Friday, January 23, 2015

7QTF - "Home" School

JANUARY 23, 2015
"What does love look like? It has the hands to help others. It has the feet to hasten to the poor and needy. It has eyes to see misery and want. It has the ears to hear the sighs and sorrows of men. That is what love looks like."
– St. Augustine

Today is a beautiful day in Fort Worth. It's 50 & sunny and we have a fire going... a) because we love a good fire and b) because it will be in the 30's later. So - we are enjoying the warmth it gives, saving our heater from running...


I don't link up with 7QTF very much, so I thought I'd join in.  You can find the linked up blogs over at This Ain't The Lyceum 


We ditched formal school today. HA However, I submit my seven reasons my homeschooler still got school in today! You're welcome... just in case you want to use them!

1) Analytical Thinking. We are working on a beautiful puzzle. And just in case you don't know, it is too school. Proof that Puzzles Are Good For Students!
Jigsaw puzzles are excellent brain training and co-ordination improvement tools and are quite fun! In particular, they develop your abilities to reason, analyze, sequence, deduce, logical thought processes and problem solving skills. These types of puzzles also improve hand-eye co-ordination and develop a good working sense of spatial arrangements. In schools and other training establishments, jigsaw puzzles are extensively used as learning aids.

st peters basilica

2) Science. We watched a Falcon stalk a song-bird in our bushes. Ok Ok - I was focused on the falcon. I ran to get our camera. And as I go to the window, it had launched from our tree, and plucked the little bird out of the bushes. Then my son called his daddy and proceeded to look Falcons up. We concluded it was a Falcon because it 1) ate a songbird and 2) killed it with his/her beak. (Hawks catch with talons). And voila - we have science.

3) Math. We are making bread. AND we doubled the recipe. Math that tastes good is always a plus. The Honey Wheat Bread from an old acquaintance never fails.

4) Culinary Arts. See bread above. AND toss in the shrimp, broccoli and pasta the student is cooking this evening.

5) Custodial Engineering. The boy is vacuuming as we speak. His bed is made. His playroom is reasonable.

6) P.E. Two miles on the treadmill and weight work when daddy gets home.

7) Reading. Two chapters of his book report book. He also answered questions. YAY.

Now, ya'll have a great rest of your day. And don't be afraid to have school in an unconventional way.

My bread is rising and it's almost time to bake.

Many blessings this weekend.



  1. Hey that's some schooling!! While it may not ALL be "formal," you guys certainly got more done than we did yesterday!!! I'm loving the culinary arts.custodial eng also....great ideas!
    What a gorgeous pic of St Peter's Basilica... and throw in "religion" on that list bc you were undoubtedly talking abt the faith while putting together the puzzle! (Frankly, I hate puzzles--word games too--they're painful.. good for you for tackling this with your son! )
    Thanks for the QT! I enjoy linking also and have not in quite some time!

    Enjoy the rest of your weekend. The fire sounds lovely too.


  2. Thanks so much Chris.
    We have been fighting a cold... and so we are stuffy (I think when it is 30 degrees one day and 70 the next, this is expected)... so we've been moving slowly with school. Hoping to get back on track this week.


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