I’m a planner girl, and I’m trying to make sure that my planning process is as effective as it can be. This is new for me, but I’m going to try to do a little weekly review for myself and for you so that all of my planning efforts can come together and really work for me.
Our Homeschool –
Our Language Arts Curriculum includes Reading, Spelling, Sight Words, Grammar, Poetry, Literature, Art, etc. We actually began this curriculum (Level Kindergarten) last Fall. Lawson was technically in K4 then, and I wanted us to have a relaxed Kindergarten year. Plus- we took time off last year to get a new baby in our family! What I love about homeschooling, is the flexibility. Flexibility with our calendar. Flexibility with curriculum. I don’t have to follow any rules. I can make my own and do what works for us. One of those things was to eliminate the “spelling practice” last year. Instead, he just learned how to spell through our reading and lessons. Well I decided that we might should practice spelling this year and make sure we are on track and also because Lawson has become more and more interested in spelling and writing things down, so learning to spell words correctly is becoming more important. I pulled out the first chart from our curriculum and gave him a little test on it. I’m so impressed with how well he did! I always want to focus on the positive, so I told him when he finished, “Okay, now I’m going to circle all the words you got right! Let’s see how well you did!” This gave him a sense of accomplishment, and he felt good about the great work he did. And now we have a list of words that we can begin practicing over the next week or so!
We had a very interesting discussion in our Apologetics lesson this week about “The Fall” when sin entered the world. It destroyed four different relationships on earth: our relationship with ourselves (hello, self-confidence issues & insecurity), our relationships with other people, our relationship with the earth (destruction and other things that make work difficult), and our relationship with God (because that’s what sin does is separates us from God). It was so interesting to me to think about it in this way, and I’m so glad that I have my children home with me so that we can set a good foundation for them and give them a good biblical worldview. We also named several modern-day items that wouldn’t exist if sin had never entered the world such as eyeglasses and locks for our doors.
Day by Day-
Sunday afternoon as I was preparing my Pumpkin Pecan Cobbler for our small group, I went to grab a bowl out of the cabinet and it fell out and crushed one of my Pioneer Woman nesting bowls, made a mess of my ingredients, and cut my finger. The saddest part was the loss of my medium sized bowl, because the others could be easily recovered. R.I.P. red bowl. (The cobbler was a hit, by the way! Click the link above for the recipe. It’s one I’ve been making for years, and it’s a favorite wherever I go.)
Tuesday morning was cold, so it was a good excuse for snuggles! Lawson loves snuggles; Linkin – not so much. As soon as we got home from dropping Linkin off at preschool, we got back in mama’s bed and snuggled for a bit. Layten still had on her jammies, but she didn’t last long. She’s pretty mobile these days.
Linkin brought a puzzle into the kitchen Tuesday afternoon and dumped it out. I don’t know why out of all the places in the house, this is the place he chose to work it, but Lawson helped him, and here we had a good photo opp.
There will be a full post of party pictures post when I post about my Party-planning Process. Here’s a sneak peek of a few pictures of our birthday girl and family on her special day.
This Week’s Favorite Social Media Post:
Podcasts I Listened to This Week:
The Simply Joyful Podcast – What if You Actually Do What the Bible Says?
Elevation Church Podcast – What are the Chances?
Simplified Organization Audioblog – How We Fit in Grocery Shopping
What I’m Reading this Week:
Commonplace Corner – My Favorite Quotes from the Weekly Readings
H3 Leadership: Be Humble, Stay Hungry, Always Hustle by Brad Lomenick
“Brian Houston says, ‘Use what’s in your hand to fulfill what’s in your heart.’ It’s just too easy to think about what you don’t have (resource) and can’t do (action), but it’s a good habit to remember that God gives everything we need to do what He wants us to do.”
“When you work with others, your partners will recognize potential flaws you didn’t see. They’ll suggest improvements you didn’t see or wouldn’t have thought of. And they’ll bring a skill set and perspectives you don’t have. Along the way, you’ll learn new things you wouldn’t have otherwise known and create a stronger idea or process or product. But most important, lives can be changed because of the partnerships you forge.”
“Margin is a powerful habit. It creates opportunities. It creates profit, memories, generosity, significance, & options to pursue dreams, think, pray, process, grow, and ultimately live & lead more fully.”
Looking to Next Week!
I have absolutely nothing planned (beyond our normal routines, of course), and that excites me! However, the task-oriented self that I am will have to be careful not to add too many projects to my list. I would love to be able to sew some simple little bloomers for Layten to wear with her new shoes she got for her birthday and her knit socks I’m going to be ordering for her soon. We’ll see if I can get that done.
Have a great weekend!
Here is a template for you to print to be sure all your planning efforts are working for you:
Stone Soup for Five’s Weekly Review Checklist