"....Your children shall be like olive plants all around your table." Psalm 128:3

Saturday, October 29, 2011

The Homeschool Mother's Journal

In my life this week....Mimi is finally on the mend, after a bout with strep, croup, then falling and cutting her hand and getting 5 stitches. The stitches were taken out on Thursday, so we're finally seeing the light at the end of the going-to-the-doctor-every-week tunnel.

In our homeschool this week....we are reading through the book of Acts (and I use flannel graphs for this as well), did a wonderful science experiment about water polarity, learned some Spanish, finished our study of N.C. Wyeth, went to the library (a favorite for my children) and loaded up on good books, and worked on our book of centuries for History.....among many other things.  :)

Helpful homeschooling tips or advice to share....learn to relax and not get so stressed about homeschooling your children. (After homeschooling for 18 years, I'm still working on this one.)

I am inspired by....the Charlotte Mason method of education. It has changed our approach to homeschooling 100%!

Places we're going and people we're seeing....grandparents' house, a friend's house to pick up a small flock of turkeys, and dear friends stopped by on Thursday evening - it's always great to see them.

My favorite thing this week was....just being home with my children.

What's working/not working for us....the textbook method was definitely not working for us. The Charlotte Mason method definitely is.

Questions/thoughts I have....my children want to do dissections this winter. I think it's wonderful, but they seem a little young to be interested in cutting animals open. Must be from all the butchering we do.  Anyone else have young children interested in dissections?

I'm reading.... about Leonardo da Vinci, the next artist we're studying in Art appreciation.

I'm cooking....a Cocoa Fudge Cake, from scratch, with the help of my girls.

I'm grateful for....my salvation.

I'm praying for....my family.

A photo to share........

I saw this beautiful spider web on our deck last week and thought of the verse...
Proverbs 30:28  "The spider skillfully grasps with its hands, and is in kings' palaces."

Have a blessed day,

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  1. Sounds like you had a busy week!:) A flock of turkeys....now that is exciting!

    My children have been asking for dissections for several years too (since my oldest was 7 or 8), although we've been putting it off for when they're older, too, LOL.

    Incredible spiderweb pic!

    Have a blessed weekend!

  2. Textbooks are not our thing either. This is our second year with switched on by Alpha Omega for the core subject for my now 4th grade boy and we love it. my 4 year old girl has taught herself how to write, and I am blessed! I have a technology background so this week, I taught Jace how to make a stop-motion clay video using his clay and windows live movie maker. He also learned how to record his own sound effects and overlay them in video. I love homeschooling!

  3. So glad to have found your blog through HMJ:) Thanks for sharing your week- it sounds both peaceful and joyful.

  4. What an incredible photo! You are such a busy homeschooling mom - and Charlotte Mason's approach is so encouraging. Thanks for sharing!

  5. Oh, poor Mimi! When I was a kid, I used to get strep all the time, too, so I sympathize.

    I know several homeschoolers who follow variants of the Charlotte Mason method. They seem to enjoy it and their kids are really learning a lot.

    Thanks for your comment on my blog! I'm glad I'm not the only one who's been noticing the difference in treatment between Halloween and Christmas. Have a blessed week!

  6. I love your photo. So much to notice when we truly look. Glad you are enjoying the Charlotte Mason stuff ...we are a bit bumpy with it! My kids would absolutely love dissecting anything. Maybe their mom should try it too!


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