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Heather —  October 24, 2011

The Homeschool Mother's Journal

In my life this week…

Fall Weather! Feels so good in the morning.

In our homeschool this week…

Adding in College Prep Genius has been very interesting to my son. He is spending a lot of time researching colleges and we may visit a college next weekend!

Helpful homeschooling tips or advice to share…

Turn off computer and spend time really focusing. I am pleased that we are developing a routine that is falling into place. It is not my original schedule at all!

I am inspired by…

This Fall Weather. We live in the Shenandoah Mountains and the colors of the leaves are so striking. This makes me want to bake as well. I have also been reading some books by Susan May Warren and I am having fun with those.

Places we’re going and people we’re seeing…

Nowhere. By choice. We have been driving so often with kids practices for sports and choirs, etc. This week, I am so hoping to stay put. A trip to the apple orchard is in order though.

My favorite thing this week was…

Getting more caught up on schooling, blogging and housework. Teaching my daughter to knit.

What’s working/not working for us…

Our natural schedule is coming together. Up, showering, eating, getting down to schoolwork…Even my teenager seems to have found a stride for Fall.

Questions/thoughts I have…

I am enjoying All About Spelling so much. At first, I was a bit scared of it…but that was silly, it is easy to teach. I love it now. I am also pleased we are getting a new French curriculum, from The Great Commission. I took French in school, myself and I enjoy having it come back to me.

Things I’m working on…

Blog posts for review items. A Holiday Gift Guide. A Keepers of the Faith online club. Paying attention to my kids, lol.

I’m reading…

Baby, It’s Cold Outside, By Susan May Warren

I’m cooking…

Warm things, like Alison’s macaroni and cheese and hot chocolate.

I’m grateful for…

A more content spirit

I’m praying for…

TT

A photo, video, link, or quote to share…The Lord’s Prayer sung in Swahili!


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This (Past) Week in Our House

Heather —  September 25, 2011

The Homeschool Mother's Journal

In my life this week…
Busy. Lots of distractions. Some good, like Church play and Choir practices for the girls and paintballing for the boys.

In our homeschool this week…

Making a globe! (from Voscamp's Exploring geography book)

Lots of history and geography. Our favorite subject has to be history. Reading Mystery of History Volume 2, and Hillyer’s A Child’s History of the World. Reading these never feels like work at all! Also, doing Voscamp’s A Child’s Geography, Explore the Earth with Emma. Nick is such a cool brother—he always helps with hands-on stuff!

Helpful homeschooling tips or advice to share…

Do some history! (see above). Also, check out an Electronic field Trip from Williamsburg. Link to a free one until the 30th: http://giftnation.history.org/

I am inspired by…

Alistair Beggs. I love listening to his sermons through Truth for Life. I stick on headphones and listen to a 20 minute podcast on the ipad. Such a treat!
My Mom. She is going through a lot with someone close and I am comforted by her strength.

Places we’re going and people we’re seeing…
My favorite? Going to Charlottesville for my Whole Foods Shopping Day. Soon, it will snow and it will be hard to get there!
Church for the girls practices for a play and the upcoming Christmas Show. Emma is loving being on a dance team. I need to find her a 50’s costume. Or, sew one…hahahaha

My favorite thing this week was…
Why can I barely remember this week???

What’s working/not working for us…
Nick is fighting getting started every morning. Wish he would go to bed earlier. Teenagers! I have tried being laid back about it, but he is just not getting enough done. He needs to get more done for college opps…

Questions/thoughts I have…
Feeling really good about Em’s courses and workload. She is quick, so easy to teach!

Things I’m working on…
An online Keepers of the Faith club. Wish I had more experience to make it really nice and wasn’t so busy with distractions this week (like my own blog crashing). I want to work on it more!!

I’m reading…

Ongoing: Stepping Heavenward, to remind me of how timeless some things just are.
Non-fiction: The Vitamin Cure for Alcoholism, Stress-Free Believers (Review)
Planning: Keepers of the Faith Leader Guide
For Fun/Fiction: Heiress by Warren. (Review)
For Review: Alethia Magazine

I’m cooking…

Greek style pizza from E-Mealz was a success this week, too.

Yesterday, Latin Chicken from E-Mealz (doing review for TOS) very nice recipe in crockpot! Today…not sure yet!!

I’m grateful for…
A husband who drives kids everywhere and never complains. And is cute. Yes, very grateful for my husband.

It was Daddy's Birthday this week:) Em did "decorations" all over, Haha!

I am going to start a honey jar. Everytime he does something awesome, like bringing me coffee, I will drop in a marble…then, when I’m feeling impatient and he’s not hurrying or something else that makes me go grrrr….I’ll look at my jar. Hmmm…

I’m praying for…
TT

A photo, video, link, or quote to share…
Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point. ~ CS Lewis

 

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