We've deviated one more week away from Heart of Dakota. I'm in a season of life where I'm trying to heal physically from not just 1, but 2 major surgeries within a year. This second one wasn't as major as the first back at Christmas except that it occurred so soon after the first. As a result my iron levels are low...crazy low! I now know why I have had hardly strength, energy, or focus. I'm told I have another 3 weeks before I'll start feeling better, but I'm on an iron supplement and adding in lots of iron-rich foods into my diet. I also have lots of dear friends praying I'll feel more energized and more like myself even before the doctors think I will!
As a result our homeschooling has been modified slightly. My daughters take classes specifically for homeschoolers so science is covered for me. Since we spent a few days at Colonial Williamsburg I figured history could be put on hold for a week too! So this week we focused mainly on mathematics and language arts. I am grateful for the flexibility which homeschooling allows. My girls are already ahead in all of their subjects anyway so taking it easy isn't a big deal for us.
Grace mostly focused on her reading lessons even though she also did a lot of work-book pages. I now have several on hand that she can just work through at her leisure since I can't keep this girl satisfied with what I plan for her lessons.
Beth read one of my favorite books from my own childhood this week, Wagon Wheels, about a family who goes west and starts a new life. I remember seeing this on Reading Rainbow. My parents would write down all the books at the end and we'd immediately head off to the library to see how many we could find! Beth loved this story and it was so great sharing it with her again!
Rose is reading a wonderful book called A Little Maid from Virginia which has been a stretching read for her. It was written in the early part of the 20th century so the vocabulary and style are very different from what she is used to. I do encourage her to read anything she wants any other time of the day, but I like to give her literature like this as I think ahead to the types of books I want her to be reading in a few years. Since I do plan for Jane Austen and Mark Twain to enter into our world eventually this has been excellent preparation.
Mrs. Kate Carpenter! She is a personal friend of ours and my girls love her music. Take a minute to check her out and look forward to a post about her concert next week!