Friday, November 17, 2017

Weekly Wrap-Up ~ A Hands-on Week

We are just one more week out from a well-deserved break. We have been going strong for 13 weeks now, and I can see that all of our brains are getting tired and need a short break. We will take the week off after Thanksgiving. It will be Nutcracker week and we will have relatives in town, so it is a perfect time to rest and kick off Advent. This week was heavy on hands-on learning and lighter on book learning, but we got lots done. They did do the three R's each day.

Our Weekly Charity ~ We started our holiday weekly charity challenge. This week we made shoe boxes for Meals on Wheels. My kids love making shoe boxes for the elderly and housebound. We are even thinking about taking on a small route once a week next school year. It would only take 1.5 hours a week and could be a wonderful opportunity for the kids.

Home Economics ~ It is that time of year where I feel like sorting and organizing. We did lots of that this week. Anne also polished all of the silver in the house. It took her three hours over a few days. We inherited all this silver and do not use it. However, in case the children want it some day, we try to maintain it. We only polish our silver once a year, and it is a job Anne really enjoys. 

Math Games ~ We received two new math games in the mail this week. The kids immediately took to Equate. They ask to play it every day. We haven't completed a game yet because we keep running out of time. It apparently takes our family more than an hour to play a full game, but we very much enjoy playing it.

A Wonderful Production ~ We met up with some friends and went to the production of All Great Books performed by the Reduced Shakespeare Company. It was an awesome show that presented an important fact or two about 89 classic books. It was fast, hilarious and surprisingly educational. The production did my Homeschool Mom heart proud, because my kids kept saying over and over to each other, "I remember this one" and "We just read that one."
Dean was in attendance but didn't want his photo taken. 
A New Adventure ~ Dean started an internship with a family friend this week. He will be training as a volunteer at a local art gallery. He will learn how to hang paintings, create a wall of art, pack and ship artwork, maintain the artwork, keep the space clean and help shoppers find what they are looking for. Dean came home feeling positive about his first day. I am so thankful for that.

Blessings, Dawn


  1. We have only ever made shoe boxes for needy children in other countries; what a fun idea to make them for the elderly! Equate looks very interesting. I'm always on the look out for math games.

  2. Dean'so job sounds wonderful! Sounds like you guys have been working hard, but also have fun breaks for games and theater. Have a great Thanksgiving.

  3. How awesome for Dean! And what a lovely tradition for Anne to polish the silver. It is beautiful stuff!

    Wishing Anne well on her upcoming performances--break a leg!!!!