August in Review

Toward the end of each month, I post a review of my goals, what I'm currently reading, a homeschool update (NEW this month!), as well as other tidbits of information. I hope you like these monthly posts. Let me know if you'd like to see other information in this roundup!

August Goals

I currently don't have any major goals. I've simply been taking a little breather when it comes to big goals. You can read more about my heart behind this re-evaluation here. I did get to sit down and make new goals last month though, which I'm super excited about. I'm going to share them with you later this week.

I did, however, make some August goals in the meantime. Here's how I did on them:
  • Daily: Pray for my husband | I accomplished this goal every day!
  • Daily: Up by 7:30 am | I made progress here, so I'm going to celebrate! The past week has been harder, but I'm ready to try again this week. It's a new week afterall. 
  • Daily: Read a book during the day | I did strong at the beginning of the month and it sort of fell to the side the second half of the month. This could also be because I'm reaching the end of the book and don't want it to end.
  • Daily: Read with my little kids | This was a struggle this month.
  • Weekly: Do something to declutter or organize our school room | I did this goal each week and I'm loving the status of our school room as we enter our new year.
  • Weekly: Do something to prepare for our new school year | I accomplished this goal each week as well. I feel pretty confident in my preparation.
  • Weekly: Do something from our summer bucket list | We did something most weeks and finished our list!!! You can read more about that here.
  • Weekly: Read to the kids | I met this goal half of the time. But when I did accomplish this goal, it triggered more reading. It's just the act of sitting down and doing it. We did add Poetry Tea Time to our weekly rhythm, but I don't really count that here. I'm more thinking of our current read-aloud chapter book.
  • Monthly: Plan my co-op class | I finished planning my class this past weekend. I'm really excited about it! It's a class called Midnight on the Moon based off of the Magic Tree House book by the same title.
  • Monthly: Create our new school rhythm | I accomplished this one, and I even already shared it with you here.

Currently Reading

  • Boundaries | Haven't listened to this one much this past month.
  • The Brave Learner | I'm still reading along in this book. Taking it slow and steady. 
  • Grumpy Mom Takes a Holiday | I'm finishing this one up. I did enjoy it, however, I was taken aback by how often the author references The Message paraphrase. This is just a preference for me. 
  • The Ministry of Ordinary Places | I started this book this month. I'm really enjoying it so far.
  • Mama Needs a Reboot | It looks like this isn't available anymore. But I snagged it on Kindle a while ago. Enjoying it so far, although I was hoping it would be more about decluttering.

Homeschool News

  • New Science Curriculum for 7th-Grade | I mentioned in our curriculum post that I hadn't really decided what to do yet with our 7th-grade student for science. She's going to tag along with the 2nd-graders, but she also needed more. I was really hoping to outsource additional science work for Jazmine. But alas, that did not happen. I just couldn't find a good fit. Looking over My Father's World's recommendations, I did order Apologia's General Science course. I'm hoping this will be mostly independent work. But we will see.
  • Extra Reading Help for 2nd-Grade | I decided to add Reading Pathways to our 2nd-grader students' workload. This comes recommended for struggling readers. I'm excited to see how it works out.

My Favorite Things

  • EveryDollar App. I love how this app has helped us get control of our finances. We've been using it for about two years and it truly has been a huge help! This year we were able to start our snowball and are really beginning to see the momentum of paying down debt!
  • The Cultivate Your Life podcast. This is longer than my normal tendency in terms of podcast length. But they are such an inspiration!
  • Our two-week school break. We just finished up a two-week break from school in between our summer schedule and our new school year. It has been glorious! We've had a lot of fun and truly enjoyed the extra freedom of not having to do school. But! I am ready to dive back into our normal rhythm.

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