What is my blog about? It's about Torah family living. It's about letting Torah affect our daily lives, from mealtime to bedtime, homeschooling to farm chores.

Friday, September 30, 2011

Rubber boot homeschool week #4

We had a shorter week to allow time for Feast of Trumpets.
It was a week of learning to be flexible and a week of learning to be strict.
I learned to be flexible in science class. We moved to the couch so everyone could cuddle and see the pictures. I also decided to rearrange the order of science books planned for this year. I'm still using the same books, just changing the order.
I also indulged in a little spontaneity. We studied Egypt in history this week, so I printed off some clipart and we made Egyptian pop up pictures.
Math, on the other hand, required more strictness. Isaac had begged to not be timed in math, so we decided to only time him once a week. However, this led to math worksheets being completed at 9:00 at night. So, we had to draw the line and return to timing. I was pleased that their timed efforts were really good. Naomi got 100% and Holly showed great improvement over her previous scores. Just goes to show that if you give them an inch, they take a mile! I tend to be too easy on them, so I have been learning how to expect more and hold my children to certain requirements.

Part of this week was also spent getting ready for Feast of Trumpets. I'll do another post on our celebration. Here are some pics of the kids helping me get all the food ready.

We made:
  • 36 dinner rolls, twisted to look like shofars.
  • 30 cinnamon rolls
  • 3 doz ginger snaps
  • 3 doz chocolate no-bake cookies
  • 2 doz devilled eggs
  • double batch of garlic dip
On prep days, I have started posting a to-do list on the fridge. There are certain incentives that don't happen until the list is finished. In times past it has been easy to let the last few things go undone. I have been working on finishing what I start, which is also good training for the kids. As a bonus, it has really increased our productivity, in school and around the house.

What I learned this week
  • B doesn't happen until A is completed.
  • Lists are a good thing.
  • Constantly having two little boys on my lap can be a bit tiring.
  • Homemade cinnamon rolls are really good!
  • Men blessing their children is a beautiful thing.
Shabbat Shalom to everyone!

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