Homeschool Mother’s Journal: August 31, 2013

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In our homeschool this week…

Tuesday was our first homeschool day for the 2013-2014 school year. I was pleasantly surprised at how smoothly things went–it really made me feel like my summer of planning and preparing was worthwhile!

We are using quite a few new-to-us courses this year, and so far I am happy with most of our curriculum choices. The only one I am really dissatisfied with is PA history. We’re going to continue the course because the options are extremely limited, but I will definitely not be using this course again. Anyone have any recommendations for a fantastic PA history curriculum?

Interestingly, even though we have a comfortable schoolroom, most of the kids prefer to take their work to the living room.

First Day of School

{Collage Friday}

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

We were able to get together with our homeschool group this week. We packed a lunch and met at a small local park–fun! We moms spent the afternoon chatting and making field trip plans while our kiddos enjoyed playing together.

My favorite thing this week was…

I loved seeing Weston’s face light up while he was working on his first day of kindergarten! I can’t imagine missing out on these moments with him.

I’m cooking…

I’ve been trying to make as many meals in the slow cooker as possible. After a busy homeschool day, I just don’t feel like spending hours in the kitchen, you know? So we’ve been trying some new slow cooker recipes. Our favorite so far? Slow Cooker Lasagna!

Slow Cooker Lasagna

I’m grateful for…

I’m so thankful that we still have the freedom to homeschool in the United States. Hearing about the tragic situation that the Wunderlich family is facing in Germany makes me more aware of what a privilege we have.


  1. Thanks for sharing about your week! Praying for the German families! Stopping by from The Hoggatt Homeschool!

  2. I would like to echo your sentiments of support towards the Wunderlich family. It is an appalling way to treat a loving family and we are outraged.

    Your blog is a positive picture to inspire home-educators, nice work Judy
    regards and kia ora from New Zealand

    • I believe ALL homeschoolers should be concerned, not only for this terrible situation with the Wunderlich family, but for the erosion of homeschooling freedoms that this tragedy signals. It is indeed appalling that any family could be treated this way!

      Thank you so much for your kind encouragement as well–it means a lot! :-)

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