A weekend away at a Mum Heart Conference
gave me a refreshing start to this week. And a wedding at the end of the week on the Friday was a lovely finish.
The downside was getting some stitches on my nose in the middle of the week. A couple of anaesthetic needles shoved into your nose is not fun and neither is walking around with a pressure dressing on the centre of your face.
The Mum Heart Conference is based on Sally Clarkson\’s Mom\’s Heart in the USA but the Aussie version focuses on homeschooling mothers.
I\’d forgotten how encouraging it is to be around other people who share a similar vision on the heart of education – discipling our children, teaching them virtue, nurturing their souls.
I didn\’t realise how thirsty I was for fellow travellers and it did me good to see so many young women just beginning this journey with their children and to meet up again unexpectedly with friends I hadn\’t seen for years, not to mention making new ones.
Not everything got done this week but when that happens I take note of what was missed and make it a priority the next week.
Here are some things we did do:
Plutarch\’s Life of Timoleon
– we completed this and Moozle wrote a funeral speech for him because of course he died at the end:
Shakespeare\’s All\’s Well That Ends Well -we also finished this play. Benj did a written narration after we listened and read along with the audio each week. I didn\’t see it until the play was finished but it was around 13 pages – so I won\’t post it here.
We have one more week of Term 2 using my modified version of Ambleside Online Year 4 which is going well. I\’ve added How Did We Find Out About Vitamins? by Isaac Asimov to our Science reading this term. There is quite detailed information in this book but Asimov\’s writing is very accessible and he brings the subject alive. It\’s out of print but I\’ve picked up his books at library sales, ebay & Abebooks.
She has been going through some of the Jungle Doctor books by Australian author Paul White this past week. A few of my children really loved his medical missionary stories based in Africa.
Helping Dad put new locks on the windows…
The Last of the Mohicans by James Fennimore Cooper – a great classic; starts slowly and is a bit of a challenge reading-wise but very worthwhile.
The Four Feathers
by A.E.W. Mason – my friend, Kathy, is an old movie officiando. I\’m not, but she tells me about these obscure movies she loves and then I try to find the book they were based on. This book has been filmed several times but it\’s taken me a long time to find a copy and then it was only online. The University of Adelaide
is an old book lover\’s paradise and they keep adding new titles to their website. Their Kindle versions
are so well done and I found the book there. Written in 1902, The Four Feathers
is the story of a young man redeeming his character from the charge of cowardice. Benj\’s comment – \”It\’s good. You should read it.\” I haven\’t yet.
Jensen\’s Format Writing is a book I\’ve used with one Benj\’s older brothers and it seems a good fit for Benj. Well, I gave him a choice between this, the AO Year 10 selections and Wordsmith Craftsman, which I also have. He liked the look of Jensen\’s best, plus he preferred to use a book rather than an online programme.
He\’s done a fair bit of Grammar in the past and is covering that in Latin also but I wanted to keep it fresh in his mind. One of my girls tutored first and second year students at university and a major problem for many of them was their lack of grammar skills. This series of books is good for an overview or for picking up problem areas and they only take a few minutes. Benj is only doing a page a week. The answer key is in the back.
I\’ll end with a quote that was read at the wedding we attended that I thought was a wonderful choice.
Love as distinct from ‘being in love’ is not merely a feeling. It is a deep unity, maintained by the will and deliberately strengthened by habit; reinforced by the grace which both partners receive from God. They can have this love for each other even at those moments when they do not like each other; as you love yourself even when you do not like yourself. ‘Being in love’ first moved them to promise fidelity: the quieter love enables them to keep the promise. It is on this love that the engine of marriage is run: being in love was the explosion that started it.