Day by Day

22 January 2018

The rain has continued seemingly unabated, and the coughs and colds morphed into flu. So, not much to report, other than our attempts to keep going with some sort of learning for whoever wasn’t too unwell at the time.

Lanky Dude continued to go into college, but eventually succumbed with a high temperature and stayed home. Story tapes, story CD’s and Audible come into their own at times like these. And everyone just has to pitch in and help.

I guess it gives opportunities to learn greater responsibility for the younger ones. Which they quite like; the problem has been reinstating the normal work routine! One of my New Year Resolutions is to read more; I always have a couple of books on the go, but generally only read at bed time. We had a great discussion during our Sunday family prayer time about our New Year’s Resolutions, and I’ve asked them to keep checking on my progress/encouraging me in this.

So, the four books at the top are the ones I’m reading now. I expect the Alexander McCall Smith will be finished first and returned to the library. My strategy is less scrolling through emails to give me an extra five minutes in the morning, and simply being more disciplined to read after lunch during our whole family quiet reading time. So, we’ll see!

The other books are the ones the boys are reading. I still read aloud to them, and, having finished “Don Camillo and the Prodigal Son” just before Christmas, we’ve started on the Rosemary Sutcliffe. Rhythm Dude is reading “Unbroken”, lent to him by his drum teacher. He’s also listening on his audible app to “The Silmarillion” by JRR Tolkien. Lanky Dude has hardly read at all since he started college, but the other two are by his bed waiting for a time he has spare energy and brain space.

One of the fabulous things about home-schooling is the time we have to read. I’m sure Rhythm Dude wouldn’t have read as much if he only had time in the evenings when he’s tired. As it is, he reads after lunch, and so can tackle some weightier tomes.

We’ve had only one visit this week, but it was lovely; a home-school family with a beautiful daughter who is friends with Dancing Toes. I really enjoy getting to know the families who are part of the home ed group. They are such interesting people! So, after lunch, with the rain pelting down outside, we settled ourselves in front of the fire and chatted. A good way to spend Sunday afternoon.

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