Friday, February 8, 2013

The Homeschool Mother's Journal: Our Week in Review

1. Destini finished one math book and started a new one.
2. Delani with all the things that came for TouchMath that we'll be reviewing.
3. Dad reading history to Chantry and Destini.

In my life this week…
Another pretty normal week, though it just felt tough and a little overwhelming. I'm not sure why, but I seemed to fight these feeling all week.

On Tuesday I attended my homeschool mom's meeting and they had a panel discussing homeschooling in the high school. Even though I have a slight inkling of what I'm doing with Caleb, I did learn some things that I think are going help his work load. Have I ever mentioned I love my homeschool mom's group? Well, I do! Amazing woman, amazing advice, amazing fellowship, and I could go on and on.

In our homeschool this week…
The big news this week is that Destini finished Math U See Epsilon and started Zeta (1). Yeah!!!

Last week Destini and Chantry had a week off of science so this week we picked back up in Apologia Zoology 3 with the chapter on Order Artiodactyla (even-toed hoofed animals). We are also reading through The Burgess Animal Book for Children which has blends nicely with the Apologia book. We even got dad involved a little bit this week in history when he arrived home a little early (3).

We also finished reading Peter Duck by Arthur Ransome as a read aloud. Read what we thought about it here.

Caleb finished All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Marie Remarque and is now heading into Great American Short Stories.

Helpful homeschooling tips or advice to share…
If your new to homeschooling or have a child entering high-school get to know others who have been there and done that. I know there is a lot of good material out that is available to buy or read online, but I think the most useful information I've learned have been from those I know personally can show me how it looked especially for our state.

I am inspired by…
Another scripture--this one from Psalms 73:25-26
Whom have I in heaven but thee? and there is none upon earth that I desire beside thee.
My flesh and my heart faileth: but God is the strength of my heart, and my portion for ever.

Places we’re going and people we’re seeing…
  • Caleb went to art class and to the dermatologist all in the same day.
  • Destini had piano lessons.
  • Today we headed down for gym time and I somehow missed the memo, so we ended up heading to Portland earlier than planned to meet with Shade to have an early birthday celebration for Shade at Famous Dave's. (5)

1. Red Velvet Cookies 2. Shade's early birthday dinner.
6. Refilling the bird feeders for our little pigs (oh, I mean birds) that visit.
7. Chantry showing me his unique way to fold a shirt.

My favorite thing this week was…
We received a package this week for review from TouchMath. I laid the box in the chair and you can see for yourself what it read:

Destini said, "Mom, umm, what is OuchMath? That is a terrible name for a math program."
I had to turn the box around to show it said 'TouchMath' not 'OuchMath'.

What’s working/not working for us…
Umm, dare I say phonics using the Logic of English. Not that it isn't working, but it just seem like a heavy cloud hanging over Chantry and me. I think next week I'm going to pull out the Rod and Staff Spelling with Sound and Structure and take a break for awhile. If that doesn't work I may just have him start dictation.

Things I’m working on…
I did some work on some upcoming blog posts, but I didn't get as much done around the house as I would have liked. I think my sewing is a lost cause right now. Easter will be here before I know it and I do want to make the girls something for that. Oh well, there is always next week.

I’m reading…

I’m cooking…
  • Pizza night again
  • Quesdilla's
  • Banana bread & muffins
  • Red Velvet Cookies which I made for our homeschool mom's meeting.
While I was making these Delani told me she was hoping "they don't like my cooking." When I asked her why she said, "So you can bring it home." And due to a low attendance, I did have quite a few that came home. My kid's were thrilled!!

I’m grateful for…
God's healing touch.

I’m praying for…
A close friend who is in a lot of pain.

A photo, video, link, or quote to share…
My little girl and her daddy showing off their beautiful brown eyes.

I am linking up at:
Homegrown Learners


  1. Hi! I'm visiting from Collage Friday.

    You know, we feel the need for change often in our homeschool. We will take a break from one curriculum to try another for a week or two and then come back to our regular staple. It helps lift my dark cloud feelings. Just a simple switch to make things fresh again. That's one reason why we LOVE review products, too!

    I enjoyed reading about your week and all the things going on with you guys this week.

  2. lovely photos and I love, love, loved the "ouch math"... Your roundup brings back many memories from my homeschooling days. Enjoy them, even when they are frustrating days. Those cookies look yummy

  3. I am so thankful for our homeschool moms' group, too. I see that the first commenter (Hope) is in this group and is one of my good friends, too! ;-)

    I'm glad you have that support. My oldest is approaching 7th grade and I find we need more support as each year passes by!

    I'm so glad you linked with Collage Friday!

  4. This is such a cool idea! I really need to get better about dictating our lives. Hmm... LOL... I might have to start doing this!

  5. I keep intending to do a Homeschool Mother's Journal entry each week.... :p

    Sounds like a fun week.



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