Cold Winter Days Were Made for Reading

The high temperatures in Maine this week have been in the single digits.  Brrrrr.  We’ve done most of our at-home schoolwork near the gas stove.

Working by the Stove

Though we don’t love this kind of weather we remembered to be thankful we live in much more comfort than Laura Ingalls did in The Long Winter.

In our homeschool this week…

  • We celebrated Marlin Luther King, Jr. using suggestions from Mary at Homegrown Learners.  The Netflix documentary was fabulous and I highly recommend it for all ages.
  • Both kids were able to complete their full week of individual work for the first time since before Christmas!  Between the holidays and then illnesses we’d had such odd schedules.  This week the basics (reading, writing, arithmetic) were done and done well each day.  That was a good feeling.

The rest of our learning was all about reading aloud.  Quality literature is always our base, and subzero temperatures make for perfect reading time.

Cold Winter Days were made for Reading

Places we went and people we saw…

Though the cold temperatures made me want to hibernate we had a lot of places to go this week.

  • Daddy took the kids on a radio station tour that turned out to not be as technical as my kids were hoping for.
  • For my daughter’s book club they attended a talk by author Jennifer Richard Jacobson.  It was full of great information about being a writer, and how even as a professional author you have to make lots of revisions.
  • Our homeschool geography club meeting was about Russia.  My son presented on the volcanoes in Russia and its location on The Ring of Fire.  My daughter shared about Matryoshka dolls.
  • We paid a visit to the orthodontist.  Good news–no one needs braces right now!  My pocketbook heaved a sigh of relief.

Things I’m working on…

I’m trying to gather and organize everything to send off to my accountant to prepare our personal and business taxes.  Anyone else out there buried in paperwork?

Thank you to the wonderful hostesses with link-ups on Fridays. Be sure to join the fun and see what other homeschoolers are up to!

10 Responses to Cold Winter Days Were Made for Reading

  • That fire looks divine! Love all the reading. I wish we could just do that all day every day.

  • It sounds like it was a great week, even though it was COLD! Thanks for all the great links to books. I’m a bit of a bookaholic. We have way too many and more on our wish list!

  • Oh, I’m so hoping for a break from these miserably low temperatures! A couple of days ago our high was 1 degree! 1! Ugh! I’m glad we’re “warm” today at 20 degrees! The kids have bundled up and gone out a couple of times already today. I think they were ready for some sun and fresh air! But yeah, it IS good for lots of cuddle up reading together time!

  • Mary says:

    I absolutely love your homeschool!!

    We listened to The Cricket in Times Square on audio this week – I read it to my daughter when she was little, and now it was my son’s chance to soak it in. What a great book.

    I love all of your book suggestions, Heidi!
    Stay warm, and have a great weekend!

  • We had below-zero and single-digit weather all week too here in Minnesota, and we managed to at least “hibernate” inside Monday thru Wednesday, before having to go out for co-op on Thurs. and guitar lessons on Friday. :-) I agree that it is the perfect time to curl up and read…my kids were more in the mood for crafts and games this week but we snuggled up for a little bit of extra reading. :-)

  • I have a 1st and 4th grader also and it looks like we’re using some of the same curriculum. It is fun to run into others who are homeschooling and have a similar situation. I’ll have to stop by again. Have a good weekend!

    • Heidi says:

      I’m glad you visited and do hope you’ll come again! It is nice to connect with other homeschoolers with similar styles and ages.

  • Mary says:

    I don’t know why, but pictures of books always make me giddy! Looks like a good week for you :)

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Hi, I'm Heidi and I homeschool my two sweet kids. I want them to know that learning is an exciting lifelong adventure! We love great books, unit studies, notebooking, lapbooking, and hands-on learning.
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