I started the week with a cold which turned into a sinus infection, plus our last two-week session of swimming lessons began. When I fell into bed Tuesday night, I realized I should just admit reality rather than fight it: Break week started Wednesday, not next Monday. We have a birthday this weekend adding more activity and work to the week, so it was just better to call that shorter, warm-up term a wrap and get in some last bits of summer, housecleaning, and rest before we dive into the full school schedule.
After all, is any real progress made when mom feels crummy and the kids are tired? No. Better to rest up. Make hay while the sun shines and batten down the hatches when it’s stormy.
Favorite Instagram of the week:
Showcasing vacuum-pot coffee
We adjusted the Trello board protocol this week. When I created them, I thought using the labels – a color band across the top – would be the best way to indicate if a task was “to do” “need help” or “done.”
After 4 weeks, I changed my mind. I don’t get notifications for label changes, and it turns out that the notifications are really handy. I do get notifications on my laptop and on my phone if they leave a comment in one of the tasks, so if they need my help with something, they are now supposed to leave a comment to that end.
Also, instead of changing label colors when they’re done, which is a multi-click process and a tad tedious, I made sure each task card had a checklist. Some only have a checklist of one item, but they now all have checklists. When a checklist is entirely complete, it shows up as green on the card, so we have that clear visual indicator and a click that clearly means “yes, I did exactly this.”
Watch my Trello for Homeschooling video:
Fast FAQSpeaking of those younger kids, I received an email asking about homeschooling when the oldest child is 5, and so I did a 'scope on it this week:
Free-Reading FansThe kids were caught reading this week:
- Hans: Wright Brothers by David McCullough
- Jaeger: The Rise of Christianity by Rodney Stark
- Ilse: Little Women on audio
- Knox: Lord Brocktree (the Redwall binge continues)
- Geneva: Peter Rabbit