Friday 20 January 2012

Homeschool Mothers Journal {10}

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 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.
Helpful homeschooling tips or advice to share…
  • 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.
I am inspired by…
  • 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.
Questions/thoughts I have…
  • 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.
Things I’m working on…
  • 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.
I’m reading…
I’m cooking…
  •  Watermelon Jam (Tutorial to come it's a two day process and today is day two!)
I’m grateful for…
  •  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.


This post is linking to:
Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers and The Homeschool Chick pop on over to read what other homeschool Moms are doing. (Will update these links as soon as the linky is up later today)


  1. Chareen, you had a busy week. That is awesome you are going to South Africa. I love the opportunities homeschooling gives our kids!

    1. It has been a busy week. I can't wait to go home for a visit. It's been ten years since we went back and I am looking forward to catching up with family.

      so true. I think we sometimes forget the opportunities we are making available to our families.

  2. Wow, you are busy! I love all of the links that you share - I have so much to learn as I am so very early in homeschooling (my son is two) but I've taken much inspiration from reading the blogs of other homeschoolers. I love it when I find one that is so full of useful links and resources.

    You are the second person this morning that I've seen mention Charlotte Mason. Now I need to go educate myself on what that is.

    1. Hi Jenn.
      It has been a busy week. I am pleased the links were of help to you.
      Have you managed to find information on Charlotte Mason yet ?

  3. I love the link to the video "How an abortion saved the lives of many".

    1. I did too. I couldn't stop watching once I had started.

  4. What a busy, fun-filled week, Chareen! The library offers so many programs and opportunities for children.

    I can't wait to hear all about your trip! How exciting. :-)

    Hope you have a great weekend!
    Many blessings,

    1. I am really excited about this trip. It's been nearly 10 years since we have been to SA. I am looking forward to seeing my sister and her family.

      I have had a great weekend thanks. Yesterday was filled with wonderful fellowship with two homeschool families.

  5. You amaze me each week with the wealth of resources and wisdom you share! I am so blessed to be included in those resources. Thank you:)
    I haven't made it through all the links yet, but the snow globes are so cute.

    Glad that you got the air fixed- our heat was out briefly this week when the temps were in the teens.

    The quote you shared from Eleanor Roosevelt is new to's one I'd like to display somewhere. I keep toying with the idea of creating a wall of inspirational quotes somewhere upstairs:)

    1. Hi Jen

      I read your book yesterday and really enjoyed the life lesson. I have asked my husband to read it out loud to Sir N this coming week!
      The air con was most welcome today as the teperature was over 30'C.

      The wall with quotes sounds interresting. Would love to read some of your other quotes you have collected.


  6. So thankful for your post, this afternoon! So many helpful links!

  7. I'm glad you found some fun on the link. And the Prince and the Pauper was written by Twain?? Really? I didn't know that. I hope you have a great week!

  8. We have a hard time sleeping in summer, too, since it's light so late for us, too.

    1. :) I must confess I enjoy the stillness of the night too if only I didn't need to be up early I would be a night owl that's for sure


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