Saturday, 18 February 2012

Homeschool Mother's Journal {14} - 2012 items in 2012

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…
  • We watched how a billiard table is recovered. The table is a family heirloom item and has been passed down through the generations.  It was my Great Grandfathers, Grandfathers, Fathers and has been in my care for a few years.  Can't wait to play.  We inherited some miniature skittles for the table.  I can't find the rules for the game.  Do you know anything about it ??
  • Went swimming in the outdoor pool
  • Went Strawberry Picking.
  • The Scale of the Universe.  Thanks to Susan for sharing this link.  Give it a few seconds to load and then have a look at how small / big you are in relation to the known universe.  Lots of fun. 
  • Continued listening to Jonathan Park Vol 1 The Adventure Begins.  I am really enjoying these stories. There are HomeSchool lessons available and Behind the Scenes video clips available, and some YouTube clips to watch. The stories are from a young earth creation point of view.
Helpful homeschooling tips or advice to share…
  • For those of you who enjoy GA Henty novels many of the titles are currently free for your Kindle on Amazon.
  • For Christian Kindle Books on a Budget head on over to Inspired I managed to get a book written by Dr Kevin Leman I have been wanting for free this week.
  • Harmony Art Mom she has so many great posts that add richness to homeschooling.  It is well worth having a look at all the different Blog Categories.
  • The Scale of the Universe. by Carry Huang.  Thanks to Susan for sharing this link.
I am inspired by…

Places we’re going and people we’re seeing…
  • On Wednesday we went swimming at the heated outdoor pool
  • Today we are going to a friends to enjoy a family friendly movie night and watch The Secrets of Johnathan Sperry
  • Paul and I went to Archery at Arrows Plus. It was heaps of fun and I am seriously considering doing a course I enjoyed it so much ... 
  • Tonight we are packing a picnic and going to enjoy the Rythm of Africa event at Werribee Open Range Zoo with another family.
  • Counting down the months, weeks and days
My favorite thing this week was…
  • Enjoying handpicked strawberries and cream ......

What’s working/not working for us…
  • Getting up super early and doing my bible study / blog  and exercise before Sir N wakes at 7 am.
2012 in 2012
  • Read about this idea over at Behind the Scenes and was really intrigued.  I think I will give it a go.  Won't make 2012 I don't think but will definately help me declutter.
  • Thrown away 2 bags of paper from the office
  • Sold - Nil
  • Donated - Nil
  • Returned to their owner - 1
  • Running total = 3
Questions/thoughts I have…
  • I am still on the lookout for a new blog design.  I have found one over at The Cutest Blog on the Block I think I might like. I tried it on my practice blog.  What do you think ?? There is something missing in the banner.  What do you think it needs ?  I want a rose themed background.  Can you suggest anything for me ??
Things I’m working on…
  • Reading and researching the Old Testament.  I am in Leviticus now.
  • My aim is to start working towards my goals.  I was given Wii Active and decided to try out the 30 day challenge.  Boy every muscle ached this morning ....  
  • Just sent in our passport renewal forms this morning.  Can't wait.  Don't like the photo's. I must agree with my daughter passport photo's look like mugshots now ..... 
  • Labels for my cables
  • A Timeline of my homeschool journey.  This post has been inspired by the next post for the Aussie Not Back to School Blog Hop which I hope to have up by tomorrow afternoon. 
I’m reading…
For my bookshelf ...
I’m cooking…
  • Yesterday I tried a new recipe from my Simply Heaven cook book - Risotto Primavera. (Just discovered the book is available on line!)
  • Some weeks cooking and cooking can be such a dreary thankless task.  I was inspired by this short post this week: The Kitchen Martyr over at The Legacy of Home.
I’m grateful for…
  •  Strong christian friends who are like minded.  It's so good to go out together and enjoy life.

A photo, video, link, or quote to share…
  •  "It is the duty of those who have the charge of families to look well to the ways of their household.  The affectation of state and the love of ease make many families neglected." - Mathew Henry


This post is linking to:
Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers and The Homeschool Chick pop on over to read what other homeschool Moms are doing.


  1. WOW! Fresh strawberries sound wonderful. Thanks for all the great links.

  2. Hi Chareen,
    Was the Sperry movie good? I hope to go to the movies with my Falcon (14yods) more regularly this year. We went and watched Journey 2- Mysterious Island and it was great!

    1. Hi Susan.

      The Sperry Movie is excellent. It is full of important life lessons. I give it a 10/5 ! Well worth seeing.

      Haven't heard of Journey 2 Mysterious Island. I'll need to look it up.


  3. Fresh strawberries already. You are blessed! Our family enjoyed the movie Sperry too. It was great.

    1. it was a great blessing. I am pleased my sister thought of it :)

  4. Thanks Chareen! All my dc have read the book so I'll keep an eye out for it at the cinema!

    1. I don't know if it will be at the cinema. I purchased my copy from Koorong.

  5. I find getting up super early is the only way for me to get quiet time with God, too.

  6. Strawberries and Cream?! Sounds delicious:)
    Great many new things to check out!
    I love the new blog design! I don't think anything is missing at all in the header. Can you make Every Bed of Roses larger in font?
    Blessings for a wonderful week:)

  7. We went to the size of the universe site this week too! Isn't it incredible to see and compare??



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