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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


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…

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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The Homeschool Mother’s Journal


The Homeschool Mother's Journal

 

In my life this week…

Things have been relatively quiet and calm.

I’ve been working on reviews and getting school done with the children.  I’ve figured up our finish dates and our new school year will start the first full week of June.

In our homeschool this week…

We’re pretty much caught up from last week’s busyness and we are doing school today, Friday, which is usually not how we do things but we have some stuff that we need to do and I don’t want to carry over to next week.

I’ve decided with hubby’s approval that we will do year round school next year and our current curricula will all be finished by April – I wrote about this yesterday.  I’m excited to do year round school.  I also like knowing that while real schools only finish 25 to 50% of curricula (at least that was how it was when I was in school) we will have completed 100% of our math, science, history/geography, Latin, Spanish,grammar and writing.

My favorite thing this week was…

Making the decision to do year round school.

The 4H adviser training – I was dreading it but it was very informative.

I’m reading…

The Holy Bible

Sherman: The Ruthless Victor by Agostino Von Hassell

Peril by Suzanne Hartmann

Unhallowed Ground by Mel Starr

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

This is my middle and youngest asleep in the van after a karate class for my son.  I thought it was cute how they fell toward each other.  Sorry for the graininess.

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The Homeschool Mother's Journal


The Homeschool Mother's Journal

In my life this week…

I’ve finally decided to bite the bullet about a health issue I’ve been dealing with for a few years, but which my first GI doctor couldn’t find a reason/cause but just kept wanting to give me medications.  I’ve found a new GI doctor and am scheduled for the end of the month.  Praying for a reason and that it can be fixed without medication.

In our homeschool this week…

We didn’t stay on task much this week, with a field trip to a Bison Farm and just having an ‘off’ week we didn’t get everything I wanted to do, done, but we did get quite a bit finished – like math and science.  I’ve also found that by telling my 7 year old, 2nd grader that she only has 1/2 an hour to finish her math lesson there is much less whining and crying over it especially now that she knows she can work independently and finish it in less than a 1/2 hour.

Helpful homeschooling tips or advice to share…

Let it go.  Yep, let it go.  So you planned a worksheet, activity or whatever but didn’t get to it.  Let it go.  I’m slowly learning this.  Unless it’s something that is a real necessity, analyze this carefully, is that unit wrap up no point quiz really worth it?  Probably not.  Don’t try to play catch up with something that doesn’t matter.  The work we didn’t get to, I was going to role into this coming week’s work, but I’m not – I won’t do that to myself or to my children.  I’m not saying skip math or a whole science unit, but one or two or even three worksheets isn’t going to make or break the school week or even the whole school year.  Let it go!  Doesn’t that feel better?

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

I’d have to say the organic Bison farm.  I’m very inspired by the fact that there are those who have switched to Bison meat and have gone off all heart and cholesterol meds!  The Bison is a beautiful animal and I’ve tasted their meat and it’s got a clean taste, including not leaving a greasy residue in your mouth like a hamburger.

My favorite thing this week was…

The Bison farm – the children enjoyed it as well, and Christian managed to find and was allowed to keep a very beautiful chicken feather.

I’m reading…

Put Your Heart in Your Mouth by Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride MD

How Do We Know the Bible Is True? by Ken Ham and Bodie Hodge

An Amish Christmas by Cynthia Keller

Educating the Whole Hearted Child by Clay and Sally Clarkson

Along Wooded Paths by Tricia Goyer

finished Waking Hours by Lisa Wiehl

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

Some road side fall foliage – isn’t it beautiful?

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The Homeschool Mother's Journal


The Homeschool Mother's Journal

In my life this week:

Nothing, well not really but I don’t feel like I’ve accomplished much either on the diet side of things or the exercising.  I think this is my time of year where I start to feel a little blah and we can’t go outside because of lots and lots of rain so we’re pretty much cooped up.

In our homeschool this week:

We’re still pretty much on track except for a couple things that we need to go back and re-explore for Botany just because I didn’t feel like making the clay for the flower and we also need to start growing something, anything in our light hut.

What’s working/not working for us:

I’m awaiting a new phonics program that I hope will make things easier for my 5 year old son who really wants to learn to read but had issues with another reading/phonics program.  Otherwise everything else is working great and I’m phasing in Five In A Row for my son as well.

Helpful homeschooling tips or advice to share…

Don’t listen.  Yep, ignore people.  I know some people mean well and just don’t know how to say things nicely but when it comes to my educating my children I tend to ignore those who want to critique and bemoan things that I or my children are doing wrong.  We homeschool.  Get over it!  Okay, vent over!

I’m reading:

Put Your Heart in Your Mouth by Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride MD

How Do We Know the Bible Is True? by Ken Ham and Bodie Hodge

Raising a Daughter After God’s Own Heart by Elizabeth George

Weddings and Wasabi by Camy Tang

I’m praying for:

My children and my husband.

