Week in review: Love, Puppets, and Attitudes

After much debate, I have decided to go back to writing “Week in Review” posts (at least as much as I can). I know it is always helpful to me when I see what other families are doing and how they do it, so I thought I would share what we have been up to this week.

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Our unit study this week for Konos is all about Love. This is a 2 week study that will end on Valentine’s Day. We are learning what the Bible says about love, what love really means, and how we can show love to others. The kids have had a great time matching up famous couples, listening to the story of Romeo and Juliet, spending a day smiling as many times as we could, and reading Bible passages about love. We even learned a little bit about the true story of St. Valentine and why certain symbols are associated with Valentine’s Day. We are looking forward to another week all about love. Here is a collage the kids made of the different descriptions of love in 1 Corinthians 13.Love collageAfter reading Simplicity Parenting I was really inspired to not only get rid of a TON of toys in our home, but also add in some toys that lend themselves to creativity. Sometimes this requires making some toys. This week I was inspired by Pinterest to make some felt hand puppets for the kids (by the way, I LOVE felt!!). I finally finished them all last night and the kids have had a great time creating their own puppet shows! Yay! My plan to spark creativity actually worked! 😉20140207-120138.jpg

We have struggled around here lately with negative attitudes, especially when it comes to doing school work. We have tried several different approaches to change this, but in the end what has worked is getting up early and getting the work done…first thing in the morning. No lying around for even an hour. The kids have discovered that we can be done with ALL of our school work by about noon when we start early. This has been a bit of an adjustment. I like my relaxing time in the morning while the kids play or watch a show on TV. But when it means free afternoons and not having to listen to complaining about school work, I’ll take it! They each have about an hour of schoolwork where I work directly with them (mostly math and language arts). Then they have a few independent things, and we all do KONOS together. It is so nice that we are finally falling into a routine that is working! It has taken a long time this year to do that, but we are finally there.

We have several reviews we are currently working on with the Schoolhouse Review Crew and I can’t wait to share them with you! The older 3 kids are using science4us.com and they all love it! We have to ration computer time because they would spend all day on the site. Moose is also using Kinderbach, and he is really enjoying that too! I think we may have a future piano player in that boy! He and Little Bear also have an app they are using called Talking Shapes. It is a cute way to introduce kids to letter sounds and shapes. And what do I get? I am reviewing Motivated Moms (and loving it!). It is such a great way to keep messes in the house from getting out of control. These reviews will be posting at the end of February and the beginning of March.20140207-115628.jpg

Next week I will be adding one more bit of “schoolwork” to our day. I hate to even call it that because it is really just snuggly time reading good books. Kathy Jo (author of our favorite “Language Lessons Through Literature“) has put together a FREE literature program for young children called Pathways. It is mostly just a reading schedule, but it incorporates poetry, science, history, and some great literature. Many of the books are public domain and the others should be easily found at your library. If you are looking for a great book list for your young children I highly recommend checking it out. I can’t wait to start it next week!

That just about sums up the highlights of our week! All in all, I would say it was a good week. How was your week?

 

 

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