Friday, 16 March 2012

HSMJ 18 - Behind the scenes Gorilla Visit

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 home school this week…
Helpful homeschooling tips or advice to share…
I am inspired by…
  • Homeschool in Freedom: Throwing Out the Rules by Susan Lemons over at Home preschool and beyond. Excellent encouraging article that makes you think about your preconceived rules of homeschooling. do you need to follow them ??
    Here is a sneak peek: Many homeschoolers, especially new homeschoolers, live under a self-imposed set of “rules” based on their perceptions of what homeschooling should be. These unspoken “rules” are often based on our experiences with public schools. These “rules” often hurt us and our kids...... Make sure you head on over and take a read and be encouraged.

Places we’re going and people we’re seeing…
  • On Monday we spent the afternoon at the Steamrail Open Day looking at vintage trains.
  • Tuesday saw us go on a midnight adventure in the sea.
  • Wednesday saw us sleep in and go to a friends house for a play date and some origami.
  • Thursday was my Dad's Birthday and we did a short trip to the library to collect many reserved titles.
  • Friday we went to WORZ to visit the three gorilla's behind the scenes to finish off our Expedition Earth Nigeria Unit (definitely a great perk for being married to a Zoo Keeper).
  • Counting down the months, weeks and days

My favorite thing this week was…
  • Listening to Sir N giggle as he watched an original version of The Three Little Pigs.

What’s working/not working for us…
  • LATE bed times .....
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
3 Thrown Away 0 2
0 Sold 0 0
170 Donated 0 0
3 Returned to their owner 5 8

Running Total out of the goal 2012


Questions/thoughts I have…
  • What are some fun interesting FREE things you have done with your children ?
Things I’m working on…
I’m reading…
I’m cooking…
I’m grateful for…
  •  Friends who encourage me with fun food and fellowship.

A photo, video, link, or quote to share…
  • Laziness may appear attractive, but work gives satisfaction. - Anne Frank 
We went to see the gorilla's behind the scenes at Werribee Open Range Zoo


This post is linking to:

Linking with
Grateful for Grace: What We're Learning


  1. I love how you're cooking what goes with your studies! We're going to try that next year...combining World History and Culture with "Food Around the World". It should I have a couple picky eaters! LOL

    1. Mine are a picky eaters to but I decided if they don't want to eat good wholesome food they may choose to fast :-)

      It's been fun trying new flavours.

  2. Late bedtimes don't work for us either! I love the Throwing out the Rules article - thanks for sharing.

    1. I agree with you about the Throwing out the rules article it's great

  3. Carla,
    Thank-you for linking to my blog. I hope the posts about "breaking all the rules" are encouraging to your readers! I also hope that those moms with younget children, especially preschoolers, will spend a little time looking around there.
    Susan Lemons
    Author, Homepreschool and Beyond

    1. Thank you for writing the great article. It's soo good to be encouraged as homeschool mothers.

  4. I've thought about that often lately, the preconceived notions we have about what schooling ought to look like, simply because we are still stuck in the public school box mentally.

    And we're trying to move bedtimes up a bit here, too. Our kids are older, so they don't really need to be in bed early, but my husband gets up at 4:30AM, so he needs more sleep! Trying to figure out practical logistics for all that!

    1. I have been homeschooling for over 14 years now and every now and then I still catch myself using the school mentality. It's a good remider isn't it to think about why we are doing what we are doing

      I need to back up Sir N's bed time. It's so much better for him and I when he goes to bed earlier.

      I have two teens who are 16 & 18 and they tend to burn the midnight oil which can try my husbands patience as he gets up early for work and they then sleep. We are still trying to find the healthy balance especially because he works on a rotating roster so I can't say right bed by 11 M-F. One day I will conquer it though.

  5. Wow a trip to Africa, that is so cool!! I need to get better and surrounding my kids with the culture of what we are learning. It can be very hard to do cooking on a budget. How do you find recipes and such for a culture or country?

    1. Our cooking budget is pretty tight too so I look for recipes that contain ingredients I already have in the pantry.

      I spend a while on Google searching for them

  6. Thanks for your link to the iPads for education site...that looks like a great resource!

  7. There is so much in this post- I'll have to come back and check out some of your links. I am looking forward to reading that article and I love using our iPad for school so I will check those out as well. Thanks!


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