Sunday, January 30, 2011

The Homeschool Mother’s Journal - 2

The Homeschool Chick

It’s time to take part in the 2nd edition of The Homeschool Mother’s Journal, hosted by Sue over at The Homeschool Chick.  (Have you been to her blog?  It’s so bright and cheery!  It reminds me of spring!)

In my life this week...

We had snow this past week.  Not a lot (not even what the weathermen were calling for); but enough to make for some slippery roads.  The older I get, the more cautious I am about driving in the winter. 

Yesterday, my family – and my parents – travelled about 2 hours to visit my youngest brother and his wife and to see their new home.  They just moved right before the holidays.  Now, they are planning something even more exciting – an adoption from Korea! 

In our homeschool this week...

We continued doubling up on our schedule and have now completed the first week of our 2nd 1/2 of the year!  I was happy to print out the first 1/2 of the girls’ daily schedules and put them in their binders (for future placement in their yearly portfolios).  It just feels like we’ve accomplished something now, you know? 

In our history study, we moved into the 1900’s and talked about The Great War (World War I) this week.  I dug out our American Girl books for both Kit and Molly along with the Welcome to Kit’s World and …Molly’s World books to use during the coming weeks.  We have almost all of those books, so we might as well make use of them!  I love history this week.  We only spend one day per week with the actual textbook and the rest of our study consists of reading biographies, researching people and events from that era, and fun stuff (like field trips). 

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

Does the dentist count?  All 3 kids have dentist appointments tomorrow.  Is it awful that we like to follow up our dentist visits with a trip to the Hershey Chocolate Factory?  LOL

My favorite thing this week was...

Hitting that 1/2 way mark with our schoolbooks, and finding out that TOS will be getting a booth at the CHAP convention after all. :)

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

Sue talked this week about how Institute for Excellence in Writing has been a Godsend in their homeschool.  To that, I say a loud AMEN!  My 10-year-old VERY RELUCTANT writer no longer complains about writing and is actually doing quite well – all thanks to IEW and Andrew Pudewa.  I’m wondering “where has this program been all my life?!”  But, really, I know that God’s timing is perfect in all things, even when we find a curriculum that’s a good fit. 

Homeschool questions/thoughts I have...

I’m just thinking about how wonderful homeschooling is – what an opportunity to forge relationships with your children.  We tried the public school route with Ashley for a few years in elementary school.  I wish, now, that we hadn’t done that; but it certainly taught us all a lot of lessons. 

A photo to share...

On Saturday mornings, I often visit with my parents for breakfast and coffee.  On my way home, I noticed that one of our bushes was weighed down with icicles.  I grabbed my camera and Brian’s boots ---

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This morning, I headed back outside with camera in hand, hoping to get some pictures of the Amish buggies going by on their way to church.  But, I was too late.  Instead, I snapped more wintry pics ---

winter 2010 061winter 2010 064 Yikes, that’s more than one – hope that’s ok. ;)


Anonymous said...

Thanks for sharing your week. I'm really enjoying The Homeschool Mother's Journal posts...I may have to start doing it myself. Hershey's sounds wonderful and your icicles look beautiful. (Secretly, I'm happy I don't have my own!) Brrr

Melissa said...

whoa -those are huge icicles!! Love the wintery pics! I am also a HUGE fan of IEW! It has been a wonderful addition for us this year. lol at Hershey after the dentist - I want you to be my mom!

Thanks for stopping by my blog and taking the time to comment too! It means alot!

SisterTipster said...

Wow~loving the adoption thingy in your family! Makes you all VERY special indeed! Love the pics too~something about the snow on that evergreen that just looks festive...Thanks for sharing your week~EAT A BIG HUGE Hershey bar for ME will ya?? HUGS!!

Wendi said...

I've been hearing a lot about IEW lately...I may have to put that on my "to check out" list for MACHE & CHAP :)

We got snow here too...and they're calling for "something" tomorrow...we'll see what happens :)

Sheri said...

Wow-it is all like Mickey M here! Very nice. Yah-IEW is well-something worth shouting about. We are finding we like it now(have a back story to it-so we were not sure if we would this time around).

Have a great day!

Sue said...

Can I Amen your Amen? - LOL I'm so glad to hear that you love IEW as much as I do! Such a wonderful program.

I love,love, love your wintry pics. (The more the better!) I would have loved to see those Amish buggy shots though. I guess they might not have liked it much if you chased them down the street with your camera. (hehe)

Thanks for linking up with me again this week.


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