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My Daybook – November

OUTSIDE MY WINDOW I SEE….Beth and Dami playing together. That 3 year old is one lucky kid! He adores his older siblings and they are so good to him.

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I AM GIVING THANKS….. for this beautiful weather at the moment. I can’t get enough of being outside.

I AM PRAYING FOR……..family members who are ill. My Nana, who is 93, has been struggling with her health lately. She never ceases to amaze me with how switched on she is though. When you go visit her in the nursing home she gives you a running commentary  of all the old folk whose poor minds have been lost to them long ago. I think her good brain health is due to her never having her drivers licence so she would walk and take public transport everywhere.

I AM LISTENING TO…the sound of the basketball hitting the driveway – the two big boys are really enjoying shooting hoops together at the moment. They are out there at any chance they get. I can also hear the laughter from Beth and Dami.

I AM THINKING ABOUT….next year! I know it seems like a long way off but now is the time to order books.

I AM LEARNING….as always, I seem to being learning about the gut. I have loved reading ‘Brain Maker’ and now I am reading Pete Evans ‘The Complete Gut Health Cookbook’.

I AM CREATING….neat and tidy bookshelves. Not very exciting – or creative! I needed to give our playroom/schoolroom a makeover. There is still plenty of work to be done…my house looks like a bomb has gone off in it. I hate it how things always get worse before they get better 🙂

IN THE SCHOOLROOM….we are taking it very easy this term. We have enjoyed plenty of excursions, and the kids are planning their own days. All the kids know what needs to be done to finish the school year so as soon as one subject is finished, then they have less work to do. Beth, Zac and Dami are creating pretend food for their Cafe. They have finished their maths, spelling, religion and geography for the year.

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Our Zoo Excursion

COOKING IN THE KITCHEN….as always… our GAPs food and plenty of ferments.

IN THE MORNING BASKET…we are using the Baltimore Catechism each morning. I read from the text then choose one question for the kids to write in their notebooks. It has lead to many an interesting conversions about many parts of our faith.

We are also doing a fair bit of picture study. I’ll keep my method for another post, but it has been a lovely addition to the morning.

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Our morning basket time. Dami is fully dressed for the day but insisted on wearing his dressing gown.

I NEVER WANT TO FORGET….what a blessing it is to be a mother. Every day has its challenges, but also its blessings. I can choose to dwell on the bad, or I can try to see the blessings in each day. Sometimes it is as simple as a walk among the roses, or a cuddle from the three year old.

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This rose was picked and given to me 🙂

I don’t want to wish this time away because I know that in the blink of an eye they will be all grown up and left home.

Home Schooling

Planning, Planning, Planning

I have turned into a little hermit crab, only coming out of my shell for short periods of time. I do enjoy this time of year, even though at times it can feel overwhelming. At every chance I can get I have been planning for our new school year. I know that the more planning I can do now, the more smoothly the school year will begin. I am determined to be better organised this year. This applies to all aspects of my life. I have been sorting cupboards, organising timetables, meal lists, and even trying to do a deep clean of the house (because once school starts there is barely enough time to clean – let alone deep clean!)

With 4 children to homeschool, one little one to keep busy and a husband who works long hours, I need to be organised.

My next few posts will be dedicated to all the planning I have been doing. This will hopefully help me next year to remember everything I did, so it will hopefully not be as daunting when I need to do it all again!

 

Here is our timetable Monday – Thursday.

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Now although this looks pretty exact, it is really a rough plan. If certain subjects take a little longer or a bit shorter then that is fine. Maybe some days we will need to spend more time on a particular subject and another needs to be left for the day – that is fine too.

The two older boys still have school to do on Friday, but I haven’t done a timetable for that. They will be given a checklist and can complete it in any order they like. This will free up our Fridays to go on excursions, do nature study and work on any projects the kids may be doing.

Now that timetables are complete, I am onto finishing the next task…daily checklists! 🙂