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The Homeschool Mother’s Journal – September 7, 2013


 

In my life this week:

 

I’ve been busy!  I had to take my youngest in for a bump he’s had since August to have it lanced as it was getting bigger and had something brown in it.  The doctor lanced it and it looks much better!  I also met with a friend to give her the Thirty One hostess packet.  I tried to sew on my girls’ American Heritage Girls badges but my machine acted up so my friend said she’d sew them on for me.  We also had our zoo field trip on Friday, this was the biggest I had ever organized with over 125 people – the zoo ticket person was shocked when I handed him all the money.  Hannah also started back into her Christian Worship Dance II.

 

In our homeschool this week:

 

We got most of our work done with the exception of our America the Beautiful activities for 2 lessons and our reading of Sign of the Beaver, and the girls need to take their Spanish quiz.  I’m happy with the way things have gone thus far, we are also almost done with our Swimming Creatures book.

 

Helpful homeschooling tips or advice to share:

 

Don’t date your planners – it will only lead to frustration and a sense that you are falling behind.

 

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

 

Well Hannah went to her dance class and of course with the huge field trip to the zoo we saw lots of people this week, including the doctor.

 

My favorite thing this week was:

 

Hmmmm…..knowing how close we are to finishing up Swimming Creatures and taking a break from science until after Hannah’s surgery.  The Zoo field trip.

 

My kiddos favorite thing this week was:

 

All three enjoyed the zoo and my oldest would say getting back to dance class.

 

Things I’m working on:

 

Still working on getting caught up on my book reviews.

 

I’m cooking:

 

I haven’t done a lot of cooking this week – but I’m going to work on a menu this week and try to get back to healthier cooking.

 

I’m grateful for:

 

That most everyone was patient yesterday during the process of checking in and collecting money for the field trip.

 

I’m praying for:

 

My prayer life has been lacking lately, unfortunately – but I’m definitely praying for a good pre-pre-op meeting with the doctor on Wednesday.

 

I rewarded my children this week by:

 

Even though I had two that didn’t deserved to be rewarded, they went on the zoo field trip because I was the one in charge.

 

A photo to share:

 

This is just a small sampling of everyone who joined in at the field trip on Friday. The line goes almost all the way back to that tent top in the back.

 

 

 

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The Homeschool Mother’s Journal June 1, 2012


 

 

In Our Homeschool This Week:

 

Well we completed week 3!!!!  I’m so excited this means we will have one month under our belts by next week :D  The children really did a lot and I let Hannah skip most of her review lessons in math and just go straight to the first test and for fun I graded her test and she got a high B.  We are studying insects in our Apologia Zoology I.  Bethanne is memorizing The Sanctus which is a prayer in Latin and it’s so pretty.  Christian has entered the world of addition and he is excited, next week we’ll start phonics.

 

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

 

We didn’t go a lot of places since dance classes are on summer break, and Awana is over until September.  Christian did go to his karate classes and we are contemplating having him take a break in July.  Today we are going to COSI which is a children’s science museum with lots and lots to do, with some friends.

 

My favorite thing this week was:

 

Well, a lot – I got a lot of books read and reviews cranked out.

 

Christian beginning his addition.

 

I’m Reading:

 

Life of Andrew Jackson edited by John S. Jenkins, A.M.

 

Growing Up Ziglar by Julie Ziglar Norman

 

The Wings of Morning by Murray Pura

 

Nephilim Remnants by David A. Henderson

 

A Photo to share:

 

The rose I was given at the restaurant when my family took me out for Mother’s Day. Isn’t it purty?

 

 

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The Homeschool Mother’s Journal 5/26/12


In Our Homeschool This Week:

The girls had their dance recital/concert this past Sunday, it was very hot, 91 degrees.  We all had to be there at 12:30 for dress rehearsal then the actual show was at 4:00p.m.  Thankfully I got to watch their rehearsal because once the show got started I ended up suffering from heat exhuastion, my pulse was racing at 120 and I felt so ill.

The girls also had their last dance classes of the year.  They are going to do a week long summer dance camp, but classes are done until September.  Christian only had 1 karate class this week, and we also had Awana awards.

We just finished our 2nd week of school!  All three children are really keeping the pace and doing well – I’m hoping to add in my 3rd grader’s reading, all 3 Spanish this coming week.

Places we’re Going and People we’re Seeing:

Well dance class, recital, karate and Awana.  We also saw the lady at OrPro and got Hannah’s new brace – she’s been out of it for almost two months – we see the dr in July for more x-rays.

