Sunday, January 16, 2011

January days gone by...

Oh my goodness, I swear I did not give up blogging as a New Year's Resolution! How did it get to be the 16th of January with no new posts for 2011?! Is anyone even still here?

Apparently, we've been keeping busy.

After a full month away from anything that smelled like schoolwork, we Mommy needed a few days a week to transition back into our usual routine. I was also trying to figure out what Littlest meant when he requested to "start kindergarten" right after Christmas.


I went ahead and bought the My Father's World kindergarten curriculum I'd been looking at forever. Of course, I'm not using it exactly as it says, because I don't like following directions. And yes, I wondered through the first two weeks whether I should have ordered something different, or written my own curriculum, because I'm picky, cheap and indecisive.

But, so far, it's working out.
 
I do think it's more of a preschool curriculum, as they take the entire school year to introduce the first 26 letter sounds, but that's fine because he's only four anyway. The science is pretty basic, too, but I'm attempting to expand on it by coordinating the themes with the older boys' science. And I really like the Bible/character lessons that go with each week's theme.

Other things that kept us busy...

Fake snow that came in the boys' stockings.


The big boys took up their knitting again. (The gloomy cold outside was inspirational.) And Littlest learned to cast-on.


Lots and lots of reading, thanks to new books and gift cards for Christmas!



A little Celtic crafting with our history lesson.



Escapes into the sporadic sunshine, and visits to the park after too many days indoors.



The ever-changing, ever-present fort, and Nerf war.


And yes, even a little baking (the kids' fruitcake recipe from our new Unofficial Harry Potter Cookbook)...


And somehow we managed to get all the Christmas decorations put away, too.

12 comments:

mandi said...

Well there you are!
I had just decided to hunt you down yesterday to make sure you were feeling well!

It's funny- I've needed quite a bit of time to get back into the swing of school too.

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Phyllis said...

Oh, yes, we are still here. We all have times in which blogging is not the first thing on our list. No need to apologize. Looks like the weather where you live is beautiful. You guys look like you have been having a good time.

Lauri Branson said...

We're still here!!! Nice new post!! hope y'all are feeling better...I think we finally are...

Kathy's Red Door Welcome said...

I love the photo of Emma sitting on Franklin's bum...or was it Grant's?

Country Gal said...

So glad you're back! Gotta love a good nerf war! :)

Bona Fide Mama said...

sounds like a lovely year you've had so far :)

Stacey Mathis said...

The year is starting out lovely. Good for you. . . . and yes, we're still here. Everybody needs a break, so by all means, take another if you must, but we're glad you're back.

Stacey Mathis said...

The year is starting out lovely. Good for you. . . . and yes, we're still here. Everybody needs a break, so by all means, take another if you must, but we're glad you're back.

Stacey Mathis said...

The year is starting out lovely. Good for you. . . . and yes, we're still here. Everybody needs a break, so by all means, take another if you must, but we're glad you're back.

Dapoppins said...

We are (kinda) home schoolers too, but with my husband (an ex teacher home to help direct things)
we did a little work everyday.

You all look so relaxed. Even the Kitty. Maybe I need a week off!

Miz Liz said...

Having trouble commenting on this, one of my most favorite blogs. Maybe I'm too old to learn and this tired, old great-granny needs to go back to kindergarten. Will you be my teacher? I love watching you and your children grow in grace and knowledge and love for each other.

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