Homeschool Mother’s Journal — 1/25/13

Rough week in this house. Just saying.

  • In my life this week… I had another uncomfortable end of life conversation with our vet, but emerged victorious with pain meds. I also had a lovely chat with the woman who runs the crematorium we’re going to use for her. Ben’s issues are back in full force and that pretty much threw everything else out the window.
  • In our homeschool this week… We read about the Phoenicians in Story of the World. Ben worked on the final review in Life of Fred: Farming. He still has five problems to go, so his break from math is going to be shorter than expected. We have all the necessary pieces for his science fair project, but now have to figure out how to convince him to write it up and make it what it is supposed to be. We watched the Inauguration. Ben was particularly interested in the oath after we did the the lesson on being truthful in Telling God’s Story. There’s a section in there about taking oaths, so that the president takes an oath took on new significance for him.
  • Helpful homeschooling tips or advice to share… Keep reminding yourself that at seven, no one is expecting cold fusion or a complete mastery of ancient history. Does he know anything at all? I think that’s the question.
  • I am inspired byHeather
  • Places we’re going and people we’re seeing… We went to Orlando on Saturday and saw a good friend we haven’t seen since we picked up Peyton. This was her first time meeting the kids. The kids convinced P to ride the elevator which turned out to be a super-express. Ben likened it to riding Cheetah Hunt (P hates roller coasters). I think the kids were okay. Otherwise, we went to dance. This was a stick close to home week due to the issues Ben is having.
  • My favorite thing this week was… the new devotional I found. It’s called Day by Day Devotions by Karyn Henley. This was our first week using it and the theme was “Now and Always” — verse: I will never leave you Hebrews 13:5
  • What’s working/not working for us… Right now we’re blessed that we’re relaxed homeschoolers. I made a schedule, but Ben’s issues blew that right off the map this week. We’ll get it together and be a tad further behind on writing than I’d like. We’ll survive. I’m so grateful for the iPad app Hay Day — we’re able to use that as an incentive to help him focus and that’s been working wonders.
  • Questions/thoughts I have… One of the things I really have to work on is not stressing out when things get crazy. I get so overwhelmed and I need to be more focused and calmer. I have some plans to work on that. I’m also reading and absorbing Lori Pickert’s posts on project learning for adults.
  • Things I’m working on… I’m doing a lot of grading. My adjunct work has kicked in and I’m busier than I was for the last ten weeks or so.
  • I’m reading… Your Seven Year Old and Your Four Year Old by Louise Ames.
  • I’m cooking… not much. But I’m sure bookmarking recipes at Weelicious.
  • I’m grateful for… I am so very, very grateful for good friends who have served as good counsel during this crisis with Ben. My church.
  • I’m praying for… healing for Ben and a great report from Dr. T on Tuesday for Katie. Extra, extra doses of patience for me wouldn’t hurt either.
  • A photo, video, link, or quote to share…This is Ben working on his math problems. Yes, he counts on his fingers, but he doesn’t need to. He’s just not quite confident enough yet.
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If you want to see what’s happening at other homeschool’s this week, head over to iHomeschoolNetwork to check them out.

3 thoughts on “Homeschool Mother’s Journal — 1/25/13

  1. I count on my fingers. I don’t need to either. 😉 But when I think about it, if I”m asked to spell a word I’m less familiar with, I’ll “air-type” it. Ditto for a phone number I don’t dial all the time: I’ll “air-dial” it. The processing works both ways: I’ve found myself “typing” a name or phrase I want to remember to look up when I have neither paper nor electronic devices, and the same is true for phone numbers. Maybe it’s a form of kinesthetic learning? I also play piano, so thinking with my fingers makes a lot of sense in my head. At least in music it’s perfectly acceptable to use my fingers to think through new music before I actually sit down at the keyboard.

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