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Saturday, April 5, 2014

The Homeschool Mother’s Journal - Week of 03.30.2014

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One of the main reasons that I have started this little “school blog” is to document and journal some of the everyday moments that occur during our homeschool days.  I have tried journaling about our days before and seemed to fall off the wagon but this time I am REALLY committed to keeping up this project.  I really want to have these sweet days documented so that I can look back fondly on our precious school days and remember that these truly are the best days that I will have with my children. 

So without further ado, take a little peek in this homeschool mother’s journal this week…

In our homeschool this week…

We had a pretty slow and normal week.  It is so hard for me to believe that we only have TEN school days left this year.  We are for sure not stopping with the minimum of 170 days that our cover school requires but it does feel good to know that all those “required” days are almost completed. 

With Bennett Lawson’s arrival this semester + the very cold winter and now chilly spring that we are having, we have on purpose had a very slow, quiet semester.  This has meant lots of time at home and lots of time reading good books. 

And I know that I am not the only one who has a 3rd grader that sits like this and reads the encyclopedia for fun, right? 

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Places We Are Going and People We are Seeing…

All of our regular weekly activities were back on the schedule this week (most of them were cancelled last week due to spring break).  We were back to doing ballet, soccer, and piano lessons. 

My Children’s Favorites This Week Were…

As we wind down the school year, it is fun to see the children complete some of their subject books.  Emma Lee finished her Kindergarten Math book this week and both boys completed their handwriting books.  They were so excited to finish their school books!!

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Things I Am Working On…

Believe it or not, I am already working on our calendar and subjects for this next school year.  With our recent trip to the homeschool convention and all the fun new curriculum catalogs that have been coming in lately, it has been hard not to get excited about next year.  We are mostly just making lists and praying about things right now. I think I am a little bipolar in some ways.  I am always so sad to see the current chapter end and yet so excited to see the new one begin.

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What We Are Reading…

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Speaking of our recent trip to the homeschool convention, one of the sessions we heard and companies we fell in love with was LamplighterHave you heard of them? 

It is a company that produces good and wholesome books, but it is so much more than that.  These books are “edited within a Biblical theological framework to ensure that each story reflects the character of God and provides key Scriptures to be stored within the heart”. How awesome is that for your family Read Aloud times each day?  They also have a a great book club purchase option and their audio series appears to be really good too.

Orphan Queen Book     Little Sir Galahad

The Orphan Queen is one of their newest releases and we picked it up as a treat for the girls along with Little Sir Galahad for the boys.  They were so excited when Daddy and Mommy arrived home but to bring new books home was a special treat!!

It is no secret that we LOVE books and we LOVE Read Aloud Time around here.  And I mean how could you NOT love the look of these books just sitting on your shelves.  Please tell me that I am not the only one who loves the LOOKS of a great book?    I am thinking these books are going to quickly become favorites around here for years to come. 

Well, that about wraps up this week.  I am really looking forward to sharing these little snippets from my homeschool journal each week. 

What about you ?  What has been going on in your family’s homeschool this week?
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Thursday, April 3, 2014

Volcanooooooo

Ok, so tell me that you have been to the Rainforest Café restaurant and you know where the title of this post is coming from?

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Rainforest Café – January 2009

Well if you have no idea what I am referring too, I suggest that you go on your next vacation and experience this wonderful dessert.  It is FABULOUS!!

Now back to my original intent of this post…  Where was I going with all this?

Oh, yeah… 

Volcanoes – The rocky mountain kind, not the yummy brownie and ice cream kind.

We have had the best time learning about volcanoes with the children these past few weeks.  Nathan James received a very neat volcano kit for Christmas from grandparents this year.  (I am not 100% sure but I think this is the exact one here.) 

Josh and Nathan worked together putting the structure of this thing together one afternoon and then Josh set him loose to painting and decorating it.

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Art is Nate’s specialty so he loved this part of the project!!

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And here is the finished product…

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He did a pretty good job.  Don’t ya think?

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This was also the same day that Nate’s new glasses arrived.  He broke His Daddy broke his 1st set of frames a few weeks ago while they were visiting our local children’s museum. 

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OK, I am getting off track again.  Back to those explosive volcanoes…

I wanted to tie in a little more learning other than just using the fun glow in the dark kit and making it explode.  You know us homeschool Moms, we are always trying to tie in our play time with our school time. I mean is that not the beauty of this whole homeschooling and living life together thing?

I knew exactly where to go in my search…

Volatile Volcanoes

You have heard about these great unit studies published by Amanda Bennett, right?  If not, you have to go check them out.  They are fabulous!!  My personal favorites are the Download ‘N Go ones.  They are so easy and we really love all the links to online movies that are embedded in the files.  If you want to try out some of these out, you can find a Unit Study Sampler on her website for FREE.  This particular one says it is a 5 day study but we spread it out for 2 weeks and it worked just fine.  Just go at your own pace.

The boys also read some great books on some of the more famous volcanoes in history.

Hill of Fire                  Pompeii, Buried Alive!

The big finale for Nate was taking his volcano to our Show and Tell monthly fellowship that we have with our local cover school.  We actually had 2 little boys with homemade volcanoes exploding that day.  Fun Times!!

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Speaking of Show and Tell, this was our last one for the school year so it was extra special for these 2 little ones to meet that day.

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I have to say that we have the BEST cover school and the BEST families to be on this homeschool journey with.  We feel so very blessed that God put us here with all of them. 

I think I have rambled on enough about volcanoes (and a bunch of other stuff too).

What about you?  What fun school activities are you working on these days?
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