The Homeschool Mother’s Journal

The Homeschool ChickIn my life this week…

I’m happy to say that I started walking again! 🙂  I really need a little cardio workout, so hopefully this will do the trick.   I’m thinking of pulling out the WiiFit and Wii Active too, but….baby steps, you know??   On a positive note, my new walking buddy and I made it thru the whole week, 2.5 – 3 miles per day, Monday through Friday.   The walking and the conversation was great!

This was a busy blogging week for me, six posts in all!  A little too much for me for one week….time to get back to Wordless Wednesday!

The deal on the house we were so looking forward to, fell through this week….it did not appraise for the purchase price!  So for right now, we’re just staying put.  Who knows, maybe the seller will get tired of waiting and come down even further.  For now, we’re happy and thankful for what we do have.

In our homeschool this week…

Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday’s are usually somewhat routine.  But this week, we started reviewing Who Is God? (Apologia) and we finished reviewing Curiosity Files: Cicada-Killing Wasps (TOS).   (If you’re curious about those products, you’ll have to wait!  But not too long!  The review for Curiosity Files is due February 11 and Who Is God? is due March 15.)   Also, #1Son and I are beta testing Write Shop Jr, Book E.  Because I love Write Shop, I was really excited to be able to work with this product in particular.

On Thursday, #1Girl took her first real exam in Japanese, which she was quite excited about since she has been working so hard on this.  If asked her favorite subject, this would trump all others.  She scored 96%!  We are very proud of her discipline and hard work on a difficult language.  (It was also nice to find out, that the tutor’s students at the high school averaged 76%!)  Friday was Apologia Biology Co-Op at our house; this week we completed all the experiments in Module 11 on Invertebrates and dissected a worm!  After Biology Co-Op, we have about 30 minutes to ourself, then race off to music lessons.  My #1Girl takes flute lessons, then #1Girl and #1Boy have Rock Band together (Guitar & Drum Lessons).   They’re working on “Brown Eyed Girl” and “I Want to Hold Your Hand” and are really starting to sound quite good.   Next week, I may have to record them, so you can hear it too!   We always end our school week with Friday Pizza Night!   A welcome relief from cooking after a busy day!

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

  •  This week we have a just-for-fun field trip to a local arcade, complete with putt-putt golf and laser tag!  (Can’t leave out the socialization, right?! ;))
  • The Dad’s birthday is Friday, so I’m sure a special birthday trip is in order….probably a trip to the boat for a few days.
  •  Helping a friend with a decorating project this week….dinosaurs and archaelogy!  How fun is that?
  • Nature Preserve

My favorite thing this week was…

  • Quiet time at the library while #1 Girl is with her Japanese tutor
  • Friday’s can be crazy, but Biology & Music is a great way to wrap things up
  • Walking! 🙂
  • A noisy, sweet sound filled the morning air as thousands of birds flew out of the south heading due north to greet the spring!
  • Photo Op at Nature Preserve

What’s working/not working for us…

Here’s what’s working:

  • Apologia for Science (Biology & Zoology 3) 
  • Teaching Textbooks for Math (Algebra I & Math 6)

Here’s what’s not:

  • Trying to squeeze in Art…which I love!  #1 Girl draws daily and uses Photoshop, but needs to diversify a little!  So much to do so little time! 😦

Homeschool questions/thoughts I have…

No questions, just this thought:  I never thought I’d be homeschooling our children.  Yet for the past five years, it has been one of the greatest blessings of our life!  Watching them grow and develop their innate abilities is a treasure!

A photo to share…

See Nature’s Photo Op for slide show…it was a great day to catch the action…

  1. #1 by Cheryl on February 7, 2011 - 12:28 pm

    Sounds like you got loads going and accomplished. We’ve experienced the house deal thing before~too bad the seller won’t come down, but if you *really* want it, remember that IF he needs to unload it~the market isn’t turning around anytime soon, so this will work in your favor IF you can just hang out…I had to sell one and believe me the guy was soo patient and waited out his time and my sales price adjusted (for him) by $40k by the time the deal was secured. NOT fun for a seller and maybe he needs some TIME…so you can have your home. We sold ours only B/C we had to let it go..this is NOT the time to sell, but a FANTASTIC time to buy…here’s hoping for you all, dear! ;-))

    Okay, dying to know about your daughter’s Japanese…my girl is learning this language too and would enjoy a partner/friend in it, I’m sure. Private message me and let’s connect if you want~this could be soo cool~if you all have time, and I believe could help both girls out.

    Have a blessed day~

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