Scribe Tribe Week 1

Scribe Tribe is an after school writing group.  I want to instill in the kids the fun of writing “God Stuff”.  Our first week was creating a gratitude journal and then the expectation is that the kids will write 3 things each week that they are grateful for.  I love the idea from Ann @ A Holy Experience.

This week we will talk about St. Theresa–her feast day is Monday, October 1st.  She was a writer so that fits in with our theme.  We will talk about adoration and the meditations–Gretchen O’Connor and I trade-off writing them–I want to emphasize that writing can be important even when you are an adult.  We will be writing prayers this week.

Next week we will talk about St. Francis–his feast day is on Thursday October 4th.  I may do a St. Francis craft.

My intention is to update this joyful learning website with information about Scribe Tribe–I will send out an email reminding the kids to bring journal to class.  I want to offer this curriculum to any parent/teacher that wishes to use it.

Be Blessed.


Homeschool Linkup #4

In my life this week . . . taking time to reflect on how important life really is.

In our homeschool this week…we researched turtles a little more and the girls figured out what kind of an indoor winter garden we need to plant–so they have “fresh” food for the winter.

Helpful homeschooling tips or advice to share… what works for one kid may (probably won’t) work for another!

I am inspired by… Sarah.

My favorite thing this week was… taking an afternoon off to sit under the electric blanket and read and be read to!  I love when the kids read to me.

What’s working/not working for us… staying up late.

Questions/thoughts I have… wondering if I’ll get this sweater finished before next summer.

Things I’m working on…  my first 2 classes at the school went well 🙂

I’m reading… a new Kindle book–Finding Educational Activities in the Most Unexpected Places by Angie Kauffman.

I’m cooking…meals for the freezer.

I’m grateful for… life.

I’m praying for… Chris–a Mom of 3 who died on Saturday night.  I pray that her family has peace and understanding.

A photo, video, link, or quote to share…  our St. Francis dolls!

I’m linking up with Mother’s Journal

St. Francis “dolls”

In our house we love animals–I’ve always had a pet–my entire life–not to mention the bird feeders, butterfly gardens and bat houses.  You get the idea–so St. Francis is naturally a favorite saint in our house.

This year in homeschooling I wanted a more hands on approach to the saints so we are going to make saint “dolls”–I’ll be making dolls as the year goes along.

How cute is St. Francis?

of course they had to have a play!

standing Francis . . . one out of fabric scraps and yarn

Homeschool Journal Link up!

In my life this week . . . taking time to reflect on how important life really is.

In our homeschool this week…we started book reports this week and made a turtle habitat.  I’ll post pictures of that next week–it is very cool.

Helpful homeschooling tips or advice to share… enjoy the gift of time with your kids.
I am inspired by… St. Therese of the Little way–I wrote an adoration meditation for kids and it really made me stop and think–it’s not the big things but the little things that we do over and over, and over . . .
My favorite thing this week was… making homemade ice cream.
What’s working/not working for us… it is not working to have just one shower for six people–waiting patiently for the other shower to be fixed and thanking God that we have the resources to pay for it.
Questions/thoughts I have… I’m wishing that we could have a dog!
Things I’m working on…  I’m starting a book club and a writing club, scribe tribe, at our Parish school–could it be the beginnings of a coop?????
I’m reading… a stack of books from the library about knitting
I’m cooking… getting ready for all my favorite fall foods.

I’m grateful for… a safe business trip for my husband–I missed him.
I’m praying for… Chris–a Mom of 3 who has been in the hospital for a week now.
A photo, video, link, or quote to share…  my kids love the Target breakfast breads and this is the latest flavor.

our breakfast all week long

Love Languages: Acts of Service

This is my last post on the book by Gary Chapman–Love Languages.  There are five love languages quality time,  gifts, words of affirmation, physical touch, and now Acts of Service.

I love Acts of Service–that is what I grew up providing and that is how I found acceptance and love from my Mom.  Twisted and not quite right but still.  I was valued by the quality of the “service” that I provided.  So I work really hard to please by doing.  So since my  childhood experience was distorted it has taken me a very long time to fully understand what the Acts of Service really is . . . as an adult who has worked through some issues.

