October is over, whaaat?
That was one crazy month. Even though we didn’t have a particularly heavy schedule life seemed busy.
What have we been up to in October:
-We had guests: D’s godfather and his wife came to visit and spent nearly a week with us. We were so happy to see them and their visit gave us the longed-for opportunity to take a small break in our studies.
-I received kids’ MAPS test scores and was pleasantly surprised to see how well kids did, especially C. who tested as a third grader (to have her sip the grade was a spontaneous decision and I am still questioning it from time to time), D. did wonderfully, but he almost always does, good job to both of them.
-Studies at home went well for the most part. We hardly had time for much besides core subjects for some reason, I am glad kids take science and history at co-op, this way at least there they got their electives covered. They did lots of art on their own. But that would be my major goal to get beyond core in November.
-C. had her choir camp, D. was working very hard in Concert Choir and helped his friends there learn a song in Russian. They sound really good, can’t wait to hear them at the concert as well.
-We all got through a stomach bug, that makes it two times we got sick this school year. Something needs to be done.
-The weather was gorgeous, we got to see some amazing colors. The trees are getting bare now and we are ready (well, almost ready) for winter.
First week of November was loaded with things to do and thoughts to process:
-C. is heading to her first karate tournament next week, so she’s working very hard on learning her forms and practicing sparring. D. is going too, but it’s his 10th, so he’s more relaxed this time around.
-We went to Denver Art Museum
-Just a handful of practices remains for choir before the big concert. Looking forward to that a lot.
–I finally opened my Etsy store, YAAAAY! I have put a few cards out already, so come and check it out.
What my kids read in October:
C. read “The Invention of Hugo Cabret” by Brian Selznick and it took her all month to get through the book, but she loved it
The Archer’s Goon by Diana Wynne Jones,
Call of the Wild by Jack London, and
From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg
There were also tons of re-reads, which I didn’t keep track of.
Across the Universe Trilogy by Beth Revis. I read quite a bit of Young Adult novels this year, not just because they’re fun, but also to add to D’s “to be read” pile, this trilogy, although it was fast-paced and interesting read will have to wait for a couple of years.
Plans for November:
We have A LOT going on outside of home. I will need to try and balance it out so our school at home doesn’t suffer. But personally, I hope to reach the level of calm that will support me throughout the winter months.The past weeks were anything but calm, there was anxiety, there were struggles with children and general uneasiness about certain matters. Health wasn’t the best either, especially for kids. I crave the sense of calm and simplicity, so I will work on that this month. I am already preparing for our December celebrations and hopefully will make an advent calendar slowly instead of at the last minute like past years.