Weekly Wrap-Up: The One with the New Book

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Check it out! It’s the last Friday of January. We’ve survived our whole first month back to school after Christmas break. I read on someone’s blog this week that they look at the start of January something like the beginning of a new school year after that long Christmas break.

That’s really how it’s felt for us, especially this year since we started a totally new curriculum when we resumed in January. And it’s been a great “new” school year!

Today has been really fun. We managed to stay caught up, so it was to be a light school day for us. That’s good because Josh’s best friend’s dad, from whom we bought the drums for Christmas, came over to give Josh his first semi-official drum lesson.

Then, later, one of my closest friends came over to help Brianna sew a cloak she’s been wanting to make for weeks. She bought the material with her Christmas money, but I know nothing – nothing – about sewing.

So, we’ve had music lessons and home ec today. It’s been electives day. It’s really been great. It feels like just the sort of relaxed, following-their-interests kind of homeschooling day that I often envision, but which doesn’t – at least at my house – always come to pass.

You may notice the lack of photos in today’s post. {sigh} I have completely fallen off the Project 365 wagon this week. I have felt so uninspired. I’m not giving up, though. I guess it’s really not a true Project 365, but I’m going to endeavor to do better next week.

My lack of interest in photography may be directly related to the fact that I have been totally engrossed in a new book that came in the mail on Tuesday. I reviewed (and loved) the first book, Fairer Than Morning, by author Roslynn Elliott, so I jumped at the chance to review the sequel, Sweeter Than Birdsong.

I loved it! I read it in three days…it would have been two if I could have held my eyes open a little longer last night. I’ll post the review soon, but if you don’t want to wait, I highly recommend it.

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Kris Bales is a newly-retired homeschool mom and the quirky, Christ-following, painfully honest founder (and former owner) of Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers. She has a pretty serious addiction to sweet tea and Words with Friends. Kris and her husband of over 30 years are parents to three amazing homeschool grads. They share their home with three dogs, two cats, a ball python, a bearded dragon, and seven birds.

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  1. Love the thought of being cozied up with a book heading into the weekend! And I also love a day of electives.

  2. Drum lessons and sewing a cloak?! Can I come be homeschooled at your house please? You can read a book to review – you won't even know I'm there…..

  3. C'mon over! 😉 Just don't expect every day to be like that. This was just one of those rare days where everything fell into place…and we even managed to get some core work done, too. It's was one of those ideal homeschool days that don't seem to happen often enough.

  4. A new book can do that to you. I wouldn't allow myself to read during the day when my kiddos were really little- I was afraid I'd forget to feed them! I'll have to check out those titles if they are that engrossing. 

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