SQT: First Week of Term 2, Not New Year’s Resolutions, and Flavored Coffee

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We have survived! Week 1 of term 2 is almost in the bag. My older boys each have 1 reading left, since Daddy came home early. (And when Dad is home, schoolwork usually doesn’t happen.) But they did some carpentry and looked at the car with Dad, so that is still educational.

Here is term 2, day 1 in my eldest son’s assignment book (Dancing Bears is a reading program for dyslexics):


Here is his 6-week overview page in my bullet journal (yes, the outstanding reading is from The Wonder Book of Chemistry, which we somehow missed last term):


The grid sticky note covering the bottom half of the page is my cheat sheet for making out his daily list. Another ‘trick’ to quiet my perfectionist self: mistakes are guaranteed to leave no trace.

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I’ve discovered Dwane at Visual Latin has been busy making chalkboard videos on YouTube. I might start scheduling them once a week for the boys, and I know they’ll help me as well, since I’m using Henle Latin to focus on Latin Grammar. (Why, yes, I’m learning the nuts & bolts of Latin Grammar for fun. Doesn’t everyone?)

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Ever wanted to have your kids draw the world map, from memory? Well here is a free resource which came through my Facebook feed to do just that. You can download it at the Half-a-hundred Acre Wood. The best thing is it provides tips for when you are ready to go beyond the basic continent map.

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The very first entry in “Learning by Hand” was Kristyn at Bereca Valley Academy. She teaches us a craft even the littlest hands can do: hand sewn cards. Just in time for Valentine’s Day. Thanks Kristyn!

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I’ve told a few people that I don’t set New Year’s Resolutions. I don’t even like to start goals on a Monday. But I love to be inspired by the goals of others, and keep them in mind as possible habits or appointments for myself. I think we are far enough from January 1st for me to link Barb’s post on her own nature study goals for 2015.

The interesting thing is that she is branching out, into her broader area. But as we contemplate moving out of state later in the year, I find myself wanting to focus on my little home area: “our” pond and river, to know “our” osprey better, to observe the trees nearby, and name the plants in the neighbor’s field.

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What didn’t happen this week? Morning Meeting (aka circle time, morning time, morning basket).ย  And, by extension, our Round Table (older boys) also didn’t happen. Piano happened once. My goal next week is to plan easy & quick breakfasts, or even make-ahead breakfasts, so we don’t get distracted while myself or one of the big boys cooks. Because if we start earlier, everything goes faster and smoother. The morning is the rudder of the day.

On a positive note, it looks like Friday will be a short school day for us. Which is great, because I want to schedule some hobby time every week: handicrafts and painting.

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I’m drinking a lot more coffee again. French Vanilla flavored. A family friend has been trying to convince me that pure “Columbian” coffee is the only way to go, but I don’t think I can leave my lovely vanilla coffee. My 10 yo, who occasionally has a cup of coffee, has betrayed me and sided with the family friend. Then said 10 yo informed us that Columbian coffee was not native to Columbia, but was transplanted there long ago. The dangers of an Ambleside Online educated child*.

*(He learned this fun coffee fact from his geography book for year 5: A Child’s Geography of the World by Hillyer. PS: This is a wonderful book, but not $45 wonderful. The best way to find OOP books is to be patient and persistent, shopping around and waiting for a decent deal.)


  1. Kristyn

    Hey, thanks for stopping by to check out the hand-stitched cards and for highlighting them in your post ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Amy Hines (Post author)

      I appreciate you linking-up! Your cards are our next cloudy day project. (It has been very oddly, and wonderfully, sunny this week.)


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