Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Huffin' and puffin'

We got one of these at my request. Once upon a time (literally half a life time ago) I enjoyed running. Then I stopped. Starting again is HARD work!! Using this will apparently help lengthen my life, yeah? At the moment it feels a bit more like death. Trusting that will change :o)

The kids are not allowed to get on it or even touch it.... so teddy will instead... got to love a 3yo's thinking!


Monday, November 28, 2011

 Sadly not a duplicate; I've just heard another precious friend is grieving

The joy and expectation of a baby on the way

The tears and sadness at learning of that precious baby's passing

The peace of knowing that in all things God works together for the good of those who love Him

The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away ~ May the name of the Lord be praised!

Love you too my dear friend, thank you for sharing xo


The joy of a newly announced pregnancy

The tears and sadness at learning of that precious baby's passing

The peace of knowing that in all things God works together for the good of those who love Him

The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away ~ May the name of the Lord be praised!

Love you my dear friend xo


Saturday, November 26, 2011

Planning details #2

The next pile of importance... Education in The House of Bogwitz is about a whole lot more than academics. This pile is a lot about 'the way we do things'

The top book which is hard to read in the picture is A Charlotte Mason Education ~ A Home Schooling How-To Manual
There is at least one other book that follows on from this, but this in itself has been a helpful tool for me. Great as an introduction to CM styles, beliefs etc or for use as a summary that is easy to go back to for refreshing one's memory of the longer CM writings.

A Life That Says Welcome is a book about hospitality through all areas of life... developing a 'let nothing stop you' attitude. That's a part of our family's education foundation; without love, we are nothing.

Joyfully at Home is a part of the deliberate direction in which we are raising our daughters

Maltesers - YUM! I will say no more other than I have heard they are not sold in the US (sorry peoples!)

Homeschooling with a Meek and Quiet Spirit - oh so helpful for someone like myself who does NOT have a meek and quiet spirit by default. A few 'ouch!' moments when reading but it's only by 'ouch!' moments that we grow, right?

Raising Godly Tomatoes is a SUPER helpful book about raising godly children... children that ARE the blessing they're meant to be. If any Aussies are interested in getting a copy of this book, let me know. I'm looking at a bulk order if there's enough interest. Buying direct costs about $42AUD for one book, I can get a bulk order for about $25/book delivered to your door.

and that's the end of that pile!


Thursday, November 24, 2011

Organized Simplicity

(I must say that it feels rather odd to be using a 'z' in the word organised!)

I bought this book sight unseen, other than the cover, when someone I asked told me it was a book on their family's wishlist. Having similar values to the family AND it being a book on *organising* it became a *must buy*

Letting you know right away though, that it's not a book I'm done with. Not even through it the first time yet. So my thought's here about the book are by default, incomplete :o)

The books tag line is "The Clutter-Free Approach to Intentional Living"

The book starts out at the "Intentional Living" end of things. It helps you work through perceptions vs realities of needs and wants. With check lists along the way. I LOVE check lists! I LOVE intentional living too - everything is a choice and getting the clutter  of 'doing' down to a minimum has to be just as good as getting the clutter of 'stuff' down to a minimum too, right? For me, that = sanity

The book covers sooo many things, so if there's a chapter you 'know already', there will be another chapter that gets you thinking again over things. The book takes you through efficient folding of sheets, with pictures to match; discusses the rewards of simple living, having a home that embraces little things (little people!) and includes a bunch of great tools like a 10 step plan to decluttering each room of your house, templates for a home management notebook and a few non-toxic recipes for things like toothpaste, deodorant, shampoo and household cleaners.

...and to top all that off, it's a VERY cute book. Pretty colouring, cute size and a hidden spiral that makes using the book nice and easy.


Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Planning details

In my recent 2 days of Home Ed Planning time (bliss hey?!) I got sooo much done. Still more to do. Focus was hard at times, but yes, lot's of good things achieved. I LOVE when I get time home alone. That which I was not able to get done is all good because I at least now know what that is, and sometimes that's the worst bit of the battle of organisation in anything - knowing what to do and where to begin.

