The Homeschool Mother’s Journal

The Homeschool Chick

I found this and thought it would be a really good way for me to frame our weeks and would help me feel a little more like I know where we’ve been and where we’re going.

In my life this week…

I have finally started feeling better. I’ve been sick for a very long two weeks, part of which I was so sick standing up was difficult. But today, I’ve felt clear-headed and back in the game, so to speak.

I’m also on top of my grading for the first time in a couple of weeks. Now, to keep myself there :).

In our homeschool this week…

Ben has been working on odds and evens and I think he’s getting it. He’s worked it on an abacus, with dot cards, with number cards, and it seems clear that this concept is clear for him. He’s finishing off lesson 16 in All About Spelling and should have it done tomorrow. He struggles a bit with writing down the phrases, but he can spell them all. He is one book away from finishing the first half of the first grade reading curriculum, and is starting to learn a new poem for his language lessons. I did discover a huge gap in his education: he doesn’t know the name brand of any kind of cookie, we agreed that “mom’s chocolate chip” cookies could be a name brand this time. He took his first piano lesson. Still loves maps and learning about the world.

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

Because I was sick this week, it was really, really low-key. He spent a lot of time playing with imaginary friends, though :).

My favorite thing this week was…

Making a cake with Ben. He did most of the measuring of ingredients. He tried to crack the eggs, but he wasn’t quite there. He whisked all the dry ingredients together and he helped put it in the pan. We all had some today and it was fabulous. He did a great job. Best thing, he wanted to help clean up the kitchen afterward. He said, “Great chefs always clean up after themselves.”

What’s working/not working for us…

I just could not get him into Stories of the World so I gave that up for the time being and found something more in line with his current interest in geography and the world. We use Little Passports, and he loves it. He has a passport, a map of the world, he gets a letter, a photograph and some sort of related object. This month he’s doing Brazil. Now that he’s done this part, there’s an activity sheet and some online things for him to explore. We’ll also check out a book on Brazil from the library so he can learn more about it. It’s a different country every month and he really seems to enjoy it a lot.

Homeschool questions/thoughts to share…

I guess my only question is what do I do if I still can’t get him into Stories of the World at some point in the future like, say, next year? Is there something that might move more at his pace or be more interesting to him (that’s secular)?

A Photo to Share

In future weeks, I’ll have a photo of project that he’s completed or something, but I don’t have one this week and my agreement with my husband is that I don’t post face on pictures of our kids on my blog. I think that’s fair.

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