Friday, October 28, 2011

The Homeschool Mother's Journal

The Homeschool Mother's Journal

In my life this week…  Here in Central PA we do things a little differently.  Trick-or-Treat is always on the Thursday before Halloween.  Strange ... I know.  I grew up here so it is normal to me but I have come to realize that it is abnormal.  So, we had trick-or-treat last night.  It was cold but it did stop raining, so that was a plus.  I actually sent my hubby out with the kids and I stayed to hand out candy.  It was much warmer in the house!  I'm not sure if I believe the news but they say it supposed to snow tomorrow!  Snow in October!!  Should be an interesting soccer game tomorrow.  Hoping that it's cancelled ...
In our homeschool this week… Things are going well.  We did several Science experiments and ended with a test today.  B got an A!  He was very excited!!  We still have trouble with word problems but I love to see the happiness when he gets one right.  When he gets one right on his own, it lifts him up and he wants to try more.  It is awesome! 
Helpful homeschooling tips or advice to share…  I am a newbie so it feels strange to give advice.  But one thing that I have learned is to be flexible.  Everything doesn't have to be done in one day and things can change monthly daily.
Places we’re going and people we’re seeing…  We have two hockey games out near Philly this weekend so we are staying overnight.  My daughters birthday is next week and she has been asking to get her ears pierced for the past year.  In between hockey games we are going to the King of Prussia mall for ear piercing and of course we have to hit the Hello Kitty store.  E loves Hello Kitty. 
I’m reading…  I read Sign of the Beaver (B is reading it now) and loved it.  I am having as much fun reading all the great books as B is!  Now we are reading Carry on, Mr. Bowditch and loving it as well.  Sonlight really chooses awesome books!
I’m grateful for…  Homeschooling ... I am amazed at the change in B.  Not only in his personality, he seems much happier, but also in his feelings about reading.  He is reading White Fang on his own right now and likes it so much that he got Call of The Wild at the library yesterday.  I was looking at some books online and I showed him Where the Red Fern Grows.  He got excited and asked if we could get it!  This is such an amazing transformation from before homeschooling!!!  If you would have told me that B would be devouring books 6 months ago, I would have thought you were crazy. 
I’m praying for…  Our country.  Family members that are going through loss.  A dear friend that is pregnant (for a healthy pregnancy). 
A photo, video, link, or quote to share…
My two hockey players and baseball player.  And yes, both the hockey players wanted black eyes ... a little make up magic.
Just so everyone knew that she was still a princess ... just one that you don't want to mess with ... E including fun knee socks and a Hello Kitty bag with her hockey costume.

This was the same girl that was a fairy princess last year.  Complete with ankle length pink tutu and crown.  She hasn't changed ... it's just her.  A girlie girl that will get down in the dirt to play with sparkly shoes on.  And I wouldn't change her for the world!! :-)



  1. I have a similar girly girl who gets down and dirty - LOVE it! And as another newbie homeschooler, I've learned things change daily, too. Makes life interesting as it's always changing.

  2. @Becca
    It definitely makes things interesting but also relaxing to know that if things don't work they can be changed! :-)

  3. It sounds like B is thriving on homeschooling! You must be thrilled. :)

  4. I know how excited it can be when your child finally decides that reading is great. I went through that same thing with my son. He reads everything now. We read Sign of the Beaver last year & loved it, well listened to the audio. We read Where the Red Fern Grows at the beginning of this year & my DS says that is his favorite book now.

  5. I love that B is reading as much as he is now. The best part is that it isn't a battle!


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