The Homeschool Mother's Journal

In my life this week…
It’s been a very busy last couple weeks.  My husband and I noticed some behavior from our children that we just couldn’t allow to continue.  We let the behavior go for a while, so we knew that adjusting it and redirecting it would be a challenge.  But holy cow, what a challenge!!
So these couple weeks have been busy with the “zero tolerance” policy we put in place.  On the plus side, all the standing up, sitting down, and running of stairs is showing on my legs in a very nice way 😉
In our homeschool this week…
In history we are studying the divided kingdoms.  The kids have asked some great questions about faithfulness, providence, and mercy.
Our writing assignment these next few weeks is to write a newspaper.  So the kids and I found a newspaper template that we are placing our articles in.  The kids are doing a full range of subjects, and they even got creative with some advertisements… all on their own!  When we finish next week, I will happily share this with you guys!

My middle boy is finally getting his math and that is helping his attitude so much!!  He tackles his schooling with vigor!!  Yahoo!  My oldest is still handing in work that is not complete and that is so frustrating.  He is not a detail guy and I would love some advice on how to encourage him to be a detail guy, or at least consider looking at details.

Helpful homeschooling tips or advice to share…
I have begun to organize and hunt down our school books for next year.  I created a spreadsheet with the subjects per child that helps me to keep organized while I prowl around 😉  

The Cost column will automatically add all things pertained to that subject and the column itself will total at the bottom.  I simply type in the totals from Cost into the Retail column.  Then, as I add books I input the actual cost.  I love watching the totals separate 😉  If you would like to download this form and use it for yourself, click here.  Under file, you should be able to download it to your computer.
I am inspired by…

The article I read in Homeschool Enrichment with Jamerrill Stewart, “Choosing Home”.  She rings so close and true to my life!!  I am going to interview her on here at some point.

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

Coop this week was a lot of fun!  My friend allowed us to bring our dog to her fenced back yard.  The kids are learning how to take notes with Institute for Excellence for Writing.  They will use this technique for years to come and so far they are enjoying it.  The kids did their writing, art, and gym class.  We did some laps out in the field behind their house, which wore everyone out, including the dog 😉


My favorite thing this week was…


My oldest son bridged over to Boy Scouts this weekend.  He really enjoys Scouting.  Before my son walked across the bridge, I removed his Boy Scout kerchief and slide, symbolizing letting him go on to the Boy Scouts where my job will be to stay out of the way and let him succeed… or fail on his own.  He has been scouting since Tigers and I am so very proud of him sticking with it.
What’s working/not working for us…

I need to find some extracurricular activity for the girl child.  The older boys have their scouts, but the one thing Bekah really does enjoy and is good at is just so expensive here in MD.  So we are investigating options for her right now.

Things I’m working on…

Well, technically, I have been working on refinishing this table for months now.  I was even given an electric sander as a wonderful gift from Gran and Papa.  I just can’t seem to put a couple hours together and make this thing happen.
I’m cooking…

Chili that the kids loved.  I soaked the kidney and black beans all day (one bag each).  I added 2 large cans of crushed tomato, chili powder, Greek seasoning, garlic, and about a cup and a half of water.  I let that go in the crock pot, then browned the lean pound of ground beef to dump in. 


My children devoured the chili.  Hubby added jalapenos to his (ew!!).  I did think it could use some more pizazz, but will play with that next time 😉

I’m grateful for…

God stretching us this week, but not over much.  it was a bit stressful at times, but nothing excessive.  I am so thankful for that.

I’m praying for…

The folks who lost their preemie twins this week.  For my sister and her new  baby.  Our future.  A church plant.  Always, ALWAYS, for wisdom.

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