Monday, January 24, 2011

The Homeschool Mother’s Journal - 1

I’ve had so many homeschool-related blog posts running around in my head and no time to sit down and post them. :(  Here I am, a homeschool mom whose job is homeschool-related and I can’t find the time to write about it on my blog. 

So, this morning, when I saw the Homeschool Mother’s Journal pop up on a blog in my Google Reader, I checked it out.  It seems like Sue, over at The Homeschool Chick, started this for herself – but lots of other homeschool moms wanted to join the fun, so it’s going to become a meme.  How perfect is that?  And I’m even getting it on the first week!  So, here goes - - -

The Homeschool Chick

In my life this week...

Well, if you follow my blog at all, you know I’ve been dreaming of Disney.  So much so, that I even decided that it’s time to resurrect the Destination Disney meme.  I’m praying and hoping for more participants this time around – it’s so much fun and I just want others to enjoy it with me.  But, then again, it’s MY obsession, so even if I have to go it alone, so be it.

We didn’t know we were heading  back to the Orlando area this year.  Ian has been watching Disney documentaries via Netflix instant streaming, and I found myself rather interested in the Disney Cruises.  I’ve never even had a desire to go on a cruise  before.  So, we started tossing the idea of doing one NEXT year (2012).  Then, I found out that I’m getting to go to FPEA again for TOS – so that means we get some Disney time in this year too. :)  Oh, the joys!

It’s been cold and snowy here this past week – not a lot of snow, but a lot of cold.  Enough to keep us mostly indoors.  Brian has been busy reffing basketball games, which means he has been gone almost every weeknight (with the exception of a few games that have been cancelled due to weather).  Yesterday, I decided that we needed some family time, so we stayed home from church (heathens!) then got ready and went for a nice lunch and to BJ’s.  It was just nice to get out of the house and away together as a family.

In our homeschool this week...

We’ve been doubling up this past week, doing 2 days in 1.  The reason?  Well, we counted how many weekdays were left between now and the day we leave for Florida and we have more school days to do than days of the week.  We want to be done before we go, so we don’t have to worry about school when we get home.  Hence, doubling up. 

Since it’s so cold and we’re content in the house anyway, I think we’ll continue with the double-up schedule for the next few weeks, at least. 

Places we're going & people we're seeing...

Aside from having to run Gracie to violin and piano lessons, we’re hanging out at home in this weather!  Gracie did have a playdate with a friend on Saturday, which was fun for her.  And we’re hoping to plan a field trip soon – once my friend Jodi and her kids are all settled in back in NJ. 

My favorite thing this week was...

Finishing up Pride & Prejudice with Ashley.  I read that entire book OUT LOUD to her.  Jane Austen didn’t write her books to be read-alouds, I’m quite certain.  We would up that study by watching the movie last night.

What's working/not working for us...

Most of what we chose to use this year has been working quite well and I’m quite pleased.  We’ve also received some middle-of-the-year pleasant surprises – both via the Homeschool Crew and New Leaf Publishing Group.  I’ll post more about these great products soon! 

Homeschool questions/thoughts I have...

I’m thinking about the upcoming homeschool convention season, and I’m excited at the prospect of attending CHAP as a CUSTOMER (rather than a vendor = TOS) this year.  I need to sit down and make up our list of  things we’ll need for next school year.  It will be nice to be able to take our time, browse the vendors’ booths, and listen to some of the speakers this year. 

I can’t believe that next school year I’ll have a senior (yikes!), a 7th grader, and a kindergartner!  My kids are  growing up so very fast, and the opportunity to spend each day with them, at home, is a treasure. 

A photo to share...

While the kids were outside playing in the snow last week, I took the opportunity to snap some photos.  I especially like this one of a nearby farm in winter.  (It’s not really this close to us – I zoomed in!)

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If you want to join in this new meme, simply click on the button above. :) 

8 comments:

Michele said...

Loved reading your post. This might be a fun meme to do!

Wendi said...

I like this meme. I usually try to participate in Kris' Weekly Wrap-up, but I may attempt to do this one also...sometimes :)

We plan on going to CHAP this year. Dh and I have turned it into a getaway for us for the past couple of years...except for last year when dd6 was in a "I'm having nightmares 'cause you're leaving me phase" so she went with us...but she seems to be over that so hopefully we'll make it this year :)

Our Homeschool Reviews said...

I'm impressed you read Pride & Prejudice aloud!! I am reading a lot of books aloud this year to my daughter only because they look so interesting I want to know what happens too...lol! Some are long and my throat hurts when I'm done.

Brenda Emmett said...

I LOVE this! I am going to have to participate in this meme. I can just tell. Thanks for sharing my awesome friend! :)

Jodi said...

Oooohh!! I can't wait to see you either, yes, field trip with your family is definitely in order! :) I enjoyed reading this post, I'll have to try this one week. I can't believe Ash is going to be a senior, WOW! And..what a beautiful photo, love it!

Julie said...

We are doubling up on our school too. I hadn't planned on taking as much time off over Christmas as I did, but with Marissa home... well, the anxiety level of the teacher was elevated. We will have caught up by Friday. I am looking forward to slowing back down.

Sue said...

I LOVE your picture! I don't see a lot of that white stuff in my neck of the woods too often. :)

Hooray for your upcoming Disney trip! I can't wait to hear all about it. You are a total homeschool queen for reading all of Pride & Prejudice out loud to your daughter. WOW!!!

Thanks for joining me on the journey.

Blessings,
Sue :)

Jennifer said...

Thanks for sharing about this, Heidi. I signed in, too. I'm still amazed that you read that entire book out loud! Your picture is beautiful.

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