Category Archives: Homeschool Mother’s Journal

Homeschool Mother’s Journal w/e May 21st, 2011


In my life this week…

Spent a lot of time waiting at our rental properties for people who made appointments and then never showed up.  Soooo frustrating!

Went over to a new friends house while my oldest son taught her oldest the beginning of learning to trade Forex.  We had fun playing Bananagrams and talking about homeschooling and homesteading.

In our homeschool this week…

Still slow.  Math, reading and planning for next year.  Wanting to change directions on how we proceed, especially with my youngest.  The last 2 years with me working several days a week necessitated lots of textbooks and workbooks.  That seems to work OK for him, but I see an attitude of “let me conquer this so I can get on with what I really want to do.”  Working on the heart, both of ours, is where I desire to journey

Places we’re going and people we’re seeing…

We’re going to attend a Project Appleseed weekend starting tomorrow.  Interested to see how it goes.  I’ve heard a lot of good things about it.

My favorite thing this week was…

Got some really good news this week.  Not gonna tell though until it’s for sure!   And no, I’m not pregnant.

What’s working/not working for us…

Finally figured out to take a book with me while waiting for potential tenants.  That way I didn’t feel like my time was so wasted.  Still want to make my going out days less.  Seems like I’m out everyday, and that’s not what I want.

Homeschool questions/thoughts I have…

Trying to plan/figure out my oldest’s curriculum/plan for Fine Arts.  Not his favorite thing, so he’s not too thrilled.  Want to make it not too overwhelming, but still High School Level.  He wants to do some drawing, and thinking of integrating some art appreciation.  Decisions, decisions!

A photo, video, link, or quote to share…

“To allow oneself to be carried away by a multitude of conflicting concerns, to surrender to too many demands, to commit oneself to too many projects, to want to help everyone in everything, is to succumb to the violence of our times.”
— Thomas Merton


Homeschool Mother’s Journal w/e May 14th, 2011


In my life this week…

Busy busy week.  Participated in 2 homeschool curriculum sales.  Pricing, taking to the venue, picking up. Went to work this week as a “consultant”, but it wasn’t too bad since I got to see several of my fellow homeschool moms while they visited their chiropractor:)

In our homeschool this week…

Oldest still barrelling through his Pre-Calc.  Getting started on putting together next years schedule and making final decisions on curriculum.  Was hoping to find some of what we needed at the curriculum sales, but between the 2 of them I spent $1.00.  On a reading book.  There is one more in a few weeks, we’ll see if that one is possibly more fruitful.

Places we’re going and people we’re seeing…

Was quite the social butterfly.  Was able to see many friends I hadn’t seen in awhile at the books sales.  Between just moving back to the county within the last year, and not being a part of a formal group since I was working 3 days a week, I’ve been out of the loop.
Between shopping at the 2nd booksale and needing to pick up my unsold items, I was able to spend time at a new friends house.  They had chickens hatching and at least 10 in the brooder, they were so adorable!  So wish I could take them home with me.  Alas, I live next door to the secretary of the Homeowner’s Association and the president lives behind him, diagonal from me.  Would be hard to get around that. 

My favorite thing this week was…

Watching the chicks hatch:)

What’s working/not working for us…

Finally getting into a routine, but need to go to bed earlier and get up earlier.

Homeschool questions/thoughts I have…

Seriously considering using Workboxes with my youngest son.  I think it would help him accomplish more.

A photo, video, link, or quote to share…

This really spoke to me.  I am so ungrateful for the simple things.

Homeschool Mother’s Journal w/e April 30, 2011


In my life this week…

My husband “fired” me this week.  I work entirely on a consulting basis.  Finding my niche back here at home, working on a schedule, so I don’t wander around the house trying to figure out what to do next…

In our homeschool this week…

Math for oldest and youngest.  Working at scheduling less time for TV and computer for youngest.  Starting to work on next year’s schedule and perusing VegSource daily to fill in my curriculum gaps.

Places we’re going and people we’re seeing…

Met with two of my fellow homeschooling moms to discuss the medical sharing plans, Medi-Share, Christian Healthcare and Samaritan.  After all that, I think we as a family are leaning toward a HSA.  But if we were going with a medical sharing plan, I know what direction we’d go.  Had so much fun just hanging out with “mom time” also!   

My favorite thing this week was…

Being able to finally say I’m a SAHM again.  When I started to work for hubby outside the home, we thought it would only be for 6-9 months.  It ended up being a little over 2 years.  So so grateful….

What’s working/not working for us…

I really need to get up earlier.  Just like that warm bed way too much:(

Homeschool questions/thoughts I have…

So thankful to still be able to homeschool, especially over the last 2 years.  So strange to think that a year from now my oldest will probably be graduating, whoa!

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My youngest with 2 of his favorite things: his dog and a book!


