Friday, January 7, 2011

Wrapping up the Week - 1/7

Family Read Alouds→ 
During the Day ~ Five Children and It
To the boys ~ The Hobbitt (slowly but surely they are plugging away)
To the girls ~ selections from Hey! Listen to This: Stories to Read Aloud

My Reading List→
The Secret Diary of Elisabeth Leseur
The Happiness Project
On my Kindle: Digestive Wellness for Children

Around the House→ The Christmas decorations were packed up and put away.  I am going to try this clutter calendar for the year.  I have hopes of trying to do little de-cluttering things almost each day instead needing to do big projects that take up a day on the weekend.  By the way, over the Holidays the girls and I spent a bit of time cleaning and sorting in their room.  We were able to get the project completed in less than an hour, mostly because we weren't sorting through drawers, finding clothes stuffed here and there and refolding clean clothes.  I am loving our family closet!

Around the Kitchen→ This month I am focusing on The Pantry Challenge.  My grocery shopping will (hopefully) be minimal as we work through the things we have on hand.  I did a pantry check and organize, with a bit more to do.

Tea Time→ This month we are talking about self-discipline. Much to discuss in this area!  We enjoyed Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Muffins while we read some selections from The Book of Virtues.  

Winter Outings→ It snowed a bit on Thursday so the kids were anxious to get outside and sled.  Technically it wasn’t enough to sled on, but the kids didn’t care and it was good for all of us to get outside and get some fresh air and exercise.

Learning all the Time→   We continued to read a few Christmas books, I found this book at an after-Christmas sale, Mary Engelbreit’s A Merry Little Christmas Celebrate from A to Z  It was a good way to tie in our alphabet learning with Christmas.

Dad took a break from work to build blocks with the littles.

Jacob ~ MUS, Calculadder Drills, Handwriting/Copywork, Reading
Jonah ~ MUS, Phonics, Handwriting, Copywork, Reading
Sarah ~ MUS, Phonics, Handwriting, Reading

We are going to start spending time on Sunday afternoons doing a more focused religion study.  We are using Faith and Life Series and Seton.

   Along the Alphabet Path: - Letter “M” Week ~ We talked about Mary and read portions of the book Mary, The Mother of Jesus.  Here are some of the other M books we read:
Night of the Moonjellies (we love this book)
The Moon
Cat and Mouse in the Snow

Our letter M craft was simple.  I printed out an “M” that they cut out and glued to construction paper.  They then glued macaroni onto the letter with magenta colored glue.

Cutting the M out proved to be a bit too challenging for Leah and Levi.  I simply drew a letter M on construction paper for them to glue the pasta.   

Feel free to link up and share your week!


Robin said...
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Robin said...

Hi Jen! Looks like you had another great week. Love the picture of the girls <3 Have a great weekend!

Patty said...

Hi Jen! I'll link up next week since our wrap up meant heading to the beach! We went to Galveston Island today and tomorrow it is the Space Center in Houston. Long story short...had space tickets since last April, and Christmas money burning a hole in our pockets. We surprised the kids and are having a fun mini-vacation!

Lori said...

I love "Five Children and It"! Great read aloud. Thank you for sharing your wrap-up. Seeing your post makes me want to get back to "school as usual". After this weekend, we should be good to go. I will link up next week! :)

Gardenia said...

I love seeing what books you are reading, and the children too. sweet photos of your children in the snow. I'm going to check out that declutter calendar. I'm convinced that's the way to stay on top of things. and there's a lot of satisfaction in having little cleaning successes along the way.

Patty said...

I'm coming back to reread some posts while the kids try to fall asleep in the hotel room. (Strange places never make for early bedtimes even though they've been up since 5am)! At any rate, I wanted to say how cute the snow pics were. And I like the new look of your blog.

Tracy said...

As always Jen, great post and pictures. The snow picture with your girls in their pink coats is beautiful! And Dad with the blocks is a priceless moment captured on film! Your post reminded me that I need to get back into having "tea time" weekly with my children to go over the upcoming Sunday Gospel reading and have a snack ( my children's favorite part of tea time)
Have a blessed weekend and thanks for linking up again to our No Ordinary Blog Hop!

Lynda said...

Great post Jen. Thanks for the link to the clutter calendar, I will check it out. I love the concentration on your children's faces when they are working on the letter of the week. That is so precious. Thank you for linking up to No Ordinary Blog Hop. I really enjoy reading your posts, although I am ashamed to say I don't always leave a comment. Have a blessed weekend.

Tiffany said...

Your post is chock full of good ideas! I always enjoy photos and the glimpses of other precious families. Just love you mantle and the photos of each child~ beautiful! I had never heard of colored glue? Where did you find that? Neat idea to do your religious studies on Sundays.

Jen @ Forever, For Always... said...

Thanks for all of your comments!

Tiffany-I colored the glue myself with food coloring :)

Renee Ann said...

Hi, Jen. I found your blog through No Ordinary Blog Hop and had to bookmark it so I could return and read your adoption stories when I have more time. Love the picture in your blog header! Blessings on your beautiful family! (I'm from Doorkeeper at

The Adventurer said...

Thanks for linking up to the NOBH. Your girls are so cute (winter pic) Seems you have had a busy week.

Sherri said...

I found you on the NOBH. I just think your story is amazing!! How in the world do u find time to bake those delicious looking muffins?? I have 2 kiddies & barely get to make our yummy stuff:)!!


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