An Act of Service is serving God by serving others.  The service will be different for different people.  My wonderful husband brings me coffee on Saturday morning.  The only morning that I have to lounge until around 7!!!  I joyfully give my mother-in-law food rubs, that she loves.

For my kids I have provided Acts of Service since their  very first moments but as they get older I do different special things for my different kids.  I want my kids to know that I serve God by serving them–that is actually a “house rule”.  So these are some of the ways that I offer acts of service to my children (and the other children that I work with):

  1. Help them complete and assignment or a chore.  My son is now responsible for loading and unloading the dishwasher–but sometimes either my husband or I will help him as we talk through homework or a life lesson.
  2. I fill the water bottles each day for the kids–so they know that they will start out with a full water bottle and they will need to refill.  Because I did the first part–they gladly refill.  That makes my life easier.
  3. My oldest daughter washes and dries the clothes (a blessing to me) and I sort, fold and have the kids put away their clothes.  They know we are moving to the point where they do their own laundry so they acknowledge this gift.
  4. Making their favorite cake on their birthday, and their favorite dinner, and getting them balloons.   They are very grateful for the splurge.
  5. Tying shoes, stopping what I’m doing to find a toy . . .
  6. When I go to the library I look for a book they might like.
  7. I sit and listen when they play their music–I give them 100% attention.  Stopping and giving them center stage is a way to let them know you value their playing.
  8. Getting up early to cook the cinnamon rolls.
  9. Making a bubble bath and then reading to the kids while they are in the tub.
  10. I try to make time for each kid each day and connect in some way, double checking backpacks together, or in homeschooling reading the instructions when I don’t really need to.

It was hard to come up with Acts of Service for kids–it is much easier to show my husband . . .

  1. Putting a book on his Kindle without him asking me.
  2. Putting a new app on his phone .
  3. Putting an almond croissant in his lunch box.
  4. Sending him a text telling him how much he means to me.
  5. Picking up his dry-cleaning when I know he is having a busy week–even though it is out of my way.
  6. Making his favorite dinner and using his favorite plate (we have a few from his Grandma).
  7. Starting the shower for him in the morning.
  8. Giving him a foot rub without him asking.
  9. Make sure the house is not crazy when he walks in each night.
  10. Creating a loving home that is his refuge (that’s my favorite thing!).

Be Blessed as you discover your own ways to show love through acts of service.

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Mother’s Homeschool Journal (#2)

  • In my life this week… I jumped through hoops of fire for my son to be able to go to the school that suits him best and get the services he needs . . .
  • In our homeschool this week… the girls have decided on the schedule of Fridays off  if they finish ALL school by Thursday–so they worked extra hard and were done by Wednesday.  A deal is a deal–so next week I will monitor just how many pages of each subject they are doing.
  • Helpful homeschooling tips or advice to share… if you aren’t on pinterest–start–I found lots of totally cool Lego/math fusion that was very exciting for my little guy!  (feel free to follow me–renee baude or is it joyful mom, or joyfulmombaude . . . too many logins and passwords in my life)
  • I am inspired by… my garden–it grows and thrives despite my neglect.
  • Places we’re going and people we’re seeing… we had a very special playdate today and we will have another on Monday.
  • My favorite thing this week was… listening to my big girl play the keyboard with her new sustain pedal–it was beautiful.
  • What’s working/not working for us… getting to bed by 7:30, me reading nightly again (it has been too long) and lights out at 8:00.
  • Questions/thoughts I have… I wish that I would have started blogging sooner.
  • Things I’m working on…  I’m starting a book club and a writing club, scribe tribe, at our Parish school–could it be the beginnings of a coop?????
  • I’m reading… The 10 habits of Happy Mothers–chapter 4.  (for the Mom’s group)
  • I’m cooking… or not cooking.  Soup in the crock pot, BLT’s and clearing out the freezer.
  • I’m grateful for… my husband for so many reasons–I love you.
  • I’m praying for… all of the families that have been affected by 9/11.
  • A photo, video, link, or quote to share… the girls have been giving me flowers almost every day . . .





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