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Weekly Wrap-Up: Books and DVDs

In my life this week… We took the week off from all planned activities.   What freedom! I’m so tempted to take another week off, but that could cause problems for the end of the school year and June vacation plans.  Ah well, there’s always the week when the grandparents come.

In our homeschool this week… Changes.  Many things in our homeschool are working, but some needed tweaking and some books were finished. Now we’re planning drastic changes.   It’s scary, and I’m still praying and thinking about things.  I’ll post about it when all the decisions have been finalized.

Helpful homeschooling tips or advice to share… Pray about the day, the curriculum, the plan, the schedule, and the child.

Places we’re going and people we’re seeing… We were peaceful at home all week except for grocery shopping.  Oh, yes, and Mr. 16 took his little sister to Tintin.

My favorite thing this week was… Not needing to be anywhere.

Questions/thoughts I have…  How on earth can I implement all the changes we’re contemplating?  I’ll be posting about that, too, once I’ve thought about it some more.

Things I’m working on

  • Homeschool plans.
  • Cleaning out one kitchen cupboard a day.
  • Exercising.
  • Freezing the rest of the butternut squashes.
  • Eating out of the pantry and freezers. We have 3 big freezers and a full pantry, and that’s a lot of food.  I’m joining a pantry challenge for motivation.
  • A big winter cleaning of our bedrooms.


We’re Watching

  • Henry V by Kenneth Branagh.
  • Tintin
  • Lord of the Rings
  • Persuasion
  • Pride and Prejudice (BBC version)
  • Berenstein Bears
  • The Scarlet Pimpernel (second time, in preparation for Miss 14’s new blog)

Since we do not have a TV and normally watch videos one evening a week, this was a very special time!

I’m reading

Mark. I finished Matthew, The Dirty Life: On Farming, Food, and Love by Kristin Kimball (interesting reminder of why our family is not planning a hobby farm—too much physical labor) and Promise and Deliverance: Christ and the Nations by S.G. De Graaf (part of Mr. 16’s schoolwork).  I’m reading The Resolution for Women by Priscilla Shirer, Chosen by God by Sproul, and Fit and Fabulous in 15 Minutes by Teresa Tapp.  I read 52 books this year.

With the kids, I finished On the Banks of Plum Creek. Now we’re reading Luke, By the Shore of Silver Lake, O Canada, Rozemarijntje Naar School (a Dutch book), and The Secret Mission, sequel to The Escape I was shocked to discover that I read 28  books out loud this year!  Reading aloud is one of our favorite activities.

I’m grateful for … Warmth.  Sausages.  Communication.  Dogs.  Weather forecasts.


This post is linked to The Homeschool Mother’s Journal .


  1. JoAnn says:

    Sounds like a great week. I can’t wait to hear about your changes in homeschooling. I hope they are just what your family needs.

    Happy New Year!!!

    1. Annie Kate says:

      I think they will be, but they certainly keep me busy so far. Actually, what’s keeping me busy are the other things I committed to before realizing we would be making these changes. I’m hoping to post about it next Monday.

  2. Wow, 28 books aloud! I would love to read that many to my kids. Maybe one day, we are working on it though.

    1. Annie Kate says:

      I was shocked, too. We just read a few chapters a day, most days. It adds up so quickly!

  3. AGeekyMom says:

    Thanks for stopping by my blog! It sounds like you had a great week too! What a great list of DVDs.


    1. Annie Kate says:

      Yes, it is a great list…and shockingly long, too. Sigh!

  4. Jenn4him says:

    This past week is my favorite of the entire year. I love stopping for a little while to think things over. Grace and I have been watching non-stop episodes of Edwardian Farm. I wondered if you had seen it? I am behind times, of course, just learning of it. I watch via You Tube! Happy New Year!

    1. Annie Kate says:

      Never heard of it…but I’ll be looking for it! Thanks for letting me know

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