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Monday, November 4, 2013

Monday Musings... Refocusing...

Outside My Window...
It has been really nice lately - crisp, and chilly, with slightly warmer afternoons. I am loving the time change, because it is no longer dark when I go out to feed the chickens in the mornings! Leaves fall every time the wind blows, and everywhere I look I see scarlet and gold.

In My House...
M is going for a job interview today, for a line cook position. They seem willing to work around the last several weeks of his school schedule, so I am keeping my fingers crossed! I'm working with the kids on taking on more responsibilities around the house. No chore charts, just helping out and working together as a family. We're still purging stuff too!

In My Kitchen...
I made up, on Friday, a big pot of a family favorite-- Taco Bean Soup. It has been great for lunches over the weekend too! There's nothing like an afternoon outside at the park with friends, and then coming home to hot, delicious soup simmering away in the crockpot. I haven't quite decided on this week's soup, but I know we're going to try a semi-Morracan twist on our usual pasta/spaghetti squash with ragout, by using ground lamb, red wine, cumin, and cinnamon in the sauce. I'm hoping it will turn out well!

In Our Homeschooling...
Altering the block scheduling already! My friend Jessica asked me if I thought we'd benefit from longer blocks focused on one subject, rather than bouncing around from day to day. So we're about to try one... 3-4 weeks based on sciences, with The Magic of Reality as our backbone. In the meantime, we are dropping all the history, philosophy, geography, etc., etc., etc., that I have been trying to squeeze in, though we'll still have daily math and reading/writing.

Crafting...
I'm already halfway done with M's scarf, and it is looking good, if I do say so myself! Knitting is very calming for me, and I am really enjoying it. I have two more scarves to go after this one, and then I think I might try a hat! I'm also jotting down crafty ideas for Christmas gifts, so if you have any homemade favorites, pass them on please!

And Just a Side Note...
http://hsbapost.com/2013/11/04/let-voting-begin-2013-homeschool-blog-awards/


I got nominated for a blog award! The category is Best Nitty Gritty Homeschooler. If you don't mind, I'd appreciate some votes, though it is an honor just being nominated!

1 comment :

  1. Of course I already voted for you -- and I'll vote again tomorrow (and the next day...).

    I hope you like the block scheduling. I am so glad we began doing it -- it's so nice to fully focus on something for a month without the nagging pressure of feeling like you're forgetting something. :)

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