The Simple Woman’s Daybook ~ February 9

Here is my Daybook entry for today ~

Outside my window. . .A gray, rainy morning has turned into a clearing one with the sun just starting to peek out. A high in the 70’s today promises a beautiful afternoon.
I am thinking. . .about gift ideas for my sweet Valentines.
From the learning room. . .we will be revisiting “A New Coat for Anna” this week, as we ended up just working the basics last week. Our Bible lesson will be on 1 Corinthians 13:8 “Love never fails”, and I will probably be adding in a few simple Valentine crafts along the way.
I am thankful for. . .a fun and relaxing Sunday yesterday.
From the kitchen. . .Catalina Chicken for dinner tonight with rice and green beans. Dessert? – hmmm. . . maybe some of those yummy Snickerdoodles.
I am wearing. . .a white t-shirt and navy sweats.
I am creating. . .new chore charts for all of us to start today.
I am going. . .to have to get off the computer if I want to get anything done today!
I am reading. . .“Morning and Evening” by Charles Spurgeon.
I am hoping. . .that I can follow my new homecleaning schedule this week.
I am hearing. . .David singing the “Blue’s Clues” theme song in his own special way, “Veggietales” dvd playing on the tv, Tommy and Sarah discussing math problems.
Around the house. . .David has dumped several board games all over the floor in the dining room, there are an innumerable number of little toys on the floor in the living room, laundry is high and calling, and I don’t even want to mention the dishes in the kitchen – just a normal day around our house!
One of my favorite things. . .the peace of God that passes all understanding.
A few plans for the rest of the week. . .basketball, making Valentine surprises, cook and deliver a meal to friends with a new baby, Stamp Club, deliver Valentine baskets to children in the hospital with the girls and our Keepers Club, dinner out with Jeff.
Here is a picture thought I am sharing. . .


To read more Daybook entries, please visit Peggy at The Simple Woman’s Daybook, and have a lovely day!



4 Responses

  1. Bleautiful picture and how sweet to cook for a friend.

  2. Nancy,

    I noticed that you do FIAR. I used to do it with my older kids when they were little. I still have all of the books, but I no longer have the teacher’s manual. The activities you are doing with each book…are they your ideas or are they in the teacher’s manual? Also, what ages are you doing it with? I was thinking of doing it again with my daughters who are 8 and 9. I wonder if they are too old?

  3. Hi Cindy!

    We love FIAR around here! Most of the activities I plan are right out of the book – many of them are just discussions prompted by the teacher’s manual, while others are actual hands-on-activities suggested in the manual. Many times when I am planning the activities for the week, I will think up an activity of my own that fits in, or will have an idea that will send me to one of my project books on the shelf or hunting the internet. I would say that it is a mixture of both, but most of the week is coming from the manual. I really like all of the information that is in the teacher’s manual, already researched by Jane Claire.

    Right now I am doing FIAR with my 7, 10 and 11 year olds. I was concerned that it would be too young for the older ones, based on the ages it was geared toward, but then I thought about the wealth of information that is pulled out of the books and decided that, for us anyway, it is quite appropriate throughout the elementary years. Next year Tommy will be a 7th grader and I will not be using it with him anymore, or I may have him work in Beyond FIAR independently – I’m not sure yet.

    My children have loved doing FIAR – they have such wonderful memories of some of the books that we have “rowed”. It is my favorite style of teaching – natural and relaxed with wonderful children’s books.

    I hope this helps! I’ll be happy to answer any more questions you may have.


  4. Nancy,

    Thanks for that information. I think my kids would love it. Like I said, I did it a little when my older ones were young, but I didn’t have the time to really delve into the books.

    Just curious….what do you do for your basic subjects like math, grammar, etc? Does FIAR count for your history and science?


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