Sunday, August 26, 2012

Homeschool Mother's Journal August 26, 2012

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In my life this week….
          I got a new to me car.

In our homeschool this week…
          We had a Back To School Bash with our homeschool group. The group is in it’s 2nd year and is growing in numbers of families and FUN! It is going to be a great year.

Places we’re going and people we are seeing…
          Just booked a trip to sunny CA to visit my husband’s side of the family.

My favorite thing this week was…
          Seeing all the kids get along and have a great time at the Bash. All age groups had fun reconnecting after the summer and making new friends.

What’s working/not working for us…
          Darn computer programs....Our first day going to use Wordly Wise online failed as the logins didn’t work. Of course, it is being remedied, but not in time before our school day was out. Thus, Wordly Wise put off until this next week.

Questions/thoughts I have…
          Do all 10 (almost 11) year boys get so emotional? He has never been this way.
Very frustrating. He won’t talk about it either. (I guess I should be able to relate as menopause has set in here J

Things I am working on…
          Creating a chore check off list every day for Nico which has to be completed before he can play. Too many chores have been put off for later and they don’t get compelted.
I’m reading….
          Still reading “Dragonfly in Amber”.
I’m cooking…
          Applesauce in the crockpot. My friend gave me two boxes full of delicious apples. My job this week is to get them made into applesauce. One batch is complete.

I’m grateful for…
          The precious time with my kids every day.

I’m hoping for…
          A non-emotional week from all of us.

A photo, video, link, or quote to share…

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Homeschool Mother's Journal

Linking up here for the Homeschool Mother's Journal. A way to try to keep track of my weeks, thoughts, and ideas.

In my life this week….
            I might be getting a new car! Super excited about this.

In our homeschool this week…
          Moving into week #2. It looks like we might have a wrench thrown in our week and not be getting as much completed as planeed. L

Helpful homeschooling tips or advice to share…
            It’s not how much work we get completed, but how much learning we accomplished!

I am inspired by…
          All the mom’s in our homeschool group. They are such a fun group. They inspire me to make our days fun and loving.

Places we’re going and people we are seeing…
          Possibly heading to TN this week. If so, we will try to catch a couple of historical sites. Also meeting new friends and old friends at two park days this week.

My favorite thing this week was…
          Hearing Luca repeat a verse from our FIAR book, “Madeline”. 
            “She said to the lion in the Zoo, “Pooh, pooh”.”

What’s working/not working for us…
          Wordly Wise Workbook did not go so well this week. Even though I had asked him which version he wanted to do…online or workbook. Lucky for us Homeschool Buyers Coop has Wordly Wise as a group buy this month….$35 instead of $300 – DEAL! Restarting Wordly Wise online this week (hopefully)- if not next week.

Things I am working on…
          Scrapbooking the boys dance recital photos.

I’m reading….
          Dragonfly in Amber”, by Diana Gabaldon

I’m cooking…
            Lots of crock pot recipes this week! It was a good week to eat at home.

I’m grateful for…
          My supportive and loving husband.

I’m hoping for…
          The weather to stay cool!

A photo, video, link, or quote to share…

                                           It’s a Dalmation Plantation I say!

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

First Day of HOMEschool - 2012

We made it...our first day of school 2012-2013 was a success!
It was a good day, even though the teacher overslept!
I must admit, it is because I worked until 1am and didn't get to bed until 2:30am then forgot to set my alarm clock. Luca came in at 8:30 and said, "Mom, let's go!"

We got started at 9:30am and finished by 2:15pm. I little longer than I wanted to but the boys worked hard and had fun on their science and geography projects. I am so glad I am doing an alternating schedule with just 4 subjects a day or we would still be at it at 6pm.

Here are some photos of our day.
Who needs a school bus? Not us....this is the boys ride over to the school house.

Time for school to start!

 Luca had to ring the bell too.
 I got these shoe boxes from work. Our steel toed shoes come in them. Perfect for travel cases on our journey around the world for Geography class.
 Here are the boys decorating their 'suitcases'. They will keep all the things they make this year and a their passports (making them Thursday) in their cases.

 Beautiful....although not sure why Luca is so sad.
 The boys sat together while we talked about culture. Luca was funny. He wanted me to write 'culture' on the board so he could copy it in his notebook. Nico even took notes without being told!
 Both boys hard at work. Of course, Luca was finished with his case way before Nico so he gets to work on other activities.
 Science today brought classify things. Luca had to find animals and classify them. He ended up making a poster with his different animals.
Nico has a tub full of things that he has to clasisfy in several different ways.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

One More Week!

It's almost here - our first day of school for 2012-2013!
Where did the summer go?
I am so glad we took the time off this summer. It was nice sleeping in, not hurrying, and enjoying each other's company. It was a relaxing summer.
I am ready though to get started on our new year. I hope the boys enjoy the curriculum as much as I am anticipating them too. Also our new routine of 4 subjects each day with more meat to them.

Best wishes to everyone for a gret school year!

Happy Homeschooling!