Anyway, our "holiday season" was extended this year due to my additional trip to California. So this week, I've still be playing things a bit by ear.
My goal is to sit down over the weekend and get a regular lesson plan in place for next week. The kids are looking forward to some normalcy, even though it means usually a little more work each day.
Over the month of December (with a little bit of November and January), we have still managed to pull in some fun and educational times. To name a few of them...
- We traveled the Turquoise Trail up to Santa Fe, making stops along the way in various locations (unfortunately most of them closed this time of year, but it was a good scouting trip for future field trips).
- We attended the local Veterans Day ceremony and met the mayor.
- We went to the aquarium and completed their educational scavenger hunt.
- H got x-rayed and we all got to examine the structure of his leg.
- We did a lot of baking (well, not me, but, C and the kids).
- We visited the Bosque del Apache in Socorro and discussed migration and other bird related things.
- We did several arts and crafts.
- We visited the International Museum of Folk Art in Santa Fe.
- We got a lot of exercise when we visited local parks and rode bikes outside.
- We visited several local Christmas festivities, one that included watching a brass band and a chorus of bells as they performed (separately).
- We served others when opportunities arose (making snowflakes for Sandy Elementary, serving in various ministries at church, supporting others while they were sick or upset).
- Everyone wrote their little personal evaluation about this year to include in our family's annual year book.
- We all received new technology and learned to use it!
- Dance classes went on, homeschooling classes at the library and other local field trips were attended by all.
- There were a lot of organizing, listing, budgeting and shopping lessons as usual this time of year.
- The kids performed in their annual performance for Christmas -- learned all those songs!
- We increased map skills and patience as we made a two-day trip to California and another two days traveling home.
- We had some good discussions about death and eternity surrounding my grandmother's passing.
- Kids learned to share the household load (better) while Mama was away.
It was a good change of pace and I think we all appreciated that.
Like I said, though, next week, we're going to try to get back into the rhythm of things.
Meanwhile, C decided to do the Paleo 30-day challenge starting this past Tuesday when I got home. I joined him in following Paleo much more strictly than I was over the holidays, to refresh my focus and perspective about eating well. It's going great. C is learning a lot (and doing great!) and because this is my second time, it's not as difficult to let go of the grains and sugars as it was the first few days of this challenge last time.
How has your new year begun?