Friday, February 11, 2011

Homeschool Mother’s Journal ~ Entry #4

The Homeschool Chick

In my life this week…

Sunday was a warm{er}, sunny day…but since then the weather has gotten increasingly grayer and colder.  Needless to say this has been a “stay inside and keep warm” kind of week :). 

The sore throat that hit ds9 last week struck dd6 and ds4 this week.  Ds4 and I stayed home from a SuperBowl gathering at a friend’s house on Sunday because he had a fever.  And on Tuesday I looked over to find dd6 asleep on the couch…in the middle of the day!  That is definitely not a regular occurrence around here :). 

In our homeschool this week…

The kiddos and I have been plugging away at the three r’s.  Dd6 is really coming along in her reading/spelling program.  She is very close to finishing up the first level of All About Spelling, and her reading has greatly improved over the past couple of weeks.

We also started a new read-aloud {The Apprentice}, and we’re reading a missionary biography at lunchtime {Gladys Aylward}.   

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

The two older kiddos and dh spent Sunday afternoon at a friend’s house watching the SuperBowl.  Well, dh watched most of it, ds9 watched some of it, and dd6 spent the whole time playing with her friend :).  Ds4 and I spent the evening at home because of his fever.

We headed out to Truth Squad on Thursday evening {our church’s scripture memory program}.  After the devotion, the kiddos had a fun time with their friends decorating and then eating heart-shaped cookies {a special combined craft/snack time}.

My favorite thing this week was…

Cuddling with dh on the couch, watching library dvds of Lark Rise to Candleford episodes after the kiddos went to bed.  One of my favorite bloggers mentioned this series on her blog a couple weeks ago, I checked it out of the library and now I am hooked {and so is dh :)}.

What’s Working/Not Working for us…

Winter is not working for us right now :)  I really can’t complain, the snow is starting to melt around here, and we haven’t gotten slammed like we did last year…but I am SO ready for spring and warm weather and sunshine :)

Homeschool questions/thoughts I have…

I am quite content with most of the resources that we are using this year…as I make out my lists for next year there are only a couple of changes that I am contemplating:

  • handwriting ~ we have been using Getty-Dubay Italics since the beginning, but ds9 seems to be having a hard time with it lately, especially since he’s switched to cursive. 
  • writing ~ {I mentioned this one last week}  I am considering adding IEW into the mix next year {for ds9}, using it in addition to WWE.
  • science ~ Do we continue with Apologia’s Elementary series {I just got a great deal on Flying Creatures of the Fifth Day} or look into some other science curriculums {I’ve heard very good things about Nancy Larson Science}.

A photo to share…


A much-anticipated review item arrived on our doorstep this week and ds4 indulged his mama by posing with our new pile of books :).


Wendy62 said...

Adorable photo. That is a beautiful smile!

Rebecca said...

LOVE your cute picture! Sorry your little one was sick! so hard, isn't it?
Handwriting, I have been using Handwriting without Tears for manuscript and Queens Homeschool for cursive with my third grader. My dd begs for HWT....she loves it. I do not like their cursive...and the Queen homeschool books all help with character, it's so many lessons wrapped into one! We read The Apprentice a few weeks ago (great book!) and we read Gladys Aylward last year...LOVED IT! Sounds like we have similar paths!! Many following you from The Homeschool Chick.


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