"Thought breeds thought; children familiar with great thoughts take as naturally to thinking for themselves as the well-nourished body takes to growing; and we must bear in mind that growth, physical, intellectual, moral, spiritual, is the sole end of education." ~ Charlotte Mason

Friday, February 1, 2013

Weekly Wrap Up: Time lines & More Poetry Tea Time

This week was a series of ups and downs.  I highly suspect cabin fever as the cause.  A friend of mine reminded me that we tend to get the homeschool blah's around the last week of January, first week of February.  The weather has been so dark, the sun noticeably absent, it's also been raining a fair amount so my very active kids have been home bound for a bit.  They each have evening activities they participate in, ball hockey, youth group and girls club but they miss the out doors and are looking forward to bike rides and park play dates that will come with the spring. :)  So we combated the grumpies at times but all in all the week ended well.    

Our week started out with the power lines on our street being out for a bit while they worked on them.  It was quite dark as it was overcast and raining outside so we lit some candles and did our work by candle light! They actually thought that was really neat, it was a nice way to start off the week. hehe  


I put up our Political Canada Map on the table top this week and covered it with a clear heavy gauge plastic.    This will make it easier to refer to historical events when we read about them during our history time.  I will also be using the map as a visual reminder to pray for our country and the leaders of our country, including the Prime Minster, Provincial Premiers, party leaders and so forth.  We'll use the book The Power of a Praying Nation, to help guide our prayers for our country.  

We have delved into some explores this week: Jacques Cartier and Samuel de Champlain.  We've been using Donna Ward's All Inclusive Canadian History Bundle to help us out with our studies.  The two books we used this week:  The Kids Book of Canadian History and The Kids Book of Canadian Exploration are wonderful books, with great illustrations and just enough information to give the kids a complete picture of historical events.

The kids have been using the time line in Courage and Conquest to help keep Canada's historical events in order.  They have been colouring the pictures and gluing them into their Canadian History Sketch/Notebooks.  
Graham working on his historical time line

Heather working on her historical time line
 Poetry Tea Time

I did not plan on doing Poetry Tea Time this week but my daughter asked me if she could set it all up and do it herself as a surprise for her siblings.  I could not refuse such initiative so I let her have it!  She prepared the table all herself.  We had a great time and it was a pleasure to end the day this way!  If you are interested in reading more about what we do and the poetry we read during this time see my post:  Poetry Tea Time.

The table Heather set up for our tea!
We are nearly finished our read a loud The Bronze Bow!  It's been a wonderful book, the kids love it. My 11 year old took it to her room during quiet reading time and finished it off but I still needed to read it to Graham.  I am looking forward to our Book Club on Monday and will post a review and the activities we did on Monday. :)  Book Club is one of the highlights of our month.

I hope you had a great week, and a wonderful weekend.

~ Cindy

This post is linked up with Weird Unsocalized Homeschooler's Weekly Wrap Up & HammockTracks!

Join in the fun and post your own weekly wrap up, a good way to finish off the week.


  1. This poetry tea time sound very intriguing. I will check it out. Please consider adding this post to my end of the week link up, Its a Wrap. -Savannah www.hammocktracks.com

    1. Thank you! I will hop over and take a look at your blog! :)

  2. I love that they worked by candlelight. Sounds fun! Great idea with the map too!

    1. Thank you! Yes, it was fun to work by candlelight, they felt like they were 'way back then'. lol


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