My favorite thing this week was:

Seeing my 7 year old remember the first part of her Latin Prayer, The Sanctus.

Seeing my 5 year old enjoy and begging to do school.  I need to add in his phonics so we can work on reading.

Seeing my 10 year old help her siblings when needed with their school work.

Things I’m Working On:

Figuring in Spanish, reading and phonics into our lesson plans.

Reading and getting caught up on reviews.

Trying to stay cool in this summer like heat.

I’m reading:

Life of Andrew Jackson edited by John S. Jenkins, A.M.

Raising Your Kids to Love the Lord by Dave Stone

Why Church Matters by Joshua Harris

Great for God by David Shibley

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

The children’s lincoln log creation – I think it was Hannah and Christian’s collaboration.

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The Homeschool Mother’s Journal 5/18


In my life this week…

It’s been emotional, but it’s also very personal so I won’t share.  We found our our dog’s tumor is not cancer but we did discover that she seems to be having seizures so we are putting her on phenobarbital to see if that helps – as we can’t have her constantly urinating on our furniture :(

In our homeschool this week…

Nothing, like last week, nothing got done.

My favorite thing this week was…

Stepping into a new realm of being a mom.

I’m reading…

The Beautiful Disciplines by Martin Saunders

Launch Out Into the Deep by Acacia Beumer

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

My oldest daughter put her brother in the box that our new dresser came in and then made him stand up and try to walk.

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The Homeschool Mother’s Journal


 

In my life this week…

In one word, crazy!  Last Saturday our dog, Sadie, quit eating and drinking so on Monday I took her to a vet and he found a mass in her abdomen – he wanted to do surgery ASAP – we made the decision to go ahead and put her down, as we didn’t want to put her through a surgery that we weren’t sure would save her and the cost was also out of our ‘budget’.  I called the Animal Welfare League, where we adopted Sadie in November, to see if we could bury her out there.  The AWL wanted us to go to another vet for a 2nd opinion – I told her we just shelled out X amount of money for the first – she said not to worry about it they would cover it!  So we rushed to the other vet who did more x-rays and they could see a mass on her spleen (it was about the size of a baseball).  The vet wanted to keep her overnight so they could rehydrate her since she hadn’t drank since Saturday.  The vet then did an u/s on Tuesday which gave them a better picture of what was going on – the mass was pressing on her liver, stomach and diaphragm – so after the AWL called me and told me to allow the surgery and they were footing the entire bill – I called the vet and said do it.  We went in and visited  with Sadie and about 1:30 in the afternoon on Tuesday I received a call saying  that Sadie came through great, the mass and spleen were removed without issue.  We picked her up on Wednesday.  We are still waiting the results of the mass – whether it was a bruise or a cancer.  She is recovering nicely and doing well.

 

Yesterday, I took a trip myself to the ER.  I have been having severe jaw pain that comes and goes and only affects the left side of my face.  I’ve seen dentist after dentist, had my tooth filed down, had sensitivity stuff put on it, had fillings I didn’t need, etc all to no avail.  It was bad yesterday, going into my neck, into my head and behind my eye.  I felt like I was going to explode.  DH took me to the ER – where I was given no pain meds – none – nada – for the 3 plus hours I was there I laid in pain with blinding lights overhead and nothing for the pain.  The dr never examined me, the PA only looked at my tooth and ruled I was suffering from TMJ.  I was asked by the nurse if I was intimately active (hubby is sitting next to me in the room!), the PA then had the gall to ask if I was pregnant (after already telling the nurse I was on my cycle) when I told him no he then asked me nastily how I could know for sure?  I told him that I was on my cycle.  I’m going to be writing a letter regarding the lack of care I received.  The PA then told me to go to my family dr (another copay) and have her send me to an ENT (another copay).  I was then discharged with a scrip for prescription strength Ibuprofen.  I felt that they totally downplayed my symptoms and treated me as if I was a drug seeking patient.  My husband and my mom want me to see a neurologist and not a ENT  -  so I’ll be checking on that route as I do not believe this is TMJ.

 

Hannah was also measured for her new scoli brace – hopefully we will have it in a couple weeks and hopefully the two months out of it hasn’t blew up in our faces :(

 

In our homeschool this week…

 

Nothing.  The children did one lesson of math and I did read through one lesson of MOH but between the dog issue and mine school just didn’t happen and that is one reason I’m glad we homeschool and do it year round.

 

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

 

Dance, martial arts, OrPro, the vet, grandparents

 

I’m reading…

 

Beyond Hope’s Valley by Tricia Goyer

The Beautiful Disciplines by Martin Saunders

High Treason by Samuel Oakes

 

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

 

I couldn’t choose just one:

 

The clover bouquet that was made for me by my daughter, Bethanne and my son, Christian.

