Being a mother of 6 I now know when burnout is coming on and the answer is always downsizing , returning to Him for our guidence , and ultimately simplicity is required . So I'm returning to that which leads us to have much contentment in our daily lives . Reconnecting with homeschoolers in the here and now in our own communities etc. no offence to the many blogger homeschools out there but we do need to admit when to much is to much ;-) . I also am reminded that almost everything He gives us is free , this includes our homeschool and especially regarding mission work ;-) This came to me after dh & I went to the craft store collecting items for activities for math games etc. the bill came to , well far to much . So I am returning to the cheap workbooks our children love for math no more hunting down singapore etc. which I never thought I'd leave by the way . Hey we change . Using our free math resources from the library for living math books and the free waldorf math taught in our own aboriginal languages . Now that is a gift and totally free . Using rosehips , acorns & sticks for math ;-) So I urge you no matter where you live He has no doubt given you also the utilities to do it cheaply and freely not needing to spend the huge amounts on curriculum or the need to keep up with others ;-) We are returning to our many wonderful winter road trips and the study of arctic animals this season . I continue to teach the children American / Canadian History Geography this yr. via our many resources . We will specifically focus on the Inuit and Dene as well . We will also be studying
dog sledding as dh & the boys are making a trip out for the real experience this winter . This has always been a dream of ds12 so who knows maybe it will become an annual event ;-)
I tend to want to be the curl up with a nice mug of cocoa gal and have the woodstove blazing lol . I'm preparing our advent cedar wreath and snow activities for the kids . We will be continueing with our chess group , karate & swimming . Planning a wonderful solstice party and getting our ice rink up ;-) We are also hoping the boys will be enjoying thier new metis guitar, drumming and fiddle lessons , goal childrens choir next year ;-) . I'll leave a nice link list of some books and activities we are doing over the winter . I'd like to keep up the copywork idea of the week but I'm just to beat for it right now . I urge you to try and spend at least a good month on one saint / holy person / proverbs or psalms so your children really get into the mind of the writer ~ mind of Him really ;-) I continue to use brainy quote myself or EWTN has some really good quotes from saints as well . You may look for more book ideas and links below the photos ;-) All in all we hope you have a wonderful Advent/ Christmas season . Much Love , la familia de Guadalupe
almond eyes and lotus feet ~ I love this book so much and have been craving to re-read it ;-)
Christmas in Calico ~ no idea how this is but it looks good
Lavender Lies ~ I love Susan Alberts books
Hans Brinker ~ reading this with ds12 but really it is for me ;-)
Mother Stories ~ this was a book of my grandmothers and not sure if it can be found
Home Education ~ I am re-reading Home education from the original CM series
Pocketful of Pinecones ~ this is again another I cannot put away
For the Children's Sake ~ beleive it or not I have never read this book !
Prayer in Your Life ~ I'm so excited to be doing this again ! Waiting on cds from my group leader .
Curanderos they heal the sick with prayers and herbs ~ I love this book so much
Activity Books , Nature Study ,ETC.
Knee High Nature Winter ~ I love these books
Celebrating Irish Festivals ~ This is a beautiful Book
All Year Round ~ One of the most lovely books . I really enjoy the stroies provided .
Plants of the Western Boreal Forest ~ we use this mostly for our tree work
Family Fun Nights ~ we are also trying On Stage by the same author
The Catholic Home ~ I really like this book
Winter Day Play ~ we haven't tried this yet but it looks good
Crafts to Make in Winter ~ we have enjoyed most of Kathy Ross's books
Magic of Christmas Cookbook ~ gooseberry patch books are always good !
How to make a Quinzee ~ we always make several quinzees in winter
Build an ice rink ~ I really should take pics this yr.
Jan Brett ~ we are returning to Jan Brett this Season ;-)
Putumayo Presents Christmas Around the World ~ we love putumayo
Von Trapp Family ~ This is inspiration for Mum ;-)
Tasha Tudor ~ If you can find any of her Christmas Videos or Craft books they are wonderful
Religion for the Family
Our Holy Faith ~ I am really excited about using these with the kids this yr.
New ST.Joseph Baltimore Catechism ~ I of course still love this and will re-read it with the children many times ( all levels of course )
Mass Explained to Children ~ This is a wonderful book
The Story of Christmas ~ Jane Ray is one of our fav artists this book is absolutely beautiful
Books , Suppliers etc.
Chapters ~ we order most of our books from here
OLVS ~ LOVE THE BOOKS & MUSIC !
Bethlehem Books ~ just beautiful
Litte Flower Family Apostolate ~ most beautiful prayer books etc. beautiful for Christmas gifts
Cukierski Sacramentals ~ where we order all our sacramentals
Saintly Soaps ~ really , really , wonderful Christmas gifts !
Timber Press Books ~ I just found this