Homeschool Mother’s Journal w/e April 23, 2011


In my life this week…

Organized my office this week.  Major undertaking.  So much paper, soooo much filing.  I have a love/hate relationship with paper.  Paperwork, forms, taxes, etc. drive me batty.  So I hate trees, which make paper.  But I love books, also made of paper, so I guess they can stay:)

In our homeschool this week…

A pretty slow week.  A little math, a little reading.

Places we’re going and people we’re seeing…

Slow week socially, but needing to stick around the house and get caught up was worth it.  Next week showing to be a little more active.

My favorite thing this week was…

The King’s Speech came out on DVD this week.  Love that movie!

What’s working/not working for us…

I need to figure out a way to get the boys (kids and hubby) to turn their socks right side out before they place them in the hamper.   I turn them right side out after washing, only to find grass, dirt and dog hair still attached to the bottom.  Urrgh!

Homeschool questions/thoughts I have…

Thinking of ideas to simplify school.  If I could only have 2-3 resources per subject, what would I pick?

A photo, video, link, or quote to share…

Really enjoyed this post from Life in a Shoe about how she teaches history:)

Homeschool Mother’s Journal – w/e 4/16/11

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In my life this week…

Working at organizing and purging unnecessaries from our house.  Only worked one day this week. 

In our homeschool this week…

The boys are continuing their work on their math.  Wondering if it’s worth trying to force them to slow down.  I’m thinking not, as long as they understand the concepts.  Still trying to get youngest to understand that taking time to actually understand the concept does not mean he’s stupid.

Places we’re going and people we’re seeing…

My oldest got to spend some time with one of his best friends.  So thankful that God has seen fit to bring good, edifying friends to my boys.  Seems like it took awhile, but it was worth the wait.

My favorite thing this week was…

Being able to be home, and begin to settle my heart here once again.

What’s working/not working for us…

I really need to work on having a weekly menu and buy accordingly.  Not having adequate food in the house to pull together a quick lunch is not good.

Homeschool questions/thoughts I have…

My oldest is going so quickly through his Pre-Calculus, I’m considering whether to add Calculus.  Considering maybe just having a Calculus resource, but not make it a curriculum or required.  Any thoughts?

A photo, video, link, or quote to share…

This post from Frank Viola’s Blog really resonated with me this week.

Homeschool Mother’s Journal #2

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In my life this week…

Ended up working 2 days this week instead of 1.  I have had a very bad attitude about it.  My yuckiness has definitely risen to the surface, and it’s ugly.

In our homeschool this week…

Both boys are done with their “official” year.   Oldest is working on a new blog and an online business idea and then plans on doing summer school so he can graduate a year early.  Youngest continues with math and with reading.

Places we’re going and people we’re seeing…

Didn’t go anyplace special this week.  Work and errands. 

My favorite thing this week was…

I heard a kitty being mauled by an animal this week late in the night.  Thought it was my kitty.  Hubby, oldest ds and dog went out to investigate and try to find the animal.  Cat showed up unscathed about 45 min. into the ordeal.  Horrible for the other cat, but so glad it wasn’t him.  Proud of hubby and ds for being protectors.

What’s working/not working for us…

My attitude, not working.

Homeschool questions/thoughts I have…

How did I get old enough to not have elementary age kids?????

A photo, video, link, or quote to share…

My still alive kitty, Gideon.


Homeschool Mother’s Journal

In My Life This Week...

We’ve finally gotten over the flu, that was a doozy.  Somehow someway I managed to not get it, for which I’m extremely grateful.
In our homeschool this week…

We’re finishing up quite a bit of our curriculum this week.  Youngest is starting his next math level, gotta keep him busy.

Places we’re going and people we’re seeing…

Youngest’s birthday party we had to reschedule due to the flu is tomorrow.  Strange to have a party 10 days after his actual birthday.  But the weather is beautiful tomorrow, and they’ll be able to swim:)

My favorite thing this week was…

This is my second to last 2 day workweek.  5 weeks until I’m a SAHM again!

What’s working/not working for us…

I’ve really got to get a responsibility/chore schedule together.  My plan is to implement this once I’m home full-time again.

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Homeschool questions/thoughts I have…

Can’t believe we’re finishing up our 9th year, and that next year I won’t have any elementary age kids.  I’m too young for this to be!  Or maybe not…

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“…we must not be surprised if we are in for a rough time.  When a man turns to Christ and seems to be getting on pretty well (in the sense that some of his bad habits are now corrected), he often feels that it would now be nature if things went fairly smoothly.  When troubles come along – illnesses, money troubles, new kinds of temptation – he is disappointed.  These things, he feels, might have been necessary to rouse him and make him repent in his bad old days: but why no?  Because God is forcing him on, or up, to a higher level; putting him into situations where he will have to be very much braver, or more patient, or more loving, than he ever dreamed of being before.  It seems to us all unnecessary; but that is because we have not had the slightest notion of what the tremendous thing He means to make of us.”

-C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity