning up, but they still missed some nails. My mother got us all some large magnets and we went through the grass, driveway, all around the house, finding nails. They paid us a dime per nail, it was a lot of fun!

    1. That's a great tip! We've already had a run-in with a nail on the floor of the house, so I'm anxious to get every last one picked up if that's at all possible. Thank you! :-)


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