Homeschool Mother's Journal: August 17, 2012

  • In my life this week…
We’ve had a pretty “normal” and productive week of school. 

On Tuesday, we were able to visit with friends who have lived out of town for about a year now.  We haven’t been able to spend much time with them this past year, so it was so nice to hang out a few hours and let our kids swim and play.  

Ashlyne has moved down to the prep op team at the gym.  She is so much happier and less stressed, and I certainly don’t mind the fewer hours a week.  For the fall, she’ll be at the gym 3:30-5:30 three days a week and a private lesson every other week.

Kathryne performed in her Narroway theater production tonight.  This was my first time seeing her perform, and I enjoyed it.

  • In our homeschool this week…
I am really loving our new history.  We are using Diana Waring’s Ancient Civilizations, and I especially am enjoying the versatility and the Christian worldview.  This week was Phase 2 of the first unit, and the older kids had to pick an area to research more closely and to present while the younger girls and I read some additional books together and did some of the suggested activities.  Charles balked at the “research” project at first, but he got on board and picked studying the making of musical instruments and made his own.
  • Helpful homeschooling tips or advice to share
Don’t ever feel like you have to do everything in the book.  One of the main reasons we homeschool is so we can tailor what we do to meet each kid’s need.  It doesn’t matter what the book suggests.  If it makes you and your kid miserable, don’t do it!
  • I am inspired by…
This poem I saw shared on Facebook today:

People are unreasonable, illogical, and self-centered.
Love them anyway.
If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish ulterior motives.
Be kind anyway.
If you are successful, you will win some false friends and true enemies.
Succeed anyway.
The good you do today will be forgotten tomorrow.
Be good anyway.
Honesty and frankness will make you vulnerable.
Be honest and frank anyway.
What you spend years building may be destroyed overnight.
Build anyway.
People need help but will attack you if you help them.
Help them anyway.
In the final analysis, it is between you and God.
It was never between you and them anyway.
~ Kent Keith, made famous by Mother Teresa*
* Kent Keith originated this poem in 1968, and Mother Teresa placed it on her children’s home in Calcutta in a slightly different version. As a result, many have attributed it to her.
  • My favorite thing this week was
Getting to spend time with our friends on Tuesday and seeing my daughter perform tonight have to tie as my two favorites
  • What’s working/not working for us
Rosetta Stone.  It is of the devil.  Maybe not, but I sure do hate it.  We’ve had quite the experience with Rosetta Stone over the last year and a half.  Now is probably not the time and place for my rant.  But, someday I’ll perhaps blog about our adventures if I can do it without the steam boiling from my ears.  In the meantime, someone want to purchase a barely used copy of Rosetta Stone?  I know where I can get you a really good deal.
  • I’m reading
The Voice Bible (I’m going very slowly through the entire Bible with a three year plan.  I’m also getting ready to start BIble in 90 Days again soon.  But, I’ll probably read out of my standard NIV for that.)
The Scent of Rain (I’m reviewing this one for BookSneeze)
  • I’m cooking…
I actually made homemade bread in the bread machine for the second time in two weeks.  And, I’ve broken out my Make a Mix book again and put together some of my own quick mixes.  I’ve done this before once upon a time, and it really did help me to have things quick and convenient without the cost an preservatives in the bought mixes.
  • I’m praying for
A friend I know in a painful marriage situation.  It burdens my heart to think of what my friend is going through, and I’ve thought of her and prayed for her off and on this week.
  • A photo, video, link, or quote to share
Okay, don’t laugh.  But I thought my camera was broken this week.  And I was in despair because I love to use my camera.  And I’ve been shopping Amazon to price one and shedding great tears over the potential cost of a new one.  So, I’ve taken no  pictures this week.  But, tonight, right before Kathryne’s program, I realized my camera was set on the view and not on the take pictures.  So, yeah.  That’s, um, why it would open up all the way.  

So, it has been miraculously healed!  But, not in time for any great and fascinating pictures to appear in this post.  So, here’s one of my favorite videos about how we teach our children.  It always makes me stop and think about how blessed we are to get up every morning and do again this thing we call homeschool.

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