Looking back over the week that was, makes be sit down and smell the roses so to speak, makes me see how much really goes on each and every day, even those days when I don't feel like much has happened. They have also made me a better mum and a better educator. I am striving to include as much as I can in our days (still have a long way to go) whilst also finding that balance of plenty of down time.
I also like that in time I will have an easy reference to find things that we have done, learnt about or just had fun with.
I've noticed a few other bloggers feeling intimidated by various online Weekly Wrap Posts and last year I felt that way too. I've worked through that and am now able to see the other weekly wrap ups for what they are, another homeschool family's week of learning and fun. It is not our family or our homeschool, it is someone else's, we do need to remember that. Plus I also love seeing what others are doing week to week, it gives me inspiration, ideas and encouragement to move forward.
So if you've been thinking about starting weekly wrap ups, ensure you are doing them for the right reason - for you and your family - and don't be intimdated, just do what works for you.
We're 5 weeks into the term (3 more to go, for us anyway) and I am starting to feel the, "I need a little wee break feeling." All of this blogging, making stuff for the kids, learning, creating and being busy is exhausting. So I am doing a super condensed Weekly Wonders Post, even though we've had a full on week.
Our Circle Time
Enjoying this immensely, still very much winging it though and am working on some plans for this time of the day. I am currently busy printing and laminating Jolanthe's latest Skip Counting and Weather Chart Printables which we will start using this week.
Well it basically rained all week here. I think we were lucky enough to get in that one scooter ride the day the kids made their rainbow streamers.
Was pretty much life school this week, C basically just participated in as much of our St Patrick's Day activities as he could. Of course there is always plenty of reading, singing and giggling going on with tot school.
K has loved all of this 'making things fun' we've had with St Patrick's Day. She is definitely the little crafter.
We seem to have gotten over another hurdle just recently with B's school work. Nearly every day this week he has completed his Language Arts work without asking me to read anything!! He has also taken to asking for his work as soon as he ready in the mornings, as opposed to waiting for me to call him. I've had to pick my jaw up off the floor a few mornings this week. I think all of the routine we've had over the past few weeks is starting to show the rewards I was seeking.
Everyone enjoyed our St Patrick's Day theme this week and we are looking forward to continuing that during this week.
One the very big highlights of the week was B and K going to Sydney and to the Taronga Zoo for the weekend. This was their Christmas present from Grandma (dad tagged along for the ride also).
It was K's first time on a plane so a very exciting experience for her.
I was a little bit jealous because I desperately wanted to see the new Baby Elephant at the zoo and can you believe that they didn't even bring me home a photograph, shocking I tell you, shocking.
In fact the whole experience was quite light on when it comes to photographic memories, now isn't that why you need your mum with you!!! But here's a few snapshots, if you look carefully you can see the Sydney Harbour Bridge in the background whilst they are on the ferry.
However I think the hands down ultimate winner of the week would have to have been this
Yes even with all the rain they managed to get our pool finished YAY!!! And yes it is raining and cold but of course they have swam all weekend, what else is a kid to do when you have a new pool in your own back yard.
Have a listen to their excitement in the video.
This video shows a bit more of our the deck area and our new outdoor area. It is still a work in progress and quite a bit of mess is around so you will have to excuse all of that (and the tradesmen yakking in the background hehehehe)
So all in all a full on super busy week.