Friday, March 4, 2011

Homeschool Mother's Journal - 3

In my life this week...
I practiced having 6 and 7 kids by watching a few extras. It was both easy and hard (is that even possible?). Those days I decided school was pretty near impossible except for a few things here and there. Of course that means my floors are dirty and my laundry pile is enormous.
In our homeschool this week...
We made it to our halfway point! We started late because of moving in August, but we are  working at a pretty good pace consistently! We are going to have to use Saturday as a school day (just this week) since Daddy has a Men's Breakfast early in the morning!
Places we're going and people we're seeing...
Monday we took the kids night swimming at a new rec center in the area (I know, but we do live in Hawaii!) and also found a GREAT new park in the rec center! We made it to church a lot this week! (Dr. Fruchtenbaum was talking at our church). Last night we were treated to a night out by one of the Church members.
My favorite thing this week was...
Making Dr. Seuss hats with all the kids this week. It was quick and easy. Then we read Dr. Seuss books for circle time and even the 2 and 3 year old loved it! We even made some Oobleck!Thank you Dr. Seuss for your gift!
What's working/not working for us...
Me trying to plan the week on Sunday nights is SO not working! I'm tired by the time we get home from church, sometimes I get through the planning sometimes I don't all the way. I need to find another time to do it! (maybe Thursdays since Fridays are our Science/History/Art days)
Homeschool questions/thoughts I have...
How do some plan 6 weeks in advance and stay on target!? It seems my plans chance week to week! Sometimes we don't make it all the way through the weeks worth of stuff and it transfers over! I wonder if planning for 6 weeks at a time would help or hurt?
And how do I get my 6 year old to love spelling !? He reads at a 4th grade level but can't spell the words he reads! He hates Explode the code!
A photo, video, link, or quote to share...

All my cats

We had a few extras this day! Sean and Noah loved making their hats (Jonah didn't want to make one) The two toddlers look like some members of a secret Seuss religious group...

The Homeschool Mother's Journal


  1. I like and my girls play the games. I create their lists myself so they are working on the words I want. They never argue about spelling time now.

  2. Cute picture of your cats!! I hardly plan much in advance, because the kids' needs and desires are always changing. I have a "spine" that we stick to for history, math, and grammar - but honestly I feel like we wing it a lot.

    I'm glad I found your blog. I'm your newest follower!

  3. I'm a planner by nature, and with experience I've learned what we can handle and how to plan a li'l wiggle-room into a term-at-a-glance. But, in the beginning, I planned a month at a time and called it six weeks; this way, I could pat myself on the back if we finished in a month and not sweat it if we didn't.

    Copy-work is a great tool for better spelling. I don't know if many kids ever love spelling, but they can surely be proficient with it!

    Have a great weekend!

  4. Becca THANK YOU! i'm gonna do a whole post on Spelling City! It is an amazing site! I've just had 30 minutes of my own fun on there!

    Mary~Thanks for following! I'm gonna follow you back!

    Laura Lou~ Though I was a teacher in the public school system for years this is only our 2nd official year Homeschooling...and each year we seem to add someone to the mix! thanks for the monthly idea though.....that is a great one!

  5. Adorable. Love the Sues hats.
    And can I please live in Hawaii with you? I'm in Wisconsin. :(

  6. I enjoyed your entry. I understand what you mean by extra kids being easy & hard. That photo is absolutely adorable!! Holly