And now that we’re back into doing school instead of planning school and sharing school plans, it’s time for the Friday Five feature to return.
We started school this week! It went quite well, if I do say so myself. We’ve had some doozies of first days in the past, so maybe I learned something (like the fact that the root of those bad first days was the way I handled it – oops!).
It wasn’t all sunshine and butterflies, there were little bouts of tears, but because I expected everyone to need time to adjust and reacclimatize, I was able to take it in stride and help them over their bumps instead of being yet another bump for them to overcome.
Trello checklists were a big hit. Tomorrow’s Weekly Digest email will have a first-peek video included, but a post will be forthcoming in the next week or two. :)
Favorite homeschool Instagram of the week:
This was by far my most popular photo this week, despite the fact that it wasn’t until after I posted the picture that I realized I had written 2015 instead of 2016 and I had misspelled laudamus.
Fab FreebieI'm doing another live planning chat! I hope you can join this one; I know it will be helpful, because Celeste has a lot of wisdom to share. We'll chat about interruptions, to-do lists, expectations, and strategies for keeping your head in the game and your attitude organized. Celeste is a Charlotte Mason homeschooling mother with 8 children 10-and-under. When she has free hands, she enjoys distance running, nature journaling, beach days, reading, and writing about home education at Joyous Lessons. Bring your questions and join us for a fun live chat. You'll have the opportunity to participate not only in the chat box but even to join the call with your question or perspective if you'd like!
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Fast FAQI received a question by email asking how I managed to copy hymns so cleanly. It's difficult to copy from books without getting a lot of black around the hymn and wasting ink or toner. Here's her question:
Thank you for your wonderful Morning Time Resources! I am setting up our binders for next year and wondered how you copy your hymns and psalms from the psalter or hymnal... I'm watching your video and the copies look great. I've always pressed my hymnal as flat as possible but end up with a huge black band that wastes tons of ink and takes forever... Do you have an online resource that has the words and music from which you print?
Free-Reading FansKnox is totally taken with Redwall right now. These books, I tell you. For the last two years I've assumed we must have them all because we have so many, and yet every library trip or sale the boys come back with one saying, "Oh! We don't have this one!" Seriously, how many books are in this series?! And, Jaeger was just reading over my shoulder and informed me that we have "all but four." You know, some respectable series confine themselves to four total. I don't even want to go count how many are in our collection here. However, it does help to fuel a budding reading obsession, and for that I am thankful. Knox was reading aloud to me from his current book, then went back to reading silently, then burst out:
"Wow, this is just great! Listen mom: 'Renn could hardly see, having been STRUCK in both eyes.'":thumbsup: The kids were caught reading this week:
- Hans: 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (again) on audiobook
- Jaeger: Freddy the Pilot
- Ilse: Little Women on audiobook
- Knox: Outcast of Redwall
- Geneva: Hop on Pop