Weekly Wrap-Up: Week 22

weekly wrap upI wrote this post last night, but I’m going ahead and posting because I don’t expect to do much today. Kathryn woke up this morning with a tummy bug, so I am staying close (and praying the rest of the family doesn’t get it). She has been soooo excited about tonight’s GA’s racer derby at church, and now it looks like she won’t be able to participate, which is very disappointing. 🙁

On Monday morning, the girls and I searched for verses about love, and we wrote those verses on a garland of hearts we made. Even though this was a little Valentine’s craft, I plan to leave it up a while because it’s not just about a holiday, but about love. Don’t you love how it just happens to go so nicely with the living room decor?
Garland of Hearts

This is love

I’m proud of how Kathryn has been doing with writing. Her perfectionist tendencies held her up with this last year, and even a few months ago. I backed off for a while, and things have gone much better since we started back up last month. She chooses whatever Story Starter she wants, then continues that story on her own. She also finally has a pen pal who seems as eager as she is. Kathryn nearly tackled the mail carrier yesterday to see if she had a letter (she did!) and immediately set to writing her new pal back.
Our history readings  this week are Calico Captive for Lindsey, and The Captain’s Dog for Kathryn. Both books are big hits with the girls. I’m still working on getting Lindsey comfortable with the concept of narration. Kathryn doesn’t love it, but she’s done it for years, so it’s not a big deal and she knows what I expect. It’s totally new for Lindsey, but she did well this week — possibly because she loves this book.

We watched when the next door neighbor had a new driveway poured, and I dubbed it a “field trip” in our front yard.

Kathryn had a great life skills lesson when we babysat our little friend Kaley. I didn’t even have to be here; Kathryn kept Kaley wonderfully entertained through reading, having Kaley point to colors and letters and shapes in books, and doing puzzles on the floor. She is going to be a great mommy one day!
with Kaley
In other life skills, Lindsey has been driving a little more often. Still not with me, though, because at this point I am still spazing a little about our teenager manning a two-ton weapon on the roadways. So, Ken’s the driving guy.

Besides all of that, my mind has been occupied with pondering what curriculum we’ll be using next year. It seems a little early to be figuring all of that out, but A) I like to be prepared, B) I like to space out curriculum costs whenever possible, and C) my cousin was kind enough to loan me a year’s worth of Tapestry of Grace plans so I could thoroughly look it over. Right now, it’s looking like I probably will go with that next year, but I’m not entirely decided yet. Thoughts, experience, and opinions welcome!

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Kris @ Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers

Brian is totally going to be the driving parent for all my kids. I completely get the whole spazzing thing. 😉

I’m sorry to hear that Kathryn is sick, especially since it means she’ll have to miss the derby. I know that’s a huge disappointment to her. Hope she’s feeling better soon.

Have a great weekend!


Love the Valentine’s decorations 🙂


Sorta OT, but LOVE your photos and your livingroom. The photos are super-crisp (wish I knew how to do that) and your livingroom is gorgeous!


The heart garland is lovely! You are right it goes beautifully in the livingroom. I had given my copy of Story Starters out, I bet my little Kathryn (10) is ready for it, thanks for reminding me. So sorry to hear about the sickness, it’s just so heartbreaking especially with the fun event planned. Have a great weekend!

Tricia @Hodgepodge

Beautiful valentines! I love all the day to day life skills and dubbing of field trips. Can’t wait to hear how you like TOG. Getting your hands on it really helps with the ‘TOG fog’. I’d love to talk about it. Because I call myself the Tapestry cheerleader 🙂 Get well Kathryn! ~Tricia


LOVE the hearts! Beautiful garland! And I’ve already ordered most of my curriculum for NEXT year! LOL


It’s not to early to think about next year. I just placed an order for some of our stuff. Sorry, no experience with TOG. Thanks for sharing your week.


I’m on my second teenager learning to drive, but my father handled the first one so this is my first time as teacher…yes, it’s nerve racking lol. You are not the first person I have seen that is already planning next year! Still just trying to get through this year here lol. Hope your daughter feels better soon.

Janet W

Sounds like a good week (except for the tummy bug). I’ve had one driving for almost 2 years and I don’t know how I would get along without her now.
Janet W

Sherri Ward

At the beginning of the year I bought one unit of TOG and it was too overwhelming for me. However, it did keep me on track but it seemed like too much information crammed into one week before switching topics the next week. It is a smorgasboard so if you are a disciplined planner it will probably be great. I, however, need something all planned out for me. I switched programs after we finished the 10 week unit I purchased. Just my 2 cents.


The first year we homeschooled, I went to a conference the morning after I, too, had a stomach bug. One of the reasons I went was to visit the TOG booth in the exhibit hall. When I started talking to them, I almost passed out, and they had to get me a chair! I always wondered if that meant it was too complex for me…

Still, I browse the TOG site wistfully.

Annie Kate

Lovely heart garland. I hope your daughter felt well enough to go out after all!

I’m no where near ordering books for next year. Mind you, we’ve done all the grades now, and I’m hoping to order less each year. We’ll see how that goes, because the kids are, of course, different so we may need to get different books for them in some topics.

I hope no one else gets sick.

Annie Kate


What a week! Love the heart garland. I’m pretty sure I’m going to have to be the driving parent, because Himself bosses me when *I* drive (he’s a horrible passenger), so I shudder to think how that might affect a newbie. As for curriculum, I left our path for a few months, which ended up causing me great anxiety. Peace reigns (perhaps “rains” is a better choice here) now that we are back to Ambleside Online. And you can’t beat the price! I believe Barb (Harmony Art Mom) uses TOG, so you could pop over there to read how they… Read more »


Love that garland idea–thanks for sharing! Praying the tummy bug passes quickly (no pun intended) and leaves everyone else alone. ~K

Giggly Girls

Hope your little one is feeling better soon! There’s been a lot of that going around where we live. Thankfully not in our family. We rarely catch anything.

Thanks for sharing the story starters link. That looks like an awesome resource. And so timely, as I’m getting ready to start school shopping for next year. LOL


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