Friday Five

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1. Faithful Follow-Through

It’s been a solid week in the books here, with a nature walk appointment on the calendar for today.

It’s crazy how much can happen with short, focused lessons. In 3 1/2 hours a week – 1 3/4 hours, 2 days a week – we accomplish history, Bible, science, Shakespeare, art study, and theology and Plutarch with the older set while the younger set run. It’s on the calendar, the littles play elsewhere so there are no interruptions (excepting pencil-sharpening and bathroom breaks), and we keep it lively. Sure, we could do more in each subject, but we have our block and that is our limit. Limits are lovely.

Hans has spent a crazy number of hours doing all the programming lessons at Khan Academy. In fact, we had to have a little chat about how Khan Academy did not actually count as school, but as a free-time activity (i.e. school checklist first). He wanted more, so Matt – my software-programming husband – set him up at Codecademy learning PHP. He’s into it.

(This was his first draft, before editing with me – I made him correct typos and errors, I promise.)

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2. FAQ

If you have a house full of books and children who actually look at them (and maybe even read them), I bet you relate to this one.

I’m just struggling with little house/lots of books syndrome. I really do not like ebooks- and we do the library thing frequently. Do you have any tips on organization?

Let’s just say I can relate.

I did a Periscope on this one, though it hasn’t made it over to YouTube yet. :)

Here are a few posts I have on the topic, but the gist is that putting books away is simply a task I’ve resignedly taken on myself, with the solace that all the books out means children love books. It’s a success, not a failure. Keep repeating that to yourself to stave off the madness.

3. Focus in your (head)phones

Season 2 of the audio blogs started this week!

4. Found Around

Some reading around the internet I think you shouldn’t miss this week:

The True Goal of Classical Education: Friendship

by Angelina Stratford at CiRCE

My life has been transformed by being in a community of supportive and loving women.

Ladies, find your sisters. Be a sister.

Do You Set an Example in Your Conduct?

by Tim Challies

Related, in a round-about way, to the post above – the first place to look for your sisters is your church.

“Conduct” is a very general word. It’s a broad word that refers to all of life. In all he does, in all his behavior, Timothy is to set an example. In every realm of life he is to be exemplary. There is no area of life that isn’t covered by “set the believers an example in conduct.”

Tim applies this to church attendance and this year in particular we have personally seen how right his particular applications are, how strengthening. The more our family has opened ourselves to involvement without discontent in our church, the happier and more refreshed we’ve been there.

If you’re not happy at church, first ask the hard question: Is the problem actually your own attitude?

Don’t Drop the Book

by Brandy Vencel from Afterthoughts

It’s a tough book, yes. But, truth be told, reading levels only rise by reading tough books. It’s like how muscles only get stronger by lifting things that are heavier than we’d prefer. A hard fought victory through a difficult book is an important part of learning at any age.

Guess what? Homeschooling is actually work, even hard work.

You can do it, and so can your child.

5. Free-Reading

Footprints on the window are now explained.

This week the kids have been caught reading:

Have a great weekend! Don’t forget your weekly review. :)

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