After 5 years of being a stay-at-home mom, I found the wonder of mothering slowly starting to get crowded out by the mundane feeling. I realized our world seems to surround people with the negative, and complaining about blessings seems totally acceptable. So I decided to fight against that "normalcy" and focus only on the positive. I look back to my first year as a mom when everything was new and keeping house was fun and I aim to have that attitude again. This blog is my outlet to showcase the daily miracles that surround me in my blessed life as a stay-at-home mom so that I will never forget the wonder of it all.

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Sum it up Saturday

This boy turned 8 this week!
(more on that later)

Zac didn't have much work this week, which meant lots of family time.  Add in Logan's birthday, and school just wasn't a top priority this week.  But I squeezed it in when we had time here and there, focusing mainly on History.   In Story of the World, we read about Joseph, which has always been one of the kids' favorite Bible stories.  Since the kids love it so much, we parked it in this chapter all week.

I'm trying different ways of reading aloud to my kids.  This week they painted kindling while I read, and it was pretty successful.  Logan especially seems to benefit from doing something quietly with his hands while I read.

To focus more on this chapter, I found these two worksheets online.  Felicity loved the color by number paper and took a lot of pride in it.  I'll have to find her more.
* Add colors to Joseph's coat
* Joseph's color by number coat

We also watched Joseph King of Dreams on Netflix, and the episode on Joseph and the Coat of Many Colors from a Bible stories series that we own (which I can't find online, sorry).

I was excited that Logan received some new games for his birthday.  He also got LOTS of Legos.  So this week we played board games and built a lot with Legos, both of which I TOTALLY count as school!  In the above picture, we are playing "The Ladybug Game" which is a really cute game that was invented by a 6 year old.  You have to get your ladybug from the dirt patch to the rose bush, collecting aphids along the way, which you pay to the ants like a toll to get past them.  The kids really enjoyed it.

Logan also got checkers, which Kian finds intriguing.  I'm trying to teach him to play it, but its still a bit confusing to him.  On this day, the big kids were out with Zac, spending Logan's birthday money, while I stayed home with the napping little boys.  Upon waking from his nap, Kian said, "Hello Mama.  Can we play checkers?".  And so we did.
That was our week.
How was your home schooling week?
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  1. I love the idea of painting kindling while you read to them! I would enjoy that. :)

    1. You should come paint with us one Friday! :)

  2. did i mention before that i love the birthday crowns? Specifically this one with the fox. So how are you liking sotw? Lego math is pretty common in our house, i had a geometry lesson planned out for the week but we didn't get to it. Oh and i found a Lego language arts lesson the other day that i bet gideon will love.

    1. Where are you finding these Lego lesson plans?! We are liking Story of the World a lot. There have been a few times where I've censored a few things out. And when we started reading about the different gods that the Egyptian's worshiped, the kids seemed a bit overwhelmed so I backed off. I don't want it to confuse their young faith and it was meatier than I expected. So we did just a bit of it. I mean, I am not shielding them from the fact that there are other beliefs out there, but I think we just did one out of three examples. I'm excited to get further into the book. Some stories, the kids eat up like crazy. Others don't capture their interest as much. But that's expected.

  3. ive been finding stuff on pintrest.

  4. Hi I just found your blog while searching for a new waldorf doll;)
    I too homeschool one dd...
    Love your sons it a bamboletta?


    1. Oh my gosh Mindy, you just totally made my night! His doll is Mama made. Thank you for the huge complement!