Sunday, April 3, 2011

Homeschool Mother's Journal

 The Homeschool Mother's Journal

In My Life This Week:  Oh man, things have really been crazy around this house.  We have been doing some work in our backyard, all week, and I have been a little on edge.  I am not one who enjoys upset with household things.  The yard is no exception.  We had to pull up and remove grass, which left us with a huge mess due to rain.  We then added some new concrete to the yard so the kids can have more space for riding bikes and scooters and such.  We were scheduled to have our new patio installed on Friday, but the installer was running behind, so we are hoping to get this done on Monday.  I am really looking forward to completing this project.  The kids are going to be able to have so much fun out there.

In Our Homeschool This Week:  Well, despite all the commotion outside we were able to get quite a bit of work done.  Tay is moving right along in her work.  She is now one week into using her Latin DVD's and doing great.  This has been such a stress reliever for me and for Tay.  She is able to use the laptop to watch her lessons and really understanding what is being taught.  I finally feel that Tay is actually learning Latin and not just trying to "get through" the lesson with me.  Ash is also doing great.  She is continuing to improve her reading skills everyday.  I am pleased with her progress and I honestly think Ash is pleased as well. The girls and I finished a great chapter book we are reviewing.  I am hoping to have the review posted by the afternoon.  I read the book aloud to the girls every night.  We really enjoyed this time together and I now plan on doing this nightly.  Buddy is really enjoying reading his books about ocean life.  He is also watching Finding Nemo, I think we are on day 4. Sigh.  I am hoping to be able to get an ocean craft done this week, and focus on reading Rainbow Fish.  I love that story!

Places We Are Going/People We Are Seeing:  This week we really didn't get a chance to get out of the house much.  We did take a trip down to the outlets to get the kids and myself some summer clothing.  We had such a great time.  The car ride was about 45 minutes and we were able to spend a couple of hours at the outlets.  The weather was perfect!  After,  we headed home for a nice dinner with the rest of the family at Red Robin.  Fun day!

My Favorite Thing This Week:  My favorite thing this week has to be hearing Tay play Amazing Grace on the piano.  Amazing Grace is one of my favorite songs and she finally perfected it.  It sounded beautiful!   It was really a proud and emotional moment for me.

What Is Working/Not Working For Us:  As far as schooling goes, everything worked well for us this week.  The new Latin DVD's have proved themselves to be a good buy, and everyone is moving along nicely in all other areas.  One thing not working for me is my workout schedule.  I am feeling a little bit in a rut and need to change some things up a bit.  I am hoping to get this situated for next week, as my frustration level is slowly increasing.

A Photo, Quote To Share:  Buddy in his new hat and his sisters glasses (upside down mind you) on our way home from the outlet stores yesterday.

I hope you have enjoyed reading about our week.  Please check out what others are saying over at The Homeschool Chick.



  1. I hope you get your yard project done soon so the kids can play! Sounds like a busy week! You are brave to take the kids shopping for clothes. I tend to stay away from clothes shopping with my kids because 1-it would be a little crazy and 2-I am blessed to shop out of our storage boxes since we have hand me downs from my niece :) Glad the Latin DVDs are working for you too! I am in a rut with my workout schedule too! My alarm goes off at 4:45 AM so I can either go to the gym or run at home on my treadmill from about 5:15-6:15 AM, but lately I want to sleep and ignore my alarm! My husband leaves for work early so I have to get moving early and finish my workouts before he leaves! What do you do for your workout schedule? Happy Sunday and clicked a vote for you! :)

  2. Such a busy week but Im sure the yard will look fab when finished =)

  3. Hi Tracy,

    I have to admit, even though we had a great day at the outlet stores, it was a little crazy with the kids. Well, actually it was really just Buddy. He is always so busy, that you can't take your eyes off of him for one second.
    As for my workout schedule. For a while I was doing what you are doing, waking up before the kids and husband and either running or doing a workout tape. I started to get tired and was wanting to get some reading in, so now I read before the kids get up. I pretty much workout when I can during the day. Usually it ends up being in the evening while my husband is giving the kids a bath. I really wish there was a way I can workout in the morning, just not so early. I guess I need to find the right balance.

  4. Hi Crisc,

    Thanks for stopping by today! I really hope all the mess in my yard will be worth it. Have a great evening.

  5. Thank you for sharing this. I wish to homeschool my son some day, but would have to do a lot of convincing with the man of the house. I could definitely learn a lot from your experiences.

    Lexie Lane

  6. Mommy of 3! Hi!!! Thank you for commenting on my blog, and I'm SO glad you did - this post and blog are awesome! I want to use this meme to capture more of what we do. What helpful prompts!

    You look like you are enjoying all you do. I'm off to read and browse more! Thanks for finding me!!


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