The Homeschool Mom’s Journal — Week 3

The Homeschool Chick

In my life this week….

I’ve been reaping the benefits of participating in Little Leaps of Love. It’s had an amazing effect on relationships with my kids and with my husband. We had our first date night (at home) in over a month last night and it was so much fun.

In our homeschool this week…
Ben finished the orange level reader for his reading program. He’s now moving on to the red level and he is VERY excited. He continued working on his maps, spelling, and language lessons. He has a good feel for all of them and seems to be enjoying it.

Places we’re going and people we’re seeing
Ben did his first Zoo School on Tuesday. This is a homeschool program run by our local zoo where the kids get to do a lesson on a topic, meet animals, and go on a zoo hike with other kids their age. Ben LOVED it and can’t wait to go back next month. I’m so thankful that I have the energy to do this for him now.

My favorite thing this week was…
Touring the zoo with Katie leading me while Ben was in Zoo School. She had so much fun getting to make all of the decisions. I don’t know how she’s going to react when Ben is with us and she doesn’t get to decide where we go and what we see.

What’s working/not working for us…
I have to admit, I think, that as much as I want to be a classical homeschooler (with the rigor and the stuff that goes with that), my kid doesn’t appear to be cut out for it (at least not at this age), so I’m scaling my expectations back a bit and trying to remember that he’s five.

Homeschool questions/thoughts I have…

I wonder if I’m the only one who feels like I’m completely drowning in stuff sometimes. It’s crazy how much stuff we collect just from the homeschool projects and stuff. I assume it’s also like this for other parents, but I guess it’s the fact that the books and everything are here too that just makes it seem insane.

A photo, video, or link to share…

For those of you who do twitter, make sure you’re following the hsc hashtag Wednesday night at 9pET. We’re going to be chatting about curriculum: Language arts and social sciences, to be specific.

2 thoughts on “The Homeschool Mom’s Journal — Week 3

  1. One tip I’ve heard is to take photos of those special projects. Feel free to keep the projects around a bit, but do you really want to keep that poster board shield from your study of knights, that salt dough map of Egypt, or other projects around for years? Take that photo as a keepsake, and after you’ve allowed your child to enjoy it and show it off to a few friends or family, then feel free to pitch it. You will have the photo and the memory to treasure.

    –Spoken by the mom of 5 who really doesn’t have room to keep everything 4 school aged kids produces.

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