Saturday, January 26, 2013

The Homeschool Mother's Journal - A Little of This & That

1. Delani all tuckered out. 2. Pizza dough. 3. The working dryer!
4 & 5. New iPad!!!! 6. Delani's sweet note.
7. Working on Bible Memory.
8. An hour of fun at the gym.
9. Destini working on her cross-stitch project.

In my life this week…
We started off Monday trying to figure out what was wrong with our dryer (3). Shade went down to the appliance store and described what the dryer was doing and they told him that the motor had gone out. He came home and did some research and found out a new motor would be $140. He found a clip on YouTube that showed how to change the motor, which led to another clip that recommended to check the thermal fuse. Lo and behold, he took it out and the dryer started. So he went down and bought a new fuse and we now have a dryer that works. The best part is it only cost $14 to fix. Thank you, Jesus.

We also received our new iPad (4 & 5) this week. My husband was able to get this through his work's reward program that they offer. We are still figuring it out, but look forward to having fun with it.

I spent the rest of the week catching up with laundry. Other than that it was a typical week: errands, library and work on Tuesday, and church.

In our homeschool this week…
In history for Chantry and Destini we are reading about the Declaration of Independence and the beginning of the Revolutionary War. They have waited quite a while for this moment and it has finally arrived!

Destini and Caleb are still going strong with dictation using Spelling Wisdom Book 1 and Book 3. They seem to really enjoy this. Read more about how we do dictation here.

I have been trying to focus on reading books to Delani, and two of her favorites this week were The Mitten and the The Hat by Jan Brett.

Destini started a cross-stitch picture a couple of months ago and has been working on it very slowly(9). She is finally getting more confident and working on it by herself rather than having someone hanging over her shoulder and guiding her. She will be entering her project into the West Coast ACTS Student Convention in May.

Helpful homeschooling tips or advice to share…
I have been trying to implement an "morning time" (7) and have really struggled. Mystie over at Simply Convivial posted this about morning time in her house which inspired me to keep working at it.

I am inspired by…
I just started reading Together: Growing Appetites for God by Carrie Ward and am absolutely loving it.  Very inspiring!

Places we’re going and people we’re seeing…
  • The girls went to the library
  • Destini had piano lessons
  • All the kids went to the gym for an hour of play. (8)

My favorite thing this week was…
Delani wrote a note (6) which she informed said, "I love my mom and she loves me."

What’s working/not working for us…
I had assigned Chantry John Adams: Independence Forever (Heroes of History) to himself and narrate for his biography. After listening to last week's narration, I realized that he wasn't doing a good job of reading it, so this week I read it aloud to him and he gave wonderful narrations. So we will continue this way for now, and as I have never read it it did pique my curiosity to know more! What was not working is now hopefully working!

Things I’m working on…
Dinners and going to bed earlier. As in the last couple of weeks the dinner part is going well, but getting to bed earlier just isn't happening!! I also have been working  ahead on some blog posts.

I’m reading…

Check out my Nightstand for January.

I’m cooking…
  • homemade pizza (2)
  • chuck roast & baked potatoes
  • chili
I’m grateful for…
A working dryer and family. We got together last Saturday with my in-laws and had dinner and dessert (we never lack in that department at a Starr gathering!) and then played Rook the rest of the evening. We had an absolute blast! The kids spent the evening playing. Sunday morning found Delani back to sleep after eating her cereal in the morning (1).

I’m praying for…
Wisdom and direction

A photo, video, link, or quote to share…
Playing Rook with family.

I am linking up:

Homegrown Learners


  1. Sounds like a good week, Beth. The same thing that happened with your dryer happened with our van last year. We saved over $1000 if memory serves we correctly, just by my dh and my dad knowing what to do and getting really greasy. ;-). I am thankful for a handy husband, too!

    I STILL haven't gotten back to Spelling Wisdom since Christmas with my eldest, but I plan to, and when I do, I'm doing it your way!

    We got a new iPad a few weeks ago. Well, it's new to us, anyway. We've been enjoying having our very own--the last one was technically my dh's from work. I'm sure I don't use it to its fullest potential, though.

    Good job on the cross stitch! I hope o cross stitch my kids' Christmas ornaments (a traditional annual gift) for 2013. I brought home some pattern books from the library already; I just need to carve out time
    To get started.

    Have a great weekend!

  2. Hi! I'm visiting from Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers. I enjoyed reading about your week. We have had many times where my husband has been able to fix something that saved us a lot of money. Such a wonderful blessing! :)

    I too am trying to get to bed earlier...failing miserably but trying.

    I enjoyed my visit at your blog. Look forward to visiting again. :)



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