Saturday, April 15, 2017

Weekly Reflections - Week Thirty...

At Home

We had an inch or less of snow predicted, so when we woke to over 6" Tuesday morning, it was a bit of a surprise. Thankfully, it didn't last...and it left the grass a beautiful lush green when it melted.

We had a pretty regular week in our homeschool. I finished reading aloud Augustus Caesar's World and have a post ready to go for Monday regarding that. We have since moved on to The Bronze Bow, which we are all loving! We have a break week scheduled for next week as Riley and I are heading to the Great Homeschool Convention. I'll be prepping for the trip in between Easter celebrations this weekend.

Riley, Ruben, and I participated in a Seder Supper at church Thursday evening. This was our second time participating and we invited my dad along this year. Our church hosts the event every other year on Maundy Thursday. We are not Jewish, but I love the historical significance and partaking in a biblical feast. I also think it's a great experience for the kids.

Around the Web

Sonya Shafer wrote a great post on Nature Study and Science: Is There a Difference? I've heard this question asked before and feel her answer is spot on.

I've been on a Greta Eskridge kick this week as I listened to Inspiring a Love of Nature Through Books and Inspiring Parents in Children's Literature at the Read Aloud Revival. I was very intrigued by her idea of nature journaling through literature! Of course, I don't feel this is a replacement for actually getting out in nature, but I think it's certainly an adequate supplement, particularly to study nature outside your region. For example, Wisconsin is about as far from any ocean as you can get, so reading a book like Pagoo by Holling C. Holling and nature journaling through it to learn about tide pools is a wonderful idea! Greta blogs at Ma and Pa Modern and has a lovely Instagram account.

Speaking of which, I've been poking around on Instagram quite a bit lately as I'm thinking about opening an account. I'd appreciate hearing feedback, pros and cons, if you have experience with it. I love the idea of posting more photos!

The Farmer had talk radio on the other day and I overheard part of Glenn Beck's interview with Jack Barsky, which prompted me to go listen to his story in it's entirety. It was fascinating! Barsky made some very profound observations about the state of our country and communism. I'm looking forward to reading his book.

On My Shelf

The Bronze Bow by Elizabeth George Speare - reading aloud

Jayber Crow by Wendell Berry - nearing the end, oh so good!

Home Education by Charlotte Mason - Charlotte Mason Study Group

Beauty in the Word by Stratford Caldecott - recommended and loaned from a mom in our CM Study Group

A Handbook for Morning Time by Cindy Rollins - prep for future school planning

What a difference a day makes.....


  1. Melissa,
    Regarding Augustus Caesar's World did you read the entire book aloud or specific chapters?

  2. Yes, I read it aloud in its entirety and our dd read it to herself in its entirety as well, over a course of approx. six weeks. AO schedules it over the course of two terms, which would be about 24 weeks. I think 12-18 weeks would be just about right. I'll post more details Monday :)