Learning Notes for the New Year

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Blogging, what’s that?  All my volunteer commitments came due this month, and I have been so busy during naptimes lately!

Linking up with Melanie for a quick snapshot of last week.

Monday, January 5

After two weeks of Christmas break, we weren’t quite ready to get back to school, especially since N. still had two more days of vacation. But, the boys were serving at Mass, and we had our monthly co-op that morning.

The younger kids learned about a parable of Jesus, and the older kids and I organized donations for a crisis pregnancy center and talked about how the works of mercy are more important to the Christian life than trying to make changes to society through politics. Working to alleviate poverty and injustice is a noble calling, but it’s through face-to-face interaction with those in need that we encounter Christ. Think about a doctor in a research lab dedicating his life to finding the cure for cancer but never taking the time to visit with any cancer patients!

Being the “Twelfth Night” of Christmas I thought it would be fun to watch a recording of Shakespeare’s play, but then I forgot all about it. But we did finish off the last of the Christmas cookies and fudge.

Tuesday, January 6

Holiday for the traditional day of Epiphany…final presents in the morning and then a quiet day of playing since it was cold and rainy. N. was home but had a lot of grading to do, and I did some errands and tried to accept that N. would be going back to work the next day!

In the evening, the boys all went to an Epiphany party at church, and Marie and I had an AHG meeting.

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Wednesday-Friday, January 7-9

N. went back to work, and I tried to get the homeschooling wheels turning again. I knew we’d need to ease back into school mode, so I assigned only math facts, reading aloud, and writing  thank-you notes for Christmas gifts. But it was still like pulling teeth to get everyone to the table each morning!

We started a new read-aloud–Justin Morgan had a Horse–and William finished up his book for his book club.

Friday afternoon, the kids helped me take down the Christmas tree. They hauled it out to the backyard, where they continue to drag it around and play with it. Eventually N. plans to saw it apart and try to build a Lenten candleholder like this out of it. Only one month left to go…

I could see by the end of the week (by the end of the first day, really) that some New Year’s Resolutions were in order for our homeschool, which had gotten pretty disorganized the past couple months.

Even though I inwardly groan at the effort needed to get things back in order, I know it is worthwhile! Here’s G.K. Chesterton on resolutions:

The object of a New Year is not that we should have a new year. It is that we should have a new soul and a new nose; new feet, new backbone, new ears and new eyes. Unless a particular man made New Year resolutions, he would make no resolutions. Unless a man start afresh about things, he will certainly do nothing effective.

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