Friday, 20 July 2012

HSMJ - Melbourne Skyline

Melbourne Skyline at 8AM this morning.
In my life this week…
Things have been busy and I am a little tired as this is week seven in school for us.  I usually school for four weeks and then we have a week of holidays.  I am on a slightly tighter schedule due to our recent trip to South Africa and our upcoming trip to Queensland for the solar eclipse so we are schooling for longer periods so that we can have a break at Christmas.
I am excited as it's my birthday this weekend and my family have been scheming about my present ! I have also been feeling a little out of equilibrium as I can't believe I'm turning 40! My time definitely flies and I never quiet saw myself as being here right now.
watched an episode of: Race to the Olympics , Episodes 4 & Episode 5
In our homeschool this week…
  • We have continued with Abeka Math and progressed onto learning to tell the time.
  • Slowly worked our way through Core A.
  • We watched an excellent video called:  Secretariat which is based on a true story.  Really interesting.
  • Listened to the audio book: Nate the Great.
  • I have been looking over the Sonlight website as I am wanting to update my Core B to use with Sir N in the new year and I am looking at using Piano Wizard for him.  
Helpful homeschooling tips or advice to share…

I am inspired by…
  • When Younger Moms are the New Titus 2 Women over at The Good Life. What a well written and balanced post.  I came away encouraged and refreshed.  A woman who has put into words the secret things of my heart and made them not so scary and normal. (Point five spoke volumes to me as I am walking this road at the moment)
Places we’re going and people we’re seeing…
  • This week has marked the beginning of swimming lessons for this term for us.
  • The T family came over to help us celebrate Sir N achieving his Maxi Pink certificate for swimming last week.
  • Paul has been home and we have enjoyed a few free DVDs from the local library.
  • Sir N and I went to the library to find some more books to explore upcoming topics. (Olympics, England, London,)
  • We visited my sister for breakfast this morning :)
  • We are counting the days till we leave to explore Australia and see a solar eclipse in Queensland.

My favorite thing this week was…
  • Seeing how excited Sir N was to go with his Dad to shop for a birthday gift for me. 

What’s working/not working for us…
  • Moving all the books off the shelf in the lounge back into the rumpus room and then using this space to store all the library books we have brought home from the library.

Questions/thoughts I have…
  • Do you have a Pinterest ?  If so please leave a link in the comments so I can pop on over and follow some of your boards.
Things I’m working on…
  • Reorganising my Pinterest boards so I can more easily find my pins.  Some of my boards are far to broad in the subject area.
I’m reading…
I’m cooking…
  •  Milk Tart
  • Lamb shank casserole.
  • My own chicken stock.  This was fun I did it overnight in my crock pot.
On Pinterest I found...
  • Christine has a great variety of Homeschool boards. 
  • Tiffany @ The Learning Effect.
  • Marci Cawley has some wonderful Homeschool boards for you to browse and pin from.

I’m grateful for…
  • Lori over at Always Learning and her encouraging posts.  On Monday I read: Is He really that Bad ?  Great reminder to us as wives and mothers to make our homes a sanctuary.

A photo, video, link, or quote to share…
“In discussing preparation, may I also encourage you to avoid a temptation that faces almost every teacher . . . That is the temptation to cover too much material, the temptation to stuff more into the hour—or more into the students—than they can possibly hold!” - Elder Jeffrey R.



This post is linking to:
Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers


  1. These posts are always so interesting, Chareen. I enjoyed reading Beverley Paine's article - she always seems so sensible.

    I'm still amazed by how much you do and the variety you have in your weeks. Your family sound like homeschooling naturals, Chareen - it's inspiring to read about how you spend your days.

    God bless, Chareen :-)

    1. Thank you Vicki. I love surfing and reading and learning :)

      Blessings to you too.

      PS Loving your photography posts

  2. Have a great birthday even if it is the big 40! Remember your only as old as you tell people! Haha

    1. That's definately a keeper. Thanks I had a wonderful birthday :)

  3. Thanks for all the great links! I'm going to be checking some of those out.

    1. You are welcome :) Enjoy and be blessed

  4. I was sort of stunned to fin myself turning 40 last year, too. :D

    1. :) Well that would make us kindred spirits as Anne of Greengables would say :)

  5. Great post! Hope you have a wonderful week ahead and that your birthday is wonderful! ;)

    1. Thank you Jenni :) I had a wonderful birthday :) I was surprised with a birthday party :)

  6. Happy Birthday, Chareen! I hope you enjoy your time with family:)

    Love the link to the Twaddle Free Literature list! I was just looking for something like that as we pick our next read aloud. Thanks!

    1. Thank you Jenn I had a wonderful day with family and friends who also surprised me with a party the night before. I feel so very blessed.

      What have you chosen to read out loud next ?


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