My family (mom, brother’s, dad, aunts, uncles, inlaws): that they will both come to know and have a personal relationship with the Lord.

For myself that in the near future I will find a family friendly ministry where my children and I can be the hands and feet of Christ.

Also for all of us to get into a family centered, Bible only church soon!

A video to share:

Click on the link below to watch my son in his karate learning how to spar.  It’s quite amusing – he is the littlest in the back with blonde hair.

Karate

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The Homeschool Mother's Journal:


The Homeschool Mother's Journal

In our homeschool this week:

We just finished up our 3rd week of school, we started on August 1st.  So far we’ve managed to stay on track even with doctor appointments and my birthday.

My favorite thing this week was:

Seeing how much my children are learning and growing.  I’m working on being a more intentional mom – thanks to the books I’m reading and the Lord working on my heart.  We also visited my friend’s church on Sunday and it was such a wonderful experience, so friendly and Biblical.  The children and I also enjoyed our hike in a nearby forest.

Things I’m working on:

I’m brainstorming ways to make learning to read easy for my 5 year old son.  We’re also working on ideas for Christmas gifts – I’d like to do a cross stitch angel wall hanging for my mother-in-law, probably something to do with OSU for my dad and my father-in-law.

I’m reading:

How to Have a H.E.A.R.T For Your Kids by Rachael Carson

Give Them Grace: Dazzling Your Kids with the Love of Jesus by Elyse M. Fitzpatrick and Jessica Thompson

The Bobbsey Twins of Lakeport by Laura Lee Hope (we’ve since learned this is 1) not the original title 2) the author is a pseudonym)

A photo, video, link or quote to share:

“It is easier to build a boy than to mend a man.”  Author unknown  Christian Quotes

 

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The Homeschool Mother's Journal **Summer Edition**


The Homeschool Mother's Journal

 

In my life this week…

We’ve been working feverishly on finishing up my oldest’s very first real 4H project.  The last three years she’s been a Cloverbud, and she’s finally made it to the regular 4H’ers.  She took Guinea Pig and Discovering 4H but the only project that got done was the Guinea Pig.  She’ll do Discovering 4H next year and a second year of Guinea Pig.

My favorite thing this week was…

Seeing Hannah really get into the 4H thing – it’s amazing how much she learns by doing 4H.

Things I’m working on…

Getting ready for 4H judging and Cloverbud show and tell as well as getting ready to begin our school year on August 1st.

I’m reading…

What am I not reading?  LOL  Right now I’ve got The Ministry of Motherhood by Sally Clarkson on my Kindle, The Missionary by William Carmichael and David Lambert (real physical book), and Saints Preserved: An Encylopedia of Relics by Thomas J. Craughwell.  I just finished Already Compromised by Ken Ham and need to get into Money Secrets of the Amish by Lorilee Craker

I’m cooking…

Not much it’s been way too hot here in Ohio to turn on stove or oven.  Lots of crock pot next week 🙂

I’m grateful for…

Having a van that runs – even if it has some rust and no A/C at least it’s reliable.

I’m praying for…

A fellow homeschooling family whose husband/dad isn’t well and my friend who lost her FIL last week.

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

My dad holding my 3rd child, Christian, during our children’s dedication service. 

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The Homeschool Mother's Journal: Week 15


The Homeschool Mother's Journal
In my life this week…
I’ve been striving to stay on track and get some subjects finished before we have our assessment at the end of May.  I’m also striving to work on my attitude and my habit of yelling and becoming bent out of shape.

In our homeschool this week…

We are working on finishing up our study on composer Edward MacDowell and the lapbook as well as focusing on math, science and Mystery of History.

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

Doctor’s.  My oldest had her check up with the ENT and it was decided she’ll need to go in next week to have her right ear tube removed as the dr is concerned it will perforate her ear drum resulting in hearing loss.  Her left ear tube has fallen out and is laying in the canal and her hearing is fine in the left ear.

My favorite thing this week was…

Going to church as a family with our children in the pews with us.  Also coming to the realization that I don’t have to finish every single page and every single lesson in the girl’s math curriculum.

What’s working/not working for us…

Saxon Math is not working for my 6 year old, the last few weeks have ended in tears and frustration for us both so now I’m leaning towards using Rod and Staff for her 2nd grade math.  I’ve already bought the workbooks for Saxon 2 so I’m not sure how we’ll get this worked out unless I can find the teacher’s manuals to borrow and find a way to cheaply purchase the workbooks, until we’re sure it’ll be a better fit.  We are continuing on with Saxon Math for my oldest though as she does enjoy it.

Homeschool questions/thoughts I have…

Mainly needing to find Rod and Staff Grade 2 teacher’s manuals/unused workbooks to borrow and maybe purchase if it fits for my 6 year old.

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

A picture of the sky on Resurrection Sunday before yet another storm hit us.  Ohio has been having an unusual amount of rain this year and lots of flooding and tornados already.  I love stormy skies though.

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