 

My mom dropped some items off that she won in a raffle – most were for the children, a game, coloring stuff, DVD’s however she also surprised me with Blue Lagoon print from Vera Bradley, a new purse and a new wallet :) Thank you mom.

 

This is Sadie, post-op, the cone is no longer standard so we had to put a shirt on her to keep her from licking her incision. The children found it quite comical. She knows how to take it off as well LOL

 

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The Homeschool Mother’s Journal


 

In My Life This Week:

 

I’ve been getting my children started in their first week of the 2012-2013 school year!  Also trying to get caught up on laundry and dishes.  My oldest finished her 2nd T&T book in Awana and my middle only has 1 section left in her last Sparks book!

 

In Our Homeschool This Week:

 

We finished our first week of school!  This is my first year in having to account for all three of my children.  I must say I was a little nervous at first, “how am I going to school all 3?”, but I must say it’s gone pretty smoothly.  With my oldest doing almost all her work independently and my middle daughter trying her best to be independent too it’s worked out well, so far.

 

Helpful Homeschooling Tips or Advice To Share:

 

Take it one day at a time.  That may sound redundant but it’s true – if I had looked at all the stuff to do this week besides just each day’s – the week probably wouldn’t have gone as smoothly as it did.  Focus on Monday on Monday, Tuesday on Tuesday, etc and if something doesn’t get done – let it go!

 

Places We’re Going and People We’re Seeing:

 

The usual, dance classes, martial arts and Awana.

 

Things I’m Working On:

 

Hannah was given some new skirts but I need to hem them before she can wear them, I can do the denim but I’m needing to find someone who can work with stretchy fabric for the other.  Also needing to find some prairie outfits for the girls as they are going to go to the local one room schoolhouse in a couple weeks.

 

I’m Reading:

 

A Walk Through the Mall by Wade J. Carey

 

Yeshua by G.P. Taylor

 

Beyond Hope’s Valley by Tricia Goyer

 

A Picture to Share:

 

After the heat we’ve been having – I’m looking forward to the beautiful colors and cooler temps of autumn again.

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The Homeschool Mother’s Journal


The Homeschool Mother's Journal

 

In my life this week…

 

I’ve been doing lesson plans since I’ve decided we’ll be starting school the week of April 30th.  I’ve also been working on 4H stuff and getting reviews written.

 

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

 

We went to dance classes, and martial arts but the highlight was the circus that we enjoyed on Saturday!

 

My favorite thing this week was…

 

The circus – and the neat thing is their train is parked less than a minute from our house :)

 

Things I’m working on…

 

Doing some reading, and lesson plans.

 

I’m reading…

 

A Walk Through the Mall by Wade J. Carey and Michael E. Pfeil

 

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

 

All five of us when we went to the Creation Museum on 4/18/12

 

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The Homeschool Mother’s Journal – We are finished!


The Homeschool Mother's Journal

 

In my life this week…

 

We finished the 2011-2012 school year, actually my oldest finished last Friday and my middle finished on Monday.  I had our portfolio assessment on Tuesday, using a new teacher, but it went well.  Then we left for our short, 3 day, vacation to Kentucky on Wednesday.

 

In our homeschool this week…

 

I guess that is the same answer as the above!

 

I am inspired by…

 

By a friend who has decided to pull her son out of the private school they’ve been using and start homeschooling for the next school year – he’ll be in 5th grade.  She’s inspiring because it’s few people who would step out in such faith and know that her son is better off at home.

 

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

 

The girls got their dance classes in, son got one of his martial arts lessons in, we saw the teacher who did the girls portfolio assessment, then we went off to the Creation Museum, Loveland Castle AKA Chateau LaRoche, Egyptian Mini Golf, Fort Ancient as well as some new restaurants.

 

My favorite thing this week was…

 

Having school wrapped up before going on vacation!

 

I’m reading…

 

A Walk Through the Mall by Wade J. Carey and Michael E. Pfeil

No, We Can’t:  Radical Islam, Militant Secularism and the Myth of Coexistence by Robert Stearns

The Forgiven Duke by Jamie Carie

still working on finishing:

Trained in the Fear of God by Randy Stinson

Satan, you can’t have my marriage by Iris Delgado

 

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

 

All three of my children playing in a sand box at a garden day. It was a fun and memorable time.

