A Year in the Life of a Home Schooling Family: Day 67

It was a nice relaxing day today. We had pretty much finished all the work I had planned for this week, yesterday. I had hoped to take the girls up to London with Gary today, but Gary needed to work so we have rescheduled for next week.

Thomas took his littlest sister out for a hot chocolate before school this morning:

The rest of the morning was spent on normal home-school stuff. Granny’s and Latin for Charlotte; maths, biology and psychology for Lillie and work books for the littles:

The only thing I had left to do was to complete our picture study for the second art lab. The girls are discussing what they see in the ink and water colour by Susan Schwake:

They then attempted their own, focusing on the outline of the still life before lunch:

Becca wasn’t too happy with her drawing. This is not unusual, and most of the time I try to encourage her to enjoy the process rather than focusing on the end result. In this case, I could see the main mistake she had made, so chose to make this a teachable moment! She redid it and was much happier with her second drawing:

Meanwhile, Charlotte made lunch which was left overs from the night before (chilli):

and Lillie finished off her art human biology:

Whilst waiting for the rice to cook, Becca did some gymnastics practice for tonight:

and Abigail did some science in her science nook, growing some more crystals:

After lunch, Abs began sieving for gold, an activity from her Curiosity Box:

and Becca tried her hand at making a sugar free dessert:

After I had finished listening to 1 Kings, we went back to our art study. The girls began painting their ink drawings:

A lovely peaceful day, at the end of which we shall all be watching Mulan together, snuggled up on the sofa.

Gotta love homeschooling!

Lenten Feast and Fast

Feast: I have read/listened to Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Number, Deuteronomy, Joshua, Judges, Ruth, Samuel I, Samuel II and I Kings

I still do this three times a day for about half an hour to an hour at a time, mostly when I am meant to be eating. I do believe it is this emersion in the scriptures which is making this experience relatively easy for me.

Fast: I have had no solid food for the past ten days. I am a quarter the way through Lent. I feel remarkably good, full of energy and, although I am missing solid food (of course), I am not finding it too hard to abstain. I’m not bored of the juices yet, but feel I will probably need to move on to some meat and vegetable broths at some point. But not yet. I will listen to my body and follow what I believe it is telling me based on its needs.

I am not doing this to lose weight, but I have lost 11 IB so far.