Saturday, February 5, 2011

The Homeschool Mothers Journal - 3

The Homeschool Chick

It’s time for another edition of The Homeschool Mothers Journal.  I appreciate participating in this meme, as it gives me good reason to chat about homeschooling (which is the whole reason I started a blog in the first place).  Here’s a look back at my week - - -

In my life this week...  This week, we’ve had a lot of winter weather – snow and, mostly, ice.  I don’t like winter (I know I sound like a broken record!)  But, if it’s going to snow, I wish we’d be a good-quality storm so the kids could enjoy some time outside playing in it.

As far as work, my team and I are busily working on the next edition of The Schoolhouse Planner.  Wow!  It’s a lot of work, but it’s very fulfilling to see it all coming to fruition. 

In our homeschool this week... I posted the other day about our history study and reading about the architectural style of the house we live in.  I’m really enjoying our history study this year.  Now that we’re in the 1900’s, it’s really getting interesting to read about the more recent history.  We’ve got lots of  books and movies to read and watch to go along with our studies.  I love history, and making it “real” has  been so much fun!

Places we're going and people we're seeing... We went to visit the dentist this past week.  All 3 kids got the “no cavities” report.  They were even able to get an x-ray of 1/2 of Ian’s mouth.  (Have I ever mentioned that even I am not good at that?  I’m a major gagger!)  The dentist did mention that we should probably consider an orthodontic consultation for Gracie now (we knew it was coming one of these days). 

My favorite thing this week was... Getting out of the house on Monday.  Yes, even a trip to the dentist excites me in the winter.  We did do some shopping and spent some time at Hershey Chocolate World too.

What's working/not working for us... When it comes to Gracie, I’m a science failure.  It seems like we run out of time each day, and it’s always science that gets put on hold.  Our intent was to study mammals this year, using Apologia’s Exploring Creation with Zoology 3: Land Mammals of the Sixth Day.  I wanted the accompanying notebooking journal, which wasn’t available ‘til mid-October.  Starting so late really threw us off kilter, and we’ve just never gotten into it. 

Now, I’m wondering if we should really try to focus on science hot and heavy for the rest of the year, find something else to use (we have been supplementing some with a book that I received to review), or give up.  LOL 

Homeschool questions/thoughts I have... Am I the only one who lets science go ‘til last?  It’s just not my thing. 

On another note, I started my list of “stuff” we need for next year.  I need to also take inventory of what we already have. 

A photo, video, link, or quote to share... I bought my girls the cutest camera wrist straps the other week (from this shop on Etsy).  We picked this music notes strap for Gracie, and Ashley wanted this one (pictured on her camera):

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Super cute, right?  Now, I just need to decide which strap I want, and order one for me – I need a neck strap and I really want it to have soft, fuzzy stuff at the neck.  Any suggestions?


Betty @ said...

For science I just give my children books.

I explain a bit more here:

Jennifer said...

Not liking winter- me either! Today we are planting some Zenia seeds in a tray by the front door so we can have a taste of spring inside.

Mitch got the kids all rockets for Christmas. They have been painting them and are waiting for just the right weather to try them out. I just mentioned this morning that we need to look up information about how they work and make a science study out of it. Science can be fun when it goes along with fun activities.

Our Village is a Little Different said...

My boys would never let me get away with skipping science. Math, yes. Science, never! I have a book of quick experiments we do, and I have lots of videos and books that they read "for fun".

The Unsell Family said...

I love your blog template, Heidi! I also love this blog meme. If I wasn't already doing my "Simple Diary" entries every Monday I would join in on this one. I don't want to stop doing those though and they are very similar to this. :-) I do enjoy reading about everyones weeks though.

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