Friday 2 March 2012

HSMJ {16} of reading and blog buttons

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 made Paper Snowflakes.
  • Spent a light week on school as I was sick.
  • We watched The Secret Life of Plants.
  • We started a Printable Lenten Calendar for Kids.
  • I ♥♥ doing a Jesse Tree at Christmas and this week Collette shared her Jesus Tree over at The Art of Being Mama. The Jesus Tree is a continuation of the Jesse Tree and used during Lent to retell the story of the Life of Jesus.
  • Got our learning spaces in order.
Helpful homeschooling tips or advice to share…
  • Remember your home school planner / Instructor Guide is your SERVANT not your MASTER YOU dictate the daily happenings not the guide !!!!
I am inspired by…

Places we’re going and people we’re seeing…

My favorite thing this week was…
  • Listening to Mr T play and build train tracks with Sir N

What’s working/not working for us…
  • Having a specific library book box.  I don't have to hunt the whole house down to find that missing library book anymore.
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 it will definitely help me de-clutter.
What  This Week Balance
2 Thrown Away 0 2
0 Sold 0 0
0 Donated 0 0
1 Returned to their owner 2 3

Running Total out of the goal 2012


Questions/thoughts I have…
  • I have been reading and listening to: Read, read, read, read to your children over at I Take Joy and wondering how much time do you spend reading to your children each day ?  How old were your children when you stopped reading to them ?
    Twenty Minutes a Day
    by Richard Peck
    Read to your children
    Twenty minutes a day;
    You have the time,
    And so do they.
    Read while the laundry is in the machine;
    Read while the dinner cooks;
    Tuck a child in the crook of your arm
    And reach for the library books.
    Hide the remote,
    Let the computer games cool,
    For one day your children will be off to school;
    Remedial? Gifted? You have the choice;
    Let them hear their first tales
    In the sound of your voice.
    Read in the morning;
    Read over noon;
    Read by the light of
    Goodnight Moon.
    Turn the pages together,
    Sitting close as you'll fit,
    Till a small voice beside you says,
    "Hey, don't quit."
Things I’m working on…
  • A blog button for A Charlotte Mason Companion Blog Hop I would like to host starting on the 21st of  March 2012.
  • Gathering books at the library to do Egypt in Expedition Earth next week with Sir N.
I’m reading…
I’m cooking…
  • Home Made Pizza
  • Macaroni and Cheese.
  • Mince and rice.
  • Gluten Free Cup Cakes.
I’m grateful for…
  •  A husband who is faithful and supports me in so many different ways.

A photo, video, link, or quote to share…


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  1. Thanks for sharing your week with us! God bless

  2. We're also doing the Lenten countdown chart from Catholic Icing. I hadn't seen the Jesse Tree though. We might have to look into that.

    The 2012 in 2012 sounds like something I might be able to get my kids on board with as a family challenge. That's another one to look into for sure!

    1. I have a few things sitting in my hallway that need to be donated :) Hopefully the week ahead will pose more opportunity to do so :)

      Am enjoying the countdown too. I want to laminate mine and use it again next year :)

  3. oh, I am so happy that Nick got married! He is an awesome young man!! :) thanks for sharing,

  4. I loved that poem about reading to children. I so often forget to do that, but I am really trying to make more of a effort each day. I have noticed a huge difference in their desire to want to read too.

    1. I agree. It has inspired me to invest more time reading with Sir N we sort of got out of the habit ....

  5. The Secret Life of Plants. IS this a show or on Netflix? Sounds like something I'd like to track down. Thanks for stopping by my blog!

    1. I don't know if Netflix has this. Sorry :-/
      You are welcome.

  6. This is a*beautiful* post Chareen -chock fill of good things. I was SO happy to read about Nick's marriage! That man is such an inspiration.
    smiles & blessings,

  7. I am doing the Lenten calendar with my children, as well! :-) The Jesus tree sounds like a wonderful idea. I am always looking for new and different things to make the Lenten season more memorable. Thanks for visiting my blog, and for your kind comments. Hope you had a blessed Sunday!


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