Homeschool Mother's Journal 3-26-11

The Homeschool Mother's Journal
In my life this week...
As a community we have been dealing with forest fires all around us. We packed up a suitcase Thursday night in anticipation of being ordered to evacuate. Thankful it did not come to that but the amazing volunteers are still working to get the fire under control. I am currently brainstorming a way to say thank you to all the volunteers who kept our homes safe!!! Any suggestions?!

In our homeschool this week...
We finally got all our curriculum for next year in!!!! I don't think LJ was too thrilled about that but I was cause it means we can get a good 6 weeks done before we break for summer!!! We "promote" in April and get started on the new year. This seems to help bridge the gap of review and when the kids come back from summer break they are ready to start their new year without the dreaded, "but I already know this" attitude. It also helps me get a good idea of how things are going to work in September and I can better gauge the flow of our days!!!

My favorite thing this week was...
Because of the fires, Big Daddy had Friday off so I headed into town to do some serious work at the Resource Room. It was nice to be able to focus on cranking out some crafts and also get the rest of our year written down on paper. I got really excited to see that summer break isn't too far away!!!!

What's working/not working for us...
We are moving into memorizing multiplication facts.  I am confident that LJ knows how to multiply but getting him motivated to memorize his facts isn't going so well. Any suggestions?!?!

Homeschool questions/thoughts I have...
I am finding it hard to set aside time to plan. I'm a planner, I just really need to know where we are going. How do you guys get your planning done?

A photo, video, link, or quote to share...
I found this amazing quote by Rosa Parks and I think it fits me perfectly:
"Stand for something or you will fall for anything. Today's mighty oak is yesterday's nut that held its ground."


Mary said...

Oooooh! I love when new curriculum arrives!!

Beth said...

Thanks for the comments on my blog! :)

I too find it hard to find time to set aside for planning. I am usually doing it at 930 at night, and my brain isn't functioning very well then!

I like the idea of promoting in April, gives them something to look forward to and something to keep them going for the last few weeks!

Beth from

MommyKuehner said...

New follower here from Homeschool Mother's Journal. I love new curriculum:)

We homeschool year round. We have a 6 week on and 1 week off schedule because of our kids special needs. We always have a party at the end of May to celebrate the end of the school year.

Really like your blog, glad to have found it. If you get a chance, drop by our mayheim

Hope all smooths out for you guys this week.