Friday, September 1, 2017

Week 3 ~ Getting in the Groove

So, we didn't manage to introduce the new way I want to do chore time this week. The days just rolled by with 15 minute "sweeps" on the kids part. A sweep basically means they pick up and sweep a room in the house. Hopefully, I will get it together next week. My intention is to take over the daily chores (laundry, dishwasher rotation, kitchen cleanup and bathroom wipe down) and have the kids do project chores each day (dusting, painting a door, cleaning windows, mopping floors, etc.).  The house is afloat and week 3 of school is complete...that is what is most important.

We did successfully introduce biology and British literature into our days. Our friend Rose joins us for both subjects. I think biology is going to be wonderful this year. I have so many fun experiments planned. This week they learned/reviewed how to use a microscope and learned how to make a slide of a printed letter. I am sure British literature will be fun, too. We just need to get into our groove on that subject.

Dean had teen art club this week. He invited a few of his friends over for dinner and games before art club. He has found a lovely group of homeschooling friends. They had a wonderful time playing Quelf.

We also started our literature movie club. We saw The Call of the Wild with Clark Gable this month. I must say it was an extremely poor interpretation of the book, but we had fun getting together with friends. I am so glad the school year is getting off to such a good start!

We didn't make anymore changes to our curricula. I think we are squared away. Next week we will be at full-time school, with the addition of eight more hours of dance for Anne.

Our prayers go out to all who have been affected by Hurricane Harvey.

Blessings, Dawn


  1. Your kids look so much older these days. Sounds like a fantastic start of the school year. It is wonderful that he has found a good group of friends. Being in a remote locati9n, that is a problem for my kids.

  2. The art club sounds like a great idea!

  3. Science is always so much more fun with interesting activities. I hope biology goes well for you all this year!

  4. My kids loved our microscope unit! It's neat to think there's a whole miniature world we're unaware of, all around us. Kinda makes me want to scrape some shower mold and get the microscope out again, lol.

  5. Your family and home seem to be in a good place right now--even without British lit. :)

    I have been trying to scrape the energy together to host a teen club, but I can't do it. I hope I can soon. Yours looks simple and delightful.

  6. What a wonderful week!! We are starting our first week this week. Day one has gone okay. Still need to get into the groove of things, especially with my college classes. I hope to get into a schedule by the end of this week. I have the kids each doing daily chores around the house, hopefully to alleviate some of my stress. I'm still in canning season here which makes it pretty busy for me.

    Have a wonderful week!

  7. Sounds like a wonderful start to the school year. We have tried to make cleaning house part of our day as well; each taking one room to clean top to bottom each day and on the weeks we keep it up it works really well but that is usually the first thing that gets set aside if we're short on time.