The Homeschool Mother’s Journal 2011-2012 — Week 5

The Homeschool Mother's Journal

In my life this week… We’ve been continuing our battle with strep and we’ve WON!!!! Finally, both kids feel great and seem to be back to normal.

In our homeschool this week… Ben took his first ever test and scored fairly well. I had to explain the different kinds of questions and how they work. He doesn’t like that multiple choice questions only allow one answer because he really thought two of the answers could have been right for one question. He’s definitely my kid. I have made a profession out of arguing with multiple-choice questions. We also got the stand and bench for our keyboard. My very old, ancient keyboard. It looks so sad on the stand, but both kids are enthralled and enthusiastic, so music lessons will proceed apace. We also got Ben’s caterpillars, finally. Interestingly, they don’t follow the directions that we’re given, so they are in chrysalids all over the place and not just at the top of the cup as the instructions indicate they’ll do. I am assured that no one shook them or anything. P and I will be moving them to their temporary pavilion tomorrow.

Helpful homeschooling tips or advice to share… Remember that we plan and God laughs. I think that’s the most important thing. The plan isn’t what’s most important.

I am inspired by… my dog. Sam is 13 1/2 years old and is really struggling some mornings to get her get-along going, but she gets it every single morning. She is one determined dog and I will honor that determination for as long as she continues to feel that way.

Places we’re going and people we’re seeing… the kids have been in quarantine all week so they would be well for this weekend and they are. We are so glad to finally get to leave the house again. You can’t imagine.

My favorite thing this week was… catching up to Katie tonight after her hair was washed, and when she saw the little bottle she says, “ohhhh, product. Thank you, mama for putting product in my hair.”

What’s working/not working for us… As usual, our place of struggle is math. I’m not sure why we’re struggling with it at this point. I think he’s probably bored with where we’re starting, but I think he needs the reminder, so we’ll continue to plow on.

Things I’m working on… I’m working on Katie’s quilt, slowly. Once I finish this one, I think I’m going to bump up Ben’s quilt and do it next. I’ve also gone back to work, so the usual work of an adjunct is part of my life again.

I’m reading… Helping Students Learn in a Learner-Centered Environment by Terry Doyle. This was referenced several times at the conference I attended last week, so I bought it. He has a second book coming out in December that I have on pre-order. It is already having an impact on my teaching and I’m really pleased with the results even though we’re only a couple of days in.

I’m cooking… I did the set up for one of our favorite pasta dishes: Jo’s Sausage in Wine Sauce from On Top of Spaghetti. It’s the only sauced pasta my kids will eat consistently. We use a slightly sweet Florida white wine (San Sebastian) and it works really, really well.

I’m grateful for…
being one week away from taking the allergy tests and being able to set a foot on the road to answers about my health.

A photo, video, link, or quote to share… Today, it’s a link. If you haven’t checked out: Sam’s Noggin, you really should. She’s dangerous with the ideas. I’m jumping in on her One Bite at a Time challenge.

Books referenced in this post:

To find out what’s happening in other homeschools, check out The Homeschool Chick’s post and link list!

*Links to books are ALWAYS Amazon affiliate links.I make virtually nothing for linking there, but maybe someday I can buy one of my books that way :).

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