Broken Glasses and Funny Days- HMJ Week in Review

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  • In my life this week…

This week had us going all over the place. We went to see my step-daughter in the play “Little Shop of Horrors”, and took some friends with us. I had never seen the movie before, but my husband had already told me what would happen, so I wasn’t surprised. My friend had seen another version, so she was surprised by the ending.

The night was an interesting one. We went to our favorite Chinese place before the play, then afterwards, since my step-daughter had not eaten yet, we took her to Denny’s where my friend’s husband began singing about blueberry pancakes. This of course caught the attention of the manager who came over and began talking to us about the play. My step-daughter gave her autograph afterwards on the play schedule, which will end up on their wall. That was a fun, but long night, since my step-daughters live about 2 hours away.

Later in the week my husband managed to break his glasses and called to have me bring his spares. He works in the next town over, so I got to make a half-hour trip to take him the spare glasses, then drive home to start school an hour late that day. Afterwards we took his glasses and got them repaired. I went ahead and got him a new pair as well, since his spares were pretty scratched and fogged.

I ended the week with a request from Chatterbox’s mom to come over. They have been having some problems, and she wanted me to come clear up a few things. Chatterbox has a tendency to tell stories to other people about her family, and the last one she told me I did not feel I could, in good conscience, keep from her mom. I hated to say anything, but if they plan on putting her in public school next year they will need to make sure she doesn’t go tell some of these stories to her teachers.

  • In our homeschool this week…

Our homeschool week was a fun one. We just finished learning about Turkey, so we got to do some fun activities this week. We had Turkish tea, and colored Turkish tiles. We also listened to some traditional music from the country, which Danger Girl liked. Then we listened to some Turkish dance music, and when I asked Danger Girl her opinion she responded, “Was someone stepping on a dog’s tail?”

We ended with a video of the Whirling Dervishes which interested my daughter greatly. She is amazed that they can do all that spinning without getting dizzy.

Danger Girl is supposed to wear glasses during school, but I have not forced her recently. This week I told her I will insist on it from now on after it took her three tries to read the word “bank” because she kept adding letters to it. Other than this, her reading is improving as is her writing which makes me very happy. She still has a couple of letters that she constantly writes backwards, so I am including some copywork which will have her writing those letters more often. I hope this will help.

  • Helpful homeschooling tips or advice to share…

If you are interested in seeing how we came to do the Charlotte Mason method (very eclecticly), check out my Journey to the Charlotte Mason series. You can find parts 1 & 2 under the Clark Cottage School page.

It’s not necessarily advice, but I do give links to more information about different methods of homeschooling.

  • Places we’re going and people we’re seeing…

This weekend, we plan on having my niece over for a sleepover. You never know how things will go with her, but I’m sure she will bring some amusement for me to share.

  • My favorite thing this week was…

I think my favorite thing this week would have to be all the free Kindle and Ibooks I found to download. I found a bunch of great stories to read during nature study, as well as some “living” books for geography, history and math. I will have to put these to use very soon.

  • My kiddos favorite thing this week was…

I think Danger Girl’s favorite thing was getting to go to singing this week. She loves singing, and therefore loves to go to 5th Wednesday singing with Daddy.

  • Things I’m working on…

I am a planner. I love to organize and make plans for everything. With this in mind, I have begun working on our school plans for next year. ( I say begun, I’ve been working on it for a while). This week I have set up my plan for paying for the things we cannot find for free.

  • I’m cooking…

I think as one last Turkey activity, Danger Girl and I are going to make Turkish Delight this weekend.

I also made spaghetti and meatballs earlier in the week and plan to make salt & pepper wings tonight.

  • I’m grateful for…

My mother-in-law has been sick for some time, but she is starting to get better, and I am grateful for that.

I am also grateful that I have friends that enjoy Danger Girl’s company and are willing to take her when I have to do something where she can’t come with me.

  • I’m praying for…

My husband has had some issues at work, and I am praying about these things. I am also praying for my mother-in-law because while she is getting better, she is having some issues after a fall she had and is having to get an MRI done.

  • I rewarded my kids this week by…

Because Danger Girl did so well this week, I plan to take her to the book store to get some new books this weekend.

  • Something I am ogling or have my eye on…

This is not really homeschool related, but I want to get a new vacuum cleaner. There is not really anything wrong with the one I have, but it is an older model and it is hard to find bags for it. I want to get one I can more easily keep maintainance on.

  • A photo, video, link, or quote to share (silly, serious or both!)…

http://youtu.be/JsE05nXQPwo

This is a link to the Turkish music that Danger Girl really enjoyed.

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2 thoughts on “Broken Glasses and Funny Days- HMJ Week in Review

    1. I prefer paper books as well, but when I find a book for free I might as well take advantage of it. The relation to Edmund was not lost on me or my husband either. Hopefully it won’t cost us near as much trouble 🙂

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