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Monday, March 14, 2011

Homeschool Mother's Journal March 14th...

The Homeschool Mother's Journal

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In my life this week...
Just another week! I pulled together some resources for the kids' particular interests, and we need to visit the library to pick up a few more. I have bookmarked some great-looking websites, printed out some fun crafts, and made a day-by-day "assignment" sheet, which is helpful since my mom (their Nonna) helps with the homeschooling twice a week while I am in school. I am writing a paper on a moment/event that helped shape my life, and catching up on a bit of homework I got behind on while very sick the week before last.

In our homeschool this week...
We're exploring Vikings, early American history, Little House in the Big Woods, ladybugs, the solar system, and more! We're also starting lessons from Intermediate Language Lessons and Primary Language Lessons, with this great printable format that I downloaded (very inexpensively) from Cynce's Place.

Places we're going and people we're seeing...
Well, we'll be going to the library, and there are piano and ballet lessons, and Park Day (weather permitting). I'm actually trying to whittle down our out-of-home time this week! Oh, we will see the kids' grandpa, as we have to take him to the pharmacy to pick up refills.

My favorite thing this week was...
Watching the kids getting excited about having their interests included in this week's assignments

What's working/not working for us...
I think our new approach to studies will work... I hope. The time change is not working for us right now - none of us were up before 10 except M, who had to go to work.

Homeschool questions/thoughts I have...
I'm thinking ahead to next fall, a bit. We're not really following the traditional school schedule at this point, and are instead choosing to basically school year round for more flexibility. We'll still take a summer break, but it'll be shorter than the public school break, and will still involve learning, just in a less formal format. I'm not planning on using anything much new, except we'll probably change math for Cyrus - I really want to use Life of Fred with him, so am looking at both Math Mammoth's Blue Series and the Key to... Series as possible supplements. With language arts, we'll just continue through ILL and PLL (if they work well for us) until we finish each level. This also makes homeschooling more affordable, since I won't be buying a whole bunch of new things at any given time! I may start reading from The History of US soon too, aiming roughly to finish the series by the summer/fall of 2012... we'll see.

A photo, video, link, or quote to share...
Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire. William Butler Yeats. This is exactly how I am trying to view my children's education right now!

2 comments :

  1. Aw, I am so looking forward to getting settled in my new home, and having my son with me. I miss homeschooling with him!

    I am also looking at preparing for the next school year. It's never too early!

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  2. We are year round schoolers, too. It gives more freedom to take those much needed "it's 80 degrees and sunny" days at the park. Heading over to check out your 4th grade tab, my daughter will be in 4th grade next year and I'm always looking for ideas. Following from THMJ.

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