 

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The Homeschool Mother’s Journal


The Homeschool Mother's Journal

 

In my life this week…

I’m still dealing with the fractured foot – it started feeling better so I decided to leave it unwrapped and leave the CAM walker off – well I paid for that dearly as my whole foot and ankle swelled up.  So I’m back in it – it took it’s toll walking at the children’s museum we went to – it’s very tiring to walk in the boot.  I’ve also had to start putting laundry out on a makeshift clothes line as our dryer is going out and can only handle the small amount of unmentionables.  This is okay but it is time consuming and I also have to be sure to not get stung by the bees and wasps that seem to want to buzz over my head.

In our homeschool this week…

The girls only have about 20 lessons of math left so I’ve decided to let them do one lesson a day up until the week before we go on vacation when they’ll do two so we can be officially done with school before we go.  Hannah is finishing her last couple lessons for Writing Tales and Bethanne is plugging along with Latin.  We spent Friday at a children’s museum.

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

Monday we skipped Hannah’s CWDI class as she had a migraine, Tuesday was Bethanne’s ballet and Tuesday and Thursday was Christian’s martial arts, and Wednesday we finally made it back to AWANA.  Friday we met a new lady, who is such a sweet godly woman and her 7 year old son whom my son quickly took to and he took to Christian.

My favorite thing this week was…

Meeting a new friend and her son.

I’m reading…

Sixty Acres and a Bride by Regina Jennings

Cursing the Church or Helping It?  Exposing the Spirit of Balaam by Anna M. Aquino

The Heart’s Frontier by Lori Copeland and Virginia Smith

Simple Secrets to a Happy Life by Luci Swindoll

No, We Can’t Radical Islam, Militant Secularism and the Myth of Coexistence by Robert Stearns

I’m grateful for…

I was blessed this past week with a surprise payment in my paypal – I was paid for doing some reviews – this allowed me to buy the math curriculum and the art curricula I needed for two of my children, I already have the other one.  Also I was able to purchase Mystery of History Volume 3 and the companion CD-ROM for our history next year.   This was such a blessing as we had to shell out money for DH’s car when the starter went out and I was worrying about how we were going to be able to get the curricula I needed for June.  God was definitely blessing us.

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

An Agouti at the children's museum we went to on Friday.

An Agouti eating a piece of fruit. My oldest likes them as they resemble a guinea pig, however, they are not in the cavy family.

 

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The Homeschool Mother’s Journal


The Homeschool Mother's Journal

 

In my life this week…

Doing catch up again – I’ve had several reviews to do and it feels like I’ve done no personal blogging at all!  We also had dr visits, my middle daughter had a bad case of conjunctivitis so we had to go to urgent care as her dr couldn’t see her and I was leery in letting it go since the drainage was green.  Had my recheck for my fracture and it’s still fractured so it’s re-wrapped (and driving my crazy with itching so it may come off today) and I’m still wearing the boot thing.  Then had to take Penny, the guinea pig in, her skin condition is ‘cured’ but she also developed conjunctivitis – the vet assured me DD didn’t get it from her as it’s not supposed to be able to jump species.

On the plus side it’s been warm, and by warm I mean almost into the low 80′s!  The other day DH and I were joking that we needed to put the a/c in as it is also humid, which is doing crazy things to our sinuses and of course giving me migraines.  The children have been able to get out and play though which is great for them and me.  They’ve enjoyed riding their plasma car up and down the sidewalk and their swing set.

In our homeschool this week…

We are down to two subjects!!!!  Bethanne has math and Latin and Hannah has math and Writing Tales.  We didn’t do any Writing Tales this week as she had a story to write from last week, but with only like 4 lessons left I’m not worried.  I’m trying to get with the school principal who has done our assessments for the last several years so I can get scheduled and get the assessments done for this year.

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

Hannah had her CWD class, Christian made it to one of his two karate classes, but we refrained from Tuesday’s karate and ballet and Wednesday AWANA due to the pink eye since we didn’t want to spread it around.  Saw the podiatrist and vet as well and on Saturday Hannah will be taking a sand art painting class where she’ll learn a new technique, get to see a friend and hopefully make some more.

My favorite thing this week was…

Finding out that my podiatrist is the oldest of 7 children and his mom homeschooled some of his siblings!

Things I’m working on…

Catching up on blog posts, trying to find a hotel for our mini-vacation, lesson planning for next year and I’m needing to do some sewing but with the boot thing I can’t :(

I’m reading…

No, We Can’t Radical Islam, Militant Secularism and the Myth of Coexistence by Robert Stearns

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

This is the daffodil my oldest daughter picked out for me the other and finally bloomed.

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