So now we begin the task, focusing on what should have been addressed years ago. (If you have any ideas or encouragement on teaching these things to older children, please leave a comment! :)
- Sorted the laundry into piles. Put dirty clothes into the washer. This teaches that we work together as a family. Everyone has a job. Responsibility. It also is color recognition for littles.
- Fed the dogs. Pets are not a given, they are a privledge. The dog bowl needs filled when you see that they need food or water. Teaches responsibility, kindness, caring and compassion.
Whew! I think momma needs to learn some character traits as well. Especially patience, joy and wisdom! Oh, and a massive amount of consistency! But already seeing an improvement in attitude.
Bible: God Does Wonderful Works. Psalm 111:1-6. Tied this into our character training. Isn't it funny how that just happens sometimes. Discussed how if we are busy being thankful and praising God, there is no room for anything but joy in our lives.
Devotions: The Eight Year Old King. 2 Kings 22:1-2. This was the story of King Josiah. We also used this as a character lesson. Discussing that an 8yr old did not have the wisdom necessary and his officials actually ran the kingdom until he was in his 20's.
I tied this into our character training by saying that Shayla has been trying to run our house and make the rules lately. Do you think that Shayla is like Josiah and needs to learn more before she is ready to take over the kingdom? Hmm..by golly, I think she is beginning to understand!
Reading: The Bridge Book. Tilly Turtle, Mice in Britches, Cinderella, The Scarecrow, Sleepy Heads, The Rocking Horse, and Monkey See, Monkey Do.
Phys Ed: Outside playtime. Just had to get out and enjoy the 70 degree weather!
Field trip: Christian bookstore and library. We had to get the What's in the Bible? DVD on sale for $5. It's by the creators of Veggie Tales. I've been wanting to see these, but our library and Netflix don't seem to have these.
Kings Kids program. Improvement. She is beginning to distance herself from me more, choosing to sit with friends instead of me.
Character training: Worked on serving others, helpfulness, and joy. She is helping out more with even more joy, when it's just the two of us. When Morgan or Dad is home, that ugly character trait called jealousy comes creeping in and causing much chaos. She also did great until I sat down and worked on a pile while watching a movie. Boredom!?! Hmm. Maybe we'll focus on these, big time!
Shayla is starting to understand that I am being consistent with my expectations of her. Another area that I am working on.
Bible: God Delights in Obedience. Psalm 112. This couldn't have come at a more perfect time! This reinforces the discussion we had about obeying parents and God with a joyful heart. Doesn't God always work things out for His purpose?
Devotions: What a Trip! Acts 8:26-39.
Read Aloud: Finished Junie B. Jones is a Party Animal.
Reading: The Bridge Book. Somewhere, Elephant Ellie, Christopher's Chorus, I Like School, My Daughter, Lindy.
Spelling: This subject often gets overlooked as we struggle to get reading, writing, and 'rithmetic done. I guess I don't see it as important as the others because of spell check. I'm trying to include it regularly though.
Today she completed list 11 part 1 in the workbook. Then she typed the words into spelling city. There she reviewed the words with the Teach Me section. Then she played Which Word where she picked the correct word from four choices. She scored a 15/15 or 100%. And she worked independently!
Specials day! A day of socialization with other homeschoolers, library, music, art, lunch and phys ed. Followed by ballet and clogging lessons.
Unfortunately, we were not able to complete much bookwork today. It was complete chaos! The phone kept ringing and people kept showing up at the door. And yes, we usually don't allow for interruptions during our homeschool, but these were all things that needed dealt with. Oh, and did I fail to mention that I felt like I was the co-ordinator of all this. You know, the go-to person. And I accomplished this feat with no voice!
When the smoke cleared, we gave up on bookwork for the day, and played some learning games, colored a page or two, and solved a pile of puzzles.
Another day of non-traditional learning!
First, we had our scheduled monthly meeting with the administrator of the Independent Studies program at our school.
We ended the day by watching the dress rehearsal of our school play, Happily Never After. A spoof on Cinderella, the Frog Prince, and Sleeping Beauty. Followed by improv. Similar to Who's Line is it Anyway?
I don't think we've laughed that hard in a long time! Student actor, Zack, and all the talented young people, did a great job with on-the-spot acting ideas!
The highlight of this was meeting Santa. Shayla has avoided Santa since she was a toddler, not this time! Santa got right into our wagon and Dad asked if he could get a picture of him with Shayla. LOL!