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Thoughtworthy (School Planning, Site Redesign, Read Aloud, and MORE!)

July 19, 2019 by Brandy Vencel

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I’m knee-deep in school planning. Sometimes, it feels more like neck-deep. I’ve made a lot of decisions this week … which means I’m exhausted. On the bright side, that puts me a number of steps further in the planning process since these decisions have to be made before I can take real action in the form of printing pages, gathering supplies, or scheduling.

It’s my last school year with all my birds in the nest, something of which I am keenly aware. Trying to make space for one final go-round of field trips.

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I’m doing a complete redesign of the site! My current design is apparently not mobile-friendly enough, so I’ve decided to redecorate. I’m mainly telling you this so you don’t freak out at some future point in time when you show up and don’t recognize the place. It might seem unfamiliar, but it’ll actually be the same old stuff and, frankly, I’m getting excited about it. ♥

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This week in reading aloud, we finished The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Prisoner’s Dilemma by Trenton Lee Stewart during our summer morning Circle Time. It was a good book, but not a great book — frankly, my least favorite in the series. The world Steward built wasn’t really a magical world and so the introduction of ESP (yes, really) wasn’t just unexpected; it felt unfitting.

We replaced this book with A Chameleon, a Boy, and a Quest by J.A. Myhre. I can’t give you a review yet because we literally just started it, but I have high hopes for it for sure. I bought the whole series, so we’ll be spending some time with Myhre this summer.

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This month in 2017:

These rules are especially helpful when you have very young gifted kids.

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Today is the LAST DAY to buy the Flourish Charlotte Mason Homeschool Annual Review! Make sure you remind your friends if they have been meaning to grab it because it’s going away until November.

Flourish is all about pausing before your plan — taking the time to really look at your children and your homeschool. Think of it like making a nature journal entry — the act of slowing down, really looking, and making the entry gives you wisdom you wouldn’t have otherwise had. That’s how Flourish works. It doesn’t give you insight as much as help you create the conditions in which needed insight can be gained.

Click here to get Flourish.

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3 Comments

  • Reply Brittany L July 21, 2019 at 5:51 pm

    Timothy recently finished Stewart’s newest book and didn’t like it very well. I wonder if his quality is declining.

    • Reply Brandy Vencel July 21, 2019 at 6:00 pm

      Oh, interesting! O. said he read The Education of Nicholas Benedict and it wasn’t his favorite. He called it “okay.”

  • Reply Mama Rachael July 19, 2019 at 11:14 am

    I’ve gotten ideas for side bars for our site from yours. I’ll have to check out on a mobile 😀

    Myhre’s books are a lot of fun! I read all 3 last month. I think I liked boy and chameleon best, but I also enjoyed the other two. All 3 were the sort of story that gets you thinking about purpose of your life and other deep questions.

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