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Sunday, July 17, 2011

Home School Mother's Journal

The Homeschool Mother's Journal
In our homeschool this week… We talked about Brazil and The Rainforest (In science class they are studying animal  habitats), I learned some interesting things, lily pads in the Amazon Rainforest can grow to be 6ft in diameter!  That's some crazy big lily pads!  Apparently everything there grows larger than average due to the climate and lush vegetation.  Another reason I love home schooling because I am learning too! (Check out my little passports - Brazil post!)  We made a Rain forest Diorama too, it was lots of fun!
I am inspired by…So many of you, I love going through all the blogs of my fellow home schooling moms and gathering ideas!  Technology is great, isn't it?  
Places we’re going and people we’re seeing… we actually have a pretty empty schedule next week.  We have a co-op planning meeting on Tuesday(let me tell you this co-op planning is stressful, some days I wonder if it's worth it; I've rescheduled this meeting numerous times b/c no one can ever make it).  Science class on Thursday.  C and Q are both testing for karate on Saturday.  C for his yellow and Q for his orange.  I tested for my Orange this past week, I did horrible...but I passed (humiliated myself, but passed) and that's it!  
My favorite thing this week was… My massage!  For my birthday this month, I asked Q if I could start using my groupons (and other of the like) that I have been acquiring, so I got a massage this week, next week I'm getting my hair cut (FINALLY!) and the next week is a mani & pedi!  I still have 2 more massages on hold!  
Questions/thoughts I have…How do you find balance??  Since I am new to full-time homeschooling, I'm having trouble juggling it all...I know I just need to get more organized...what are your tips?
Things I’m working on…My craft to do list is growing longer and longer, but I find that most of my spare time (what little I have) is spent on prepping for school and working on building my blog and businesses.  I really need to get caught up on some scrapbooking and sewing!
I’m reading…I don't think I've picked up the book I was reading in well over a week, may be time to just move on to a new one. 
A photo, video, link, or quote to share… ‎"If we have a heart to learn and a willingness to follow the example of children, their divine attributes can hold a key to unlocking our own spiritual growth."
--Jean A. Stevens, "Become as a Little Child", April 2011 General Conference


  1. Isn't it fun to learn with your kids? My kids think it's neat that I don't know something! LOL

    Juggling it all? Well, you can't do everything. It's releasing to understand that. My house will never be "Martha Stewart". LOL I divide our day into mornings for school, afternoons for activities and friends, and evenings for family and chores. It helps to limit activities outside with this schedule because I like signing us up for everything. LOL I also keep a schedule written on a white board with school assignments and chores that is erased as completed. Hang in there! It gets easier the more you do it!

  2. I agree with your concern if co-ops are worth it. We did a lot of co-ops last year, and I found that by the end it became more and more stressful and started to inch out the things I wanted to do just with my kids. This year we are restructuring with our other co-op friends. I'm not planning on being involved in as many because I'd really like to focus on finding a successful schedule and incorporating more Charlotte Mason style learning.

    I'd recommend determining what your goals are for your family and for your schoolyear. It is possible to have too much of a good thing, which is what I started to find with our various co-op options. I'm finding that it is okay to say No to activities that don't fit into our schedule/plan. Good luck!

  3. I am working full time, so balancing is even more important. I have decided on not trying to boil the ocean and focus on most important things. Right now it's all about enjoying outdoors while doing a project there and an experiment here and reading quality books.


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