January 21, 2010

Week 40 of 52

Forever In Blue Jeans


I've accepted Carin's challenge, as a Mom, to get back into the picture. The idea is that once a week you take a picture of yourself. Give the camera to your hubby, the kids, the grocer. Who cares? Just pass it off and say, "Cheese." It's that simple. If you'd like you can post your picture on your blog. You can let me know you posted so I can check out your pics. You can check out my previous weeks or Click the button below to add your name to the Linky and take a look at all the others. If you want start fresh for 2010, Carin has a new challenge, "Shoot Me!" Check it out on her blog at Forever in Blue Jeans.

Here is a funny one that Allen took while Kaitlin and I were both working on the computer.

This is our busiest time of the year for school. We work from 8 until about 4 every day. We do double days during this time so that we can call it quits by the beginning of May when the weather turns nice and we want to turn our attention to the outdoors. This has worked well for us the last 8 years and knowing they can put their books away earlier than most kids motivates them to work diligently.

Teaching Emma math.

We have moved our school to the basement where we can be warm by the wood stove. This works well for Elisabeth, too, so she can hang out in the play room while we work. The basement is a disaster of books, manipulatives and projects in the works from Monday to Friday. On Friday afternoon we tidy it up and put everything away so we can enjoy the game room and family room through the weekend.

Reading practice with Aedan.

When Allen is home I make a big breakfast and we all sit down together. When he is traveling, though, I like to get right down to business. We put muffins, fruit, juice and fixins for tea and cocoa on the buffet as well as a kettle of water on the wood stove. Then everyone helps them selves to breakfast while we work. The kids have dubbed this the break room.

And there you have it. A busy home school week in Wachter world.

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17 comments :

  1. Looks like a great place for school. Nice shots of all of you.

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  2. I wish I had half the patience you have! I'm sure homeschooling is such a great experience for you and your kids!

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  3. I applaud you for being so organized. As a 'teacher', a mom and a wife. We are just getting our toes wet with home schooling this year.. I know it's WELL worth it, but it certainly is NOT the easy way out :)

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  4. YOu are such a great mom! Love the shot of the 2 of you on the computer! And good for you for being so organized!

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  5. I think it's so wonderful that you homeschool,I need the courage to do that with my 8yr old and 3yr old who would start pre k in August but I hate the thought of that idea!

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  6. Wow you are so organized and together. Great pictures!

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  7. That actually looks like fun!

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  8. wow i love how you are so hands-on with your kids! great job indeed!

    u may view mine here

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  9. You are an inspiring Mom! Love how you train and disciplines them.

    Hope you can Shoot Me a visit. Have a nice day!

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  10. I am so glad you shared this post. You really are an inspiration and you deserve a huge pat on the back! The work you do is amazing. that first picture is so neat, you are mirrored images almost. Again, thanks for being an inspiration!

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  11. I have got to tell ya...I never thought I would say this, but I miss homeschooling when the kids were younger. I only have one left and he is 17 (a junior). He/we do most of his schoolwork on the computer, now. I miss the younger years as I look at your post. Those were such sweet years with them...growing mold on oranges for a science project, etc.
    Hugs and prayers, andrea

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  12. Great pictures. I love the one of you and Kaitlin...so cute how you both have your hands up. What a great idea to double up on the hours so that you are free in May. So smart.

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  13. The first photo is my favorite - a sign of the times.

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  14. What great pictures!
    And I am so impressed with your breakfast bar. It looks so nice!!
    Great job!

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  15. Ooh! I've never thought of a breakfast bar! That would make the mornings happen more smoothly. I love the photo of the two of you on laptops...too funny!

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  16. Your breakfast looks awesome. We always have breakfast, too... couldn't start a day without it, but it never looks like hotel breakfast bar.

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  17. Is that you in those pictures? You look amazing for a mother of seven who homeschools her own kids! I'm sure I would look frazzled and half dead. haha. Love the blog.

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