Saturday, December 6, 2014

The Homeschool Mother's Journal: A New Term Started

Oh my, I have been a terrible blogger! Life has been busy, but in a good way. We had a great Thanksgiving plus we finished up our first term of school and have started our second term. Here is a little update of what has been happening in our home and school.

HSMJ Dec 5 
1. My kids were excited to finally get paid their allowance. I have started paying it to them in a check and then we go to the bank and cash them. My kids really, really like this! Oh, and this is Caleb's last allowance payment.
2. I made this Layered Pumpkin Cheesecake for a get-together we had. I started to cut it and realized that I better take a picture since I don't know if I can bake another one without cracking the top. And yes, it was yummy!
3. Delani has decided she is big enough to make her own sandwiches (when it is convenient for her), but she actually surprised me on how well she did.
4. She also learned to wrap gifts in her Daisies club at co-op.
5. And for the big news--Caleb got a job! After filling out application after application he finally got on a McDonald's. He is posing with his first paycheck. Honestly, I have been very frustrated with apply for jobs online, which seem to be the only way to do this at most businesses. I could go on and on about what I think about this, but I will spare you.
 HSMJ Dec 5 B
6. We finished up Term 1 in which Destini completed A Child's Geography of the World and It Couldn't Just Happen: Knowing the Truth About God's Awesome Creation along with 3-4 free reads. Chantry completed A Child's Geography of the World and Archimedes and the Door of Science and two free reads. Delani completed Volume 1 & 2 of My Book House and we almost made it through Book A of First Start Reading.
7. Chantry has started  Along Came Galileo, Created for Work: Practical Insights for Young Men, and  Complete Book Of Marvels. He will continue on The Mystery of History Volume 1, Augustus Caesar's World, Math U See Zeta, Spelling You See Americana, The Mystery of the Periodic Table App, and another 42 lessons of Rod & Staff English 4.
8. Destini will be reading through the Secrets of the Universe book set, The Complete Book of Marvels, along with Never Give In: The Extraordinary Character of Winston Churchill. She has read a lot of science biographies over the last year and asked to take a break so she is delving into history biographies. She also will continue with Mystery of History Volume 1, Augustus Caesar's World, Math U See Pre-Algebra, Rod & Staff Spelling 7, and Rod & Staff English 6. She is starting another cross-stitch project and will soon start a new quilt.
9. Delani almost completed Book of First Start Reading, but honestly every reading page was excruciating. She reads the words one day and looks at them the next day and has to sound out every.single.word. Sooooo, it just so happened that I won a $100 gift certificate to All About Learning Press that was offered in one of the Read Aloud Revival Podcast hosted by Sarah from Amongst Lovely Things.   I am hoping to start this on Monday, but I have to get my act together. She will continue to work through her Math U See Primer book and continue doing a lot of reading aloud.

Last but not least--the Christmas tree is up! I think that if I ever have a season that we can pull the tree out of the box, put the lights and ornaments in one day I will faint dead away.

Christmas tree 2014

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  1. Congrats to your son for getting his first job. That is so exciting. I remember my first paycheck. Wow, what a blast from the past. Your tree looks wonderful.
    Blessings, Dawn

  2. That cheesecake looks fantastic! We are new MUS users, and I see you use that...I will have to remember where to come if I have any questions. :)

    1. We really like MUS. My oldest used it through Algebra II.



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