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Week 26

Memory Verse: The Lord your God is with you, he is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing. – Zephaniah 3:17

Hymn: How Great Thou Art

Artist: Claude Monet

Composer: Peter Tchaikovsky

Five in a Row: The Hickory Chair by Lisa Rowe Fraustino (learning about blindness and Louis Braille)

Pre-K Literature: Through Grandpa’s Eyes by Patricia Maclachlan (learning about the senses, blindness, and Louis Braille)

Read Aloud: A Bear Called Paddington by Michael Bond

A Few Photos From Last Week:

We were able to borrow a Braille book from the Library. It’s huge! The kids could not believe it’s one of their favorites, The Mouse and the Motorcycle.

They were trying to “de-code” the braille letters from our library book but it proved to be more difficult than we thought. Some things weren’t adding up…at least not on this particular day!”

They were still at it the next day and still not quite successful in their attempt to crack the code. Finally, Elliot and I watched a 15-minute video on youtube that completely described the Braille system. Elliot caught one comment (that I missed) that explained why we were having issues. Apparently there is a special set of dots on the braille cell that indicates the very next letter is capitalized. That was why we weren’t understanding the beginning of each sentence we attempted to “read”!

Mabel’s contribution to spelling practice was napping with guarding the box.

Our Last Monet Picture Study

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Week 25

Memory Verse: The Lord your God is with you, he is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing. – Zephaniah 3:17

Hymn: How Great Thou Art

Artist: Claude Monet

Composer: Peter Tchaikovsky

Five in a Row: The Hickory Chair by Lisa Rowe Fraustino (learning about blindness and Louis Braille)

Pre-K Literature: Through Grandpa’s Eyes by Patricia Maclachlan (learning about the senses, blindness, and Louis Braille)

Read Aloud: Out of Darkness: The Story of Louis Braille by Russell Freedman

A Few Photos From Last Week:

Math is so fun!

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Practicing her Newest Sight Words
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Her book was about a brother and a sister, so we worked on the brother portion of her family notebook. She gave me the LONGEST narration about him compared to what she has done for previous family members. She went on and on about his likes and interests. She knows her brother well. She’s been writing his name for well over a year (she could write it before her own name) so this was her easiest handwriting page as well.
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We made snowflakes since they were both learning about them. I’ve been finding little scraps of white paper all over my house ever since. They won’t stop making more of them!
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Another Monet Picture Study
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Week 24

Memory Verse: Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. – James 1:17

Hymn: How Great Thou Art

Artist: Claude Monet

Composer: Peter Tchaikovsky

Five in a Row: Snowflake Bentley by Jacqueline Briggs Martin (learning about Wilson Bentley, snowflakes, and microscopes)

Pre-K Literature: Snow Riders by Constance McGeorge (learning about snow)

Read Aloud: The Saturdays by Elizabeth Enright

A Few Photos From Last Week:

Another Field- Trip! We went to see the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. We were delighted to hear several pieces from the Nutcracker by Tchaikovsky, the composer we’re studying right now! I loved getting that nudge and wink from Elliot (and a gasp from Caroline) when they said Tchaikovsky.

In the Word! Since Josh has been home so much more, we’ve finally been successful with doing consistent family devotions in the Bible. Elliot has offered to do the reading whenever his Daddy is unable to. Way to be a leader, buddy!

We were able to check out Wilson Bentley’s Snow Crystals book from the library and look at all the actual photos of snowflakes, since we’ve learned all about how he did that in our FIAR book, Snowflake Bentley.

This isn’t really school-related, but it’s from last week and too sweet not to share. Caroline and Josh went to their first Daddy-Daughter Valentine Dance. She was on Cloud 9!

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An Answered Prayer

It seems that lately I’ve been in one of those valleys. It’s not so much the homeschooling itself that is leading to my discouragement. I’m still loving that just as much as ever. It’s more the issues that arise that I deal with day in and day out because we’re here at home together that tend to get me down. It’s the quibbling amongst the kids, the unpleasant attitudes, and the battle against the intensely strong will of my four year old. Sometimes it feels as if these things will never improve, and having the intention to homeschool well into the future, this can be pretty disparaging. It’s pretty easy to start telling myself I am making no difference in their lives and that I must not be doing a very good job at this.

When I go to bed at night, I usually feel like I failed at something that day. I’ve been trying to go to God with my discouragement about how the day has gone, searching through His Word for encouragement and praying for strength for the next day. Last night, after doing this, I still felt like I needed some extra encouragement and the thought popped into my head to ask God for more…something that would show me He hears me and knows how weary I’ve been feeling. I don’t know why, but I specifically asked God to speak to me through Josh. This morning after breakfast, I came into my bathroom to find a note written by my wonderful husband (pictured above) sitting in my sink. I immediately recognized this as an answered prayer, not because it says something profound that I’ve never heard before, but because I believe it means more than just the words it says. The Creator of all things cared enough about what I’m going through to remind me of what’s true when I needed it and asked for it. He knows that what I am doing is important and a part of His plan.

What I tell myself about not making much of a difference is a lie. The time I spend investing in the lives of our kids will make a difference. By the grace of God, these kids will be a light in a very dark world that is getting darker each day and they will go on to influence the next generation for His glory. I think it’s pretty exciting that I get to be a part of that.

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Week 23

Memory Verse: Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. – James 1:17

Hymn: How Great Thou Art

Artist: Claude Monet

Composer: Peter Tchaikovsky

Five in a Row: Snowflake Bentley by Jacqueline Briggs Martin (learning about Wilson Bentley, snowflakes, and microscopes)

Pre-K Literature: Snow Riders by Constance McGeorge (learning about snow)

Read Aloud: The Saturdays by Elizabeth Enright

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