Urban legends often portray sisters fighting over clothes, bickering and demanding back the articles ‘borrowed’. We don’t have that around here, our 20yr old and 12 yr old are the same size in clothing and happily share clothing and accessorises whilst chatting fashions. Our teen boys however are a whole ‘nother story. Let me tell you teen boys are quite possessive over their clothing, demanding instant removal of said ‘borrowed’ articles. Often times it’s my fault when sorting clothing, as all three are the same size, have similar tastes in clothing and sometimes even buy the same article (men’s clothing options in our town are limited), really, nearly grown men fighting over clothing, too funny.
We started our new school year this week, and as first weeks go it was a great one. Some years the first week back are great, some not so good. Being well organised made a big difference and having Anna Maria still home from College, that extra adult to help with lessons has been wonderful. Fortunately she’s home for a few more weeks, hopefully we’ll be eased into lessons well by then. Of course this weekend I’ll make a tweak a little here and there but not much.
Part of our focus this year is memory work. Each child is expected to memorise a poem and a catechism lesson per week. The children have thrown themselves at this task with enthusiasm, it’s wonderful to see, they feel a real sense of achievement and mastery. Our plan is to have a recitation night mid-week.
I’m probably the last homeschool mama to employ the use of youtube but we’ve been seeing what a help it can be this week. We began studying volcanoes and it was so helpful to follow up our reading with a BBC episode on volcanoes. Then for art, never my strong suit, I just loved using a tutorial on
blending with oil pastels. Any art/craft tutorials you would recommend? Any other ‘must watch’ youtubes?
It was with a little uncertainty that I purchased Writing With Skill for our highschoolers. It looked exactly what we needed but sight unseen is always a risk. The books arrived yesterday and they look very promising indeed:) I’ll let you know how we get on.
We’re currently going through a screen detox, this time screen time is set aside for Friday and Saturday afternoons/evenings. We’ve been living through the ‘I’m bored’, ‘there’s nothing to do’ this week, it will get better, we just have to survive. It’s all a matter of routine really, getting back into healthy rhythms.
The tiles in our shower are stained, we just can’t get them clean. At first we thought it might be staining from gum leaves or scum and tried all sorts of cleaners, bi-carb, vinegar etc. It has been suggested that perhaps the tiles have lost their protective coating and become porous. Thoughts? Suggestions?