Right now I’m:
Did you see this Slate article about the girl who sent all of her texts in calligraphy for a week? Something about that really appeals to me–maybe it’s the juxtaposition of fast and slow communication, or the fact that it would force me to think before I mindlessly use my phone. I probably won’t text in calligraphy (although I could! I love calligraphy!) but I’m thinking about mindful technology use.
…Furnishing my mind
As we’ve been reading more poetry and going over grammar in a different way this month, I’ve been reminded of how beautiful language can be–it has a structure, but there’s a wildness to it too. Reading about the Oxford English Dictionary reinforced that feeling!
…Spanish curriculum options. I decided to go with PowerGlide based on the Rainbow Resource review, and then after a 20 minute perusal of Homeschool Classifieds I found a like-new used set for $25, postage paid. Since my kids love mysteries and stories, I think this option is going to be a win for us.
…Living the Good Life
The kids wanted to put on a colonial feast at the end of the semester, but we were getting ready for our big trip then so we put the idea off until this month. Sarah made blancmange, Hannah made Scotch Collops, and Jack made Martha Washington’s Great Cake with meringue on top. They did a great job, and it turns out that blancmange is really good.
We had a short Summer Term this month–nothing taxing, just reading from Sonlight, Ambleside, and other book lists. We checked out all of the preschool and kindergarten type books to read aloud and Hannah and Jack read a lot of the older grade selections. We also found some fun new favorites. I’m happy that we got a chance to really focus on reading great children’s literature, read more poetry, and brought in math concepts in different ways this summer. We also started a fantastic language arts enrichment curriculum that I’m super excited about. More about that later.
After living in our house for over a year, I’m finally doing something about the children’s rooms. Perhaps this has something to do with the fact that the baby is now over a year as well? First up, the nursery. I painted the walls (Baby Bee Yellow, same as the old house) and also painted some furniture and rearranged knick-knacks and pictures. I think the new color makes the changing table/dresser with the Peter Rabbit knobs look much smarter.
We’re working on 1 Corinthians 13 together, and I’m beginning to memorize Colossians on my own. I recently read a fabulous book on the topic of using Scripture memory to deeply meditate and study the Bible–look for the review next week.
As I look ahead to the fall, I’m trying to think through the best way to handle my work/life balance in terms of windows for our best work. I do my best focused creative work in the morning, and the kids focus on schoolwork better in the morning too. I don’t want to wake up at 4am, but sometimes the kids are up before 6:00. So as I work through plans for fall I’m considering the best times to schedule our babysitting (we have an amazing adult, Christian, educated babysitter who is available part time and who is fabulous with the kids and willing to supervise them doing schoolwork assignments–it is nothing short of a miracle, I know) in order to maximize everyone’s best windows.
…Building the habit
Exercise. It’s addictive when I can get into a rhythym, but due to my aforementioned desire to sleep past 4am, it’s tough to schedule. I’m trying to give myself points for showing up, even if some days I only make it through 15 minutes of Jillian Michaels before the baby starts eating crayons or someone starts a small fire in the toaster.
The baby now refers to herself as “Ah-za-za!” and it’s so stinking cute. I could listen to that all day. In the car, the kids and I are listening to the audio book of The Swiss Family Robinson (it’s very, very, very long). And, since the new carseat I bought last week was a Graco TurboBooster, naturally I have had I Got a Man on the brain (“When your man don’t treat ya like he used ta, I kick in like a turbo boostah”). Late 90’s hip-hop is always relevant, isn’t it?
What are you bookmarking this week?
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