Friday, December 7, 2012

The Homeschool Mother's Journal: Christmas Decorating

In my life this week…
After a very busy weekend last week I was finally able to finish decorating the tree (1). The kids had put the ornaments on it, but I had to put all the frou-frou on it. Shade put up our village and the decorations outside (2) and we now have a box-free living room!

I was also able to uncover my sewing machine and get down to some sewing. I made two Christmas stockings, two skirts for Destini (4), and then Delani informed me she needed one too, so I made her one (3).

In our homeschool this week…
We just finished up the second week of our new term. Everything is going well. We have one more week of school work until we take our Christmas break.

Caleb and Destini have added dictation to their schedule. We are using the Spelling Wisdom from Simply Charlotte Mason (5).

Here is the schedule I lined out from different suggestions from the Ambleside Online Forums and Yahoo Group.
Dictation Schedule

Monday – Use dictation piece for copywork
Tuesday – Do spelling “spot-check”. Go over difficult words and practice them. Pay attention to punctuation.

Helpful Hint:  Using a highlighter of one color, marking the words that they think they most need to study - - - then they underline the parts of the word which need their most specific attention, and then, using a different colored highlighter, they mark any punctuation which will need any extra attention

Wednesday – Dictation with Mom.
Thursday – “Reverse Dictation”
Friday – Re-do dictation if needed.
Places we’re going and people we’re seeing…
Caleb and I spent Monday helping at the Masters School of Art school that he has been taking an art class. I labeled art work for their upcoming Fall Festival where all the art work will be displayed.

We were pretty much homebodies this week. The kids are looking forward to doing some Christmas shopping this weekend with their dad.

My favorite thing this week was…
We were given a Christmas countdown calendar (6) that was hand-made for us (Thank-you, Sarah!). The kids are having a lot of fun with this and look forward to it everyday.

What’s working/not working for us…
Chantry is still working his way through The Logic of English. He definitely has his ups and downs with this, but I can slowly see some progress and things he is retaining. We are going to keep working our way through it.

Things I’m working on…
My sewing--I still have quite a few projects that I'm wanting to get done before Christmas.

I also will be posting my first review for the Schoolhouse Review Crew. This is my first time doing this and I look forward to it.

I’m reading…

I’m cooking…
This was a sad week for cooking, but I did make some potato soup and stroganoff chicken with rice.

I’m grateful for…
The love offering I received to pay my new serger off!

I’m praying for…
Healing for my mother-in-law.

A photo, video, link, or quote to share…
Caleb's new Star Wars stocking. He decided cute little teddy bears was not appropriate anymore!

I am linking up:
Homegrown Learners


  1. Wow! I'm impressed--a decorated tree, homeschool, AND sewing? You go, girl! :-)

    I like that Spelling Wisdom schedule. I haven't been doing that much with it. Thanks for the tip!

  2. sorry I'm laughing - this was a sad week for cooking. (tell me about it - frozen pizza to the rescue)

  3. Hey Beth--maybe you'll see this comment. I've been working on our schedule for the new year and I'm going to try to implement a better Spelling Wisdom schedule. What is meant by "reverse dictation"? You can email me if you'd rather--hopeistheword (at) gmail (dot) com.



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