Homeschool Mother's Journal

Seriously, every time I look at the calendar another month has come and gone. I didn’t even realize March was here until the 3rd. With a new month comes a new edition of this journal I’m attempting to keep. In my life this month… I never expected to be one of those crazy party planning moms, but it turns out I am. We are in full sweet-sixteen planning mode. When our oldest girl turned 16 four years ago we seem to have set an expectation at the type of party for the rest of the girls. This month we will be preparing all the decorations, and most importantly searching for a dress, now that the venue is secure. Also, basketball season is coming to an end. As always we’ve enjoyed watching all our girls play and seeing their skills and sportsmanship grow has been a blessing. We will miss traveling for away games and fellowship with other homeschool families, but I’m excited about being back at home on Fridays and Saturdays. In our homeschool this month… We completed our second level of our History Revealed curriculum as scheduled and we will be diving deep into American history and literature. I’m aREAD MORE

Homeschool Mother's Journal

I’m happy to say that after a VERY slow start this year we’re finally back into full school mode, and we’re still having a great time. Here’s what’s happening in our home this month. In my life this month… This month an aunt of mine will be making the 5,000 mile trip from Bolivia to the United States for the first time. She’ll stay in our home for a couple of days and we’re super exited to meet her. Aside from her charm, she’s famous for her cooking skills and we can’t wait to learn from her. In our homeschool this month… We’re reading Shakespeare’s Henry V this month. My girls LOVE to perform so the dramatic readings have been a ton of fun. There’s been talk of building a small stage in the garage for such performances. I’ll keep you posted. Places we’re going and people we’re seeing… Basketball season is upon us so our week days are filled with practice and our weekends with road games from early in the morning, until very late at night. We will be spending a lot of time with other homeschool families as we cheer our teams on. This is one ofREAD MORE

Homeschool Mother's Journal

When I started this blogging journey 4 years ago, my intention was to document where the homeschool adventure had taken us. After taking multiple blogging breaks and finally finding our groove, I’m back to where it all started. I’m joining homeschool bloggers across the web and in sharing our plans, wins and fails every month. In my life this month… Our family spent nearly the entire holiday season stuck at home with the flu, needless to say that home cooked meals were a luxury in December and workouts were non-existent. Now that we are finally virus free, and able to leave the house for groceries; the meal prep extravaganza will take place next week, just in time for a hectic basketball season. In our homeschool this month… We tend to take A LOT of unplanned time off during the holiday season. I’ve spent this first week of the year evaluating our progress and figuring out a game plan for our second semester. Even though history and science are our favorite subjects, they took a back seat last semester. We will be focusing on both this month. Places we’re going and people we’re seeing… We joined a local Wild & Free group last semester,READ MORE

Since I am a working homeschooling mom, my days are busy, and my schedule is demanding not just on me, but on the rest of the family too. With that being said, our days are more structured than most homeschool families. READ MORE

This past weekend we increased our household size by 5. My sisters were out-of-town, so the nieces and the nephew spent a few days with us. I’m really enjoying being an auntie these days, specially because of the new babies. Since my youngest is already 9, it’s been a long time since we’ve had babies in the house. I can absolutely say, that it was more work than I remember.  I don’t think I have the energy for a brand new baby at this age, I’m sure glad I had mine as young as I did On  Monday, we started our last week of homeschool, and at the same time we started our first week of summer school. My niece and nephew will be spending a few mornings a week with us this summer for reading, spelling practice and some writing drills. Since the usually public schooled cousins will be schooling here over the summer, my girls we very exited to participate. We do plan on getting lots of pool time in as well of course! On Wednesday, my son opened up our home for a free summer acting workshop for middle and high school students in our homeschool group. This fall he’llREAD MORE

Our first week of school of 2016 definitely did not go as planned. Fail number 1: Orientation!  On Monday, I had planned on seeing my college kids financial aid advisor to get things finalized and pay an enrollment fee. “It’ll take 1 hour at most”, I said to my father in law as I left him with my girls  in the morning. That would be just enough time to get their independent subjects done. When we arrived on campus, my daughter’s file was not ready, and were told we were late for new student orientation. We were quickly whisked off to get her student ID and ended up rushing home and back to school because she didn’t have any identification on her. In the end, we  didn’t make it back home until 2:45PM, just 15 minutes before my afternoon shift started. Fail number 2: No substitute Tuesday was my “drive in to work day”.  I normally work from home but I do drive in to the office every other Tuesday. No biggie since my husband is off, and takes over homeschooling duties. Wrong again, his work schedule changed, and I forgot to make a note of it. School didn’t start until very late in theREAD MORE