The Home school Mother’s Journal began as a single post on a Friday morning over at The Homeschool Chick, and turned into a link-up for homeschool mothers across the blog-O-sphere to share a piece of their journey with one another each week. The link party is open from Friday to Monday so join me in The Homeschool Journal and lets encourage one another on our homeschool journey.
In my life this week…
In our homeschool this week…
- Rock Candy !! I am so excited. I have been looking for a tutorial on how to do this. I was over at Julie's blog The Homeschool Balancing Act reading her HSMJ and she shared the link Education.com Activities. I decided to take a look and low and behold on the first page was the add. I just hope it is warm enough for our candy to form as we have had some wintry weather sneak in in the middle of summer!
- We watched The Prince and the Pauper. I know this story well but only realized this week that it was written by Mark Twain. I highly recommend this version to watch it is excellent.
- We joined the Summer Reading Challenge at our local library. I discovered some Fitzroy Readers at our library that Sir N could read. First books we have brought home from the library that he could read to me.
- We read The Light at Tern Rockand One Hundred Dresses. Both excellent reads with deep life lessons.
- Be your students dictionary. When your children are writing and ask you how to spell something spell it for them. It is better for them to write it correctly than to improvise and learn the wrong spelling of the word which you then have to spend the next six months helping them "un learn".
- If you are looking for easy crafts to do with your children head on over to All Kids Network and have a look around. There are summer, autumn, winter and spring sections as well as holiday crafts, Animal crafts and general crafts. Worksheets and colouring in pages. Great site to have in your favourites bar.
- Tips for dealing with Homework hassels by Connie over at Women Living Well while this post discusses homework it has some really great tips to equip homeschool moms in teaching their children.
- Courtney's week 2 of The Gentleness Challenge over at Women Living Well. I find it incredibly difficult to be gentle with my tongue / tone when I am frustrated or tired. This post is so encouraging. I feel equipped to grow in the fruit of a gentle tongue after reading this.
- Prayer is a Necessity over at Six Yates Wanderings. These words are so true: " I so desire to do EVERYTHING that I want to do and in the end MY schedule ruins everyone else’s attitude"
- The Way Home based on the inspirational True Story. My heart was in my throat quite a bit as I watch this DVD and I am happy to say it has a very happy ending. I have been so encouraged watching this DVD and think you will be too.
Places we’re going and people we’re seeing…
- Cousin Day was fantastic. We all got too much sun but the fun we had was memorable. Little boys rolling down grass hills, testing how brave they were by walking into deeper water out in the tidal pool and seeing just how fast they could run down a steep hill! Lovely Memories Thank you Miss M for such a lovely idea lets do it again !
- Our Art Co op started again today and we made snow globes. I really struggled to find glycerin to purchase and just found out you can use corn syrup as a substitute over at Snow Globe Craft.
- Today our split system air conditioner was finally replaced just in time for the next heat wave this coming week. I am so grateful.
- Counting down the months, weeks and days
My favorite thing this week was…
- Sitting on the chair with Sir N and reading out loud.
- Listening to Sir N read the first three Fitzroy Readers out loud to me.
- Purchasing my second Kindle book! I was over at Little Homeschool on the Prairie and saw this post: Blessings at the Door and couldn't help myself. This is Jennifer's first published book. I am so excited for her. It is available for purchase on Amazon in Paperback, Hardcover and Kindle. I just couldn't wait for the paperback to come in the mail so now it's on my kindle. I love what I have read so far.
What’s working/not working for us…
- Too many late nights. It's summer and the sun does not set till after 9 pm. We end up being up far too late and I am exhausted.
- I would love to be a part of a once a fortnight blog hop based on The Charlotte Mason Companion. How would I start this ?? I would love to read other peoples insights on the different topics in Karen Andreola's book.
- I am learning to use Artisteer. I love building websites but get frustrated with dealing in code because I do not use it regularly enough to know it well. This software seems to be a WYSIWYG which is great. I think I might try and redisgn my blog since I can't find a rose background that works for me. I found a tutorial on Youtube to make custom backgrounds for blogger. I am keen to watch and learn when things quieten down around here.
- Thanks to Jo over at Princess Warrior Lessons I found out that Blogger now supports threaded commenting, which means that it is now much easier to differentiate between whether someone is making a general comment on the thread, or responding to another comment on the thread. There are two little boxes to set on your blog settings and you are set to go! So Easy.
- The distracted Mom learns to listen over at Finding Joy.I can really identify with this post. I love to learn to read and being a mom but sometimes I just get so carried away that I am missing life. Great post.
- Introducing the Gentleness Challenge by Courtney over at Women Living Well.
- I have been poking around Whole Intentions.
- Rebuilding a Healthy Schedule by Joe Thorn over at joethorn.net
- Gentle Mothering Part 2 by Laurie over at No Place like Home
- Struggles by Nicole over at I'm staying home with my Mom
- Professional Homemaking by Latisha over at Confessions of a "Martha"
- Watermelon Jam (Tutorial to come it's a two day process and today is day two!)
- New mercies each morning.
- The new split system inverter air conditioner that was installed today.
A photo, video, link, or quote to share…
- Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people. -Eleanor Roosevelt
I was blessed by this short movie this week. I was amazed by the hand of the Lord and how He blessed so many people. My heart was touched for all the families in this Vimeo movie.
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