Monday, December 5, 2011

The Homeschool Mother's Journal: November 28 - December 2, 2011

Caleb opinion on our new artist we are studying.

In my life this week…
Wow! I didn't know if I would actually survive this very interesting week. It all started when we went to put up the Christmas tree, which usually requires hauling several pieces of furniture out into the garage and moving things around. Well, we ended up doing a major overhaul. We ended up getting a great deal on a china cabinet, which made it possible to condense two pieces of furniture into one.

When it was all said and done we ended up getting rid of two pieces of furniture out of the house, moving dishes, food, and office supplies out of cabinets and drawers, and rearranging furniture. It sounds easier than what is was. From Monday until Saturday I had to move around big piles of papers, dishes, books and all the junk that is easy accumulated and try to have a normal life--easier said than done! I am happy to say that I only have a few boxes filled with DVDs, Wii games and CDs that need to find a home and I think we can call it good. Whew! I'm worn out just writing about it!

In our homeschool this week…
We started a new term this week. I was still frantically trying to put the final touches on the kid's school schedules Sunday evening, so I really wasn't excited about starting up. I still wanted vacation!!

Caleb head into this new term still working on the same books.

Destini and Chantry finished reading The Princess and the Goblin, which was a big hit and now have a new literature book, The Children of the New Forest by Frederick Marryat. This is my first time to read this book so it will be a fun reading adventure together.

We also have a new Composer and Artist we will be studying this term. For our Artist we will be following Ambleside Online's pick, Albert Bierstadt. This week we studied, The Wetterhorn and read through his biography. You can see Caleb's thoughts from the picture above.

For our Composer we will be listening to Mozart. This week we listened to Serenade No. 13 in G major or Eine Kleine Nacht Musik.

We started a new hymn, O Come, O Come Emmanuel, and folksong, Over the River and Through the Woods, which we will focus on for the next five weeks.

Helpful homeschooling tips or advice to share…
Here is great list of The 5 Best Gifts of All Time.

Places we’re going and people we’re seeing…
We got up early on Tuesday and headed to Portland to get the boys' haircuts. Then we stopped at my all time favorite store, Exodus Books, and I purchased some Christmas presents and also added The Princess and Curdie,  Story of the Amulet, and Ginger Pye to our collection.

On Friday we had to cancel Caleb's writing class due to Delani running a fever.

My favorite thing this week was…
Finally getting the Christmas tree up AND decorated!!

Questions/thoughts I have…
BEWARE when putting up the Christmas tree.

I’m reading…

A photo, video, link, or quote to share…
Ta-da, behold The Christmas Tree!!!!!!!

The Homeschool Mother's Journal

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  1. I love your literature rich curriculum! And Ambleside Online is terrific. I wish my kids shared my passion for literature. Congratulations on reorganizing and sprucing up the house, and the tree is lovely.

  2. Hi Beth, thanks for the inspiration to declutter a little more this week. There's just something about reading that someone else is decluttering that just gets my mind going & ready. Thanks for the boost this week. Hope the sickness is gone. Stopping by from the HMJ.



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