Friday, February 18, 2011

Homeschool Mother's Journal

I am so excited to participate in another week of  The Homeschool Mother's Journal.  I am linking up with Sue over at The Homeschool Chick this week.

In My Life This Week:  Thing have been pretty crazy over here.  We are still in the process of revamping the office into the school room.  We are making slow progress.  I am debating on colors at this point.  We have also had 4 days of yucky weather, which meant no playing outside, which meant messy house.

In Our Homeschool This Week:  We have had a very productive week.  Tay is moving right along with her studies.  She has completed her poem and started a new one.  Ash is doing great!  She has moved along with her reading and has even begun speed drills in math.  She loves them!  Buddy has been working on his fine motor skills.  I have been trying to help him hold his pencil/crayon the correct way.  This has been somewhat of a challenge, but he is making progress.  His favorite activity is using the scissors and the glue.

Places We Are Going/People We Are Seeing:  We really did not do very much in this area.  The weather hasn't been so great so we stayed home most of the week.  We do not have much planned for the weekend as well.  Tay would love to go skiing, but it will depend on the road and ski conditions.  We will see.

My Favorite Thing This Week Was:  Watching and listening to all 3 kids sing the theme song for the Pirates Who Don't Do Anything in the car.  It was so funny!  They were bouncing in the seats and singing, or shall I say, yelling the song.  Great Memory!  Do your kids love Veggie Tales as well?

What's Working/Not Working For Us:  Something that is not working for us is using the kitchen table as our school area.  There are so many distractions in the kitchen, and the lack of room for everyone to work is becoming a problem.  I am looking forward to each of the kids having their own workspace.  

Homeschool Thoughts/Questions I Have:  A question that comes to my mind is how long should our school day be?  I work until they are done, but sometimes we are done in 2 1/2 hours.  I feel that the quality of what they are learning is there, but should I have them work longer?  How long is your average school day?  

A Photo, Video Link, Or Quote To Share:  This photo says it all.  What a life!

Have a wonderful weekend and see you again soon.



  1. Love the picture! Stopping by from the hop =)

  2. Umm... I have no idea how long an average school day lasts. I'm sometimes still trying to figure out what my kids have conveniently forgotten to do while I'm fixing dinner. I'd say that if they worked diligently my fourth grader would be done in 2 1/2 hours (not including read-aloud time) and my seventh grader would be done in 4.

  3. Your blog is so cute! If your kids are finished with their work in 2 1/2 hours, you really don't need to add anything in just to draw out the day. Our school days still aren't overly long, IF my kids are diligently working on thier studies. We still have a family read aloud, that adds time and my kids spend a great deal of time reading. We also have projects that we're working on, but as far as written stuff goes, or 'bookwork', I've never really gotten caught up in the length of time it took to complete everything, as long as it was done to my satisfaction. Sounds like you had a great week...Blessings! :)

  4. We often finish in that amount of time as well, I don't even think about it! We love Veggie Tales as well! Might I make a suggestion about the color of your new class? Ok, good! We made our perfect classroom space back in November- after two other tries downstairs and much rearranging, I love color and really wanted a fun one, but chose a warm color. I decided to make the wall neutral and let the "pop" come from the other stuff I brought in the room. :) I am glad we took that route!
    If you are interested here is a link to my blog post where I show the before classrooms and the now classroom. I think it is cool that we both just started our Classical journey!

  5. My little guy {age 4} loves scissors and glue too...and tape {I have to hide the stuff or he will use it all :)}. Love the picture!

  6. Hello! Thanks for joining A Thankful Woman's Book of Blessings! I had to laugh in reading your post because as I was enjoying your journal, my kids were watching Veggie Tales and the Pirates song was playing!!!!!!!!!!!
    Such a cute little photo guy you have there...what a sweetie:))
    I think that one of the blessings in homeschooling is that an "average" day can be whatever "average" needs to be for THAT day.
    That said, we have 7 full time students this year...and our "usual" time spent on school lessons is about 5 hours...but that's not PER student...that's cumulative...working our way through ALL of the kids' lessons.
    Some days, less...some days, more.
    I've learned to be Spirit-led in this area..."Where would YOU have me at THIS moment, Lord?" Sometimes, that means we go back and forth from "school" to "family things" and back to "school" again.
    Anyway, HAPPY ENDEAVORS to you and yours!
    Nice to meet you!

  7. My kids love Veggie tales:)

    Sending a blog award your way, check out my blog to see it. Enjoy!

  8. Thanks so much for stopping by my blog! I hear you on the weather...we need Spring soon or my kids will go crazy soon! We also school at our table but it's in the dinning room. I hope your room gets finished soon and gives you all a new fresh look!

  9. Hi Kim! Its Stacey, Ali's friend. Aww these pictures make me miss your family so much. Tell the kids I say hello, and when Ali comes back for a visit next, I'm planning to meet her in Fresno to come see the girls. Also, my good friend just started a kids blog, you should check it out. She's super creative and gonna have some fun activities on there for kids to do, so i thought of you guys. Hope to see you soon and that you are doing well. take care. :)


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