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Homeschool Mother's Journal: January 11, 2014- Week 19 of My Father's World

Leah Courtney
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In my life this week…

Personally I've had a hard week with my fibromyalgia. I'm not exactly sure why I've had more pain. I've tried to pinpoint something I ate that may have had gluten, but I can't figure it out. Today (Saturday) is a little better, so hopefully things are leveling out. I did enjoy the fact that we had two whole days with nowhere to go this week. And I loved starting back to school and having a regular routine.

In our homeschool this week…

We jumped right back in to our regular school routine this week. We are on Week 19 of My Father's World, and we've just passed the mid-year check point for our required 180 days. I can't believe that I'm already mailing in our mid year form.

Charles changed science books and isn't using Apologia for his middle school science for now. There are lots of reasons (I can save all of that for the Virtual Curriculum Fair.), but I like his new book. I don't think there is enough detail, however, so I'm requiring him to choose from some other supplementary things two days a week. He chose to get a kitchen science kit that we've had sitting around this week. Of course the first project was the famous/infamous build a volcano.

In My Father's World we've left the Vikings and are headed into the Middle Ages. We read about the Battle of Hastings this week, and for our art, we copied portions of the Bayoux Tapestry.

Helpful homeschooling tips or advice to share…

Sometimes you just need to jump in and start. I've heard many mom say (and I've been guilty myself many times), "Well, I wanted to get this done, but I just didn't get organized." Sometimes the organization is lacking, but we just have to jump in and do it. I struggle with the attitude of, " If I can just get this done, then we'll be ready to start school." That attitude can cause us to not accomplish anything. And that frustrates me and the kids. So, this week's advice is a famous slogan- "Just Do It!"

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

Our Fun Friday co-op started back this week also. We were all excited to go and see our friends and participate in all the fun activities going on this semester. Ashlyne and Rachel's group is continuing with Travel- studying countries around the world. This week we went to India and we watched a video of Amy Carmichael. I'm also teaching their group about "Astonishing Animals" using this unit study from Amanda Bennett.

My favorite thing this week was…

I am really loving the new dog. I always loved when we our black lab in the house many years ago. But I've kind of gotten used to not having a dog around. And when we decided to do it, I was a little concern that the shedding and dirt dragged in and muddy paws would be pretty burdensome. But, our Blondie is the greatest. She's a huge lap dog- which I love. She's pretty obedient. And she's great with all the kids. So, the shedding and extra dirt are worth it.

Things I’m working on…

The Virtual Curriculum Fair is going on all month. My Language Arts post is here, and I'll be posting about our curriculum in each subject every Monday. I love this Fair because I so enjoy when I can see what's working for everyone else.

At the end of the month, we have a Crew event- Five Days of Homeschooling Essentials. I'll be participating in that and am excited to see what everyone thinks are essentials for homeschooling.

I’m cooking…

I made extremely easy waffles this morning for Charles and his friends who spent the night for his birthday. I used this easy recipe from, and it was simple enough that I didn't mess them up. (I didn't make any gluten free ones, so I couldn't taste them. But the boys all liked them and ate them up!)

I’m grateful for…

I'm grateful for Charles this week. Tomorrow is his 13th birthday, and I will have two teenagers. Despite the dire warnings, I'm enjoying my teens very much. I'm looking forward to taking Charles out for his birthday lunch today also.

A photo, video, link, or quote to share (silly, serious or both!)…

This is Blondie's very favorite spot- in the middle of her family.

I'm linking up with Homeschool Mother's Journal, and Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers.

Leah Courtney / Author & Editor

Leah Courtney is a homeschooling mom of four. She’s graduated two teens- one who’s a legal adult now! And she’s still homeschooling two middle schoolers. She loves all things book related, and in her- very rare- free time you can find her listening to audiobooks and coloring.


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