Here's a bunch of books from my original picture, to give you a better idea of how I go about planning

On top are my 2 diaries for the next year. I photocopy a few pages out of them so I can start them early. The small one I've been using since the Start of October and the large one with 2012 noted on the spine, I have just started in the last few weeks.

Why diaries and not an app? I'm a paper gal. My brain functions better when I can see it all laid out.
Why 2 diaries? The small one means I can always take it with me - important for managing a life of bits and pieces. Saves me much thinking time as I don't have to remember to 'get back to people'
The larger one allows me to see a week to an opening which means each week when I sit down to plan, I have the space to do it. Book work times, outings, errands and meal plans can all go in the one place.
Both these diaries are from Kikki K and I'm loving them because asides from the cute designs, the monthly view in them is as a calendar view, not a long list of dates which is what I've found elsewhere since ditching my Franklin Covey. A calendar layout for a month is MUCH easier for me to visualise our coming's and goings.

Next in the pile are 2 of my 1c exercise books (I think I have a 10 year supply?)
I use these for project planning. One of these is for the home ed family camp we're going on next week. Here all info goes... costs & budget, packing lists, meals for the road trip and meals once we're there (it's a self catering camp which is great because it keeps the costs down in a MAJOR way)

The other orange book was empty and is now filled with notes.
As it came to mind I noted WHAT I wanted to plan on my weekend, What has WORKED in the past and what has NOT, notes of possible read -alouds and shared-chapter books, the workings out of how long it would take Melinda to get through her LLATL and Nathaniel his Explode the Code, The workings out of our term dates for the rest of this year and all of 2012, MY reading list for the next however long it takes me to get through it and notes on the developing weekly schedule.

Most importantly was the IMPORTANT page at the front of the book which helped me keep things in perspective.

Next in the pile is my bible. This one is about a year old now after I had a light bulb moment that I needed a bible that was easy to hold and use if I was going to achieve my goal of reading it more. A heavy hard cover study bible is not helpful when wanting to curl up in a chair and read or do bible time with the kids while holding or feeding a baby. This one solved that - a nice soft flexi cover and not too heavy. Don't do anything serious without your bible near by. If you get me you get me. If you don't then explaining won't help :o)

Organized Simplicity  is a GREAT book in which I'm still finding gems.... I'll share more on it tomorrow (I promise!) It's NOT what I expected in an organising book and it's a keeper :o)

Large family Logistics is a book that is great for anyone with kids, I'd say especially for those who are at home with their kids. It makes a great gift - I've bought 3 copies already! I keep it handy when planning because if I'm stuck on something a quick flick through this and I usually have a new idea that will usually work for us - Got to love that! Plenty of room in it to make notes too (though some hate marking books, I know)

Well, that's the end of pile #1... there's 3 more to come... hopefully I'll get to them soon.

Monday, November 21, 2011

George Washington Carver

This is the 3rd book in this series that we've read as a read-aloud. I have enjoyed them all, as have the children. Being a biography, they get a little tough for me to read towards the end because, well... the person always dies. Makes me teary every time!

ISBN: 9781883002787

We all learnt a lot... about racism, death, human cruelty, gardening, saving, choices, needs and more. A great way to glean a little bit of history. We just read along slowly, one chapter a day over maybe 4 days a week. This book had 16 chapters so it took us a bit under a month. I'd like to go a bit faster and am aiming for 5 days a week for our next few books. It's not the only reading that happens around here... bible reading, shared chapter read-alouds, personal reading in free time, quiet time reading... not to mention sneaky reading when something else is meant to be being done!

Saturday, November 19, 2011

It's that time again

The house is empty, all I hear are the birds. 
I have the rest of the weekend home alone to plan and prepare for the next season of home schooling. 
Time to pray and listen so I continue to know God's direction in my part of raising our children for Him, loose schedules so we can tick off bookwork completed, choose the next few read-aloud's, get a bunch of photocopying done, go over our bible lessons so I'm one step ahead of the kids, get memory verses written onto drill cards, flesh out some real life activities and experiences, fine tune family jobs and routines and then print print print and laminate laminate laminate :o) 
9.5 hours sleep for the first time in forever has hopefully prepared me well!
Let the planning begin