The Homeschool Mother’s Journal (1-25)

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The Homeschool Mother's Journal

In my life this week…

It seems that I’ve spent my week on the road this week. That’s not a typical week for us.

Weston had a doctor’s appointment. Kaylee had a chiropractor appointment. We needed to return Devin’s broken unicycle via UPS. (Would you believe that the UPS office is only open from 8am-10am and 5pm-8pm? Nope, I wouldn’t have either–until I had to make a second trip!) Then Kendra got sick and I had to make a special trip to get her more ibuprofen.

Definitely one of “those” weeks!

I’ve also been thinking and working my way through the ebook Paperless Home Organization. I highly recommend this ebook–and I’m giving away a copy, too!

In our homeschool this week…

This week I ended up reducing assignments for most of the kids . . . more than once. I can definitely tell you that going somewhere every day of the week is not conducive to homeschooling.

We did manage to cover the basics, though. One of the highlights of the week for me was hearing Brandon say that his chemistry problems were “easy.” Thanks, Apologia!

The three older children started a new writing lesson (IEW). Although they tend to moan and groan, their writing style has definitely improved this school year. We’re moving on to IEW’s Elegant Essay after we finish SWI-B.

Weston is asking to learn to read, so I’ll be ordering him some materials this weekend. He is also writing all over–well, he has actually learned not to write on the walls. (The bathroom wall still shows some of his writing practice, though!)

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

The pediatrician. The chiropractor. The UPS guy.  Three pharmacies. Nothing exciting.

I’m cooking…

Hamburger Vegetable Soup–perfect meal for this super-cold weather!

How was your homeschool week?


  1. I’m sad that we didn’t continue Apologia for Biology this year. While my oldest is doing just fine with it, I think buying Apologia with the lab kit would’ve made things much, much easier for us. Scrounging up lab supplies has been such a frustration! Stick with Apologia! LOL

    Oh, and my bathroom wall has some practice writing on it too. ::sigh:: LOL My youngest wrote his name by the TP roll dispenser…and then said his sister did it. LOL Suuuurrre! 😉

    • Jessy, the lab kit is a MUST for us. Otherwise I will never remember to gather the things that we need! We are enjoying Apologia chemistry–it’s very understandable.
      And what’s up with our kiddos writing on the bathroom wall? LOL

  2. Tammy Grubaugh says:

    Our week has been pretty good. We got a good amount accomplished and stayed pretty organized. I started using some free domain science and history books from Old fashioned Education Website for my son to read and write a summary and that is a bit scary because that kind of curriculum is uncharted territory for me.

  3. I’ve been really intrigued by the ideas in Paperless Home Organization, too. I’ve never liked Remember the Milk, though, so I’m trying to find a suitable substitute for it. And hi, I wandered over here from the Homeschool Mother’s Journal link up :)

  4. It’s so refreshing to read your blog post. I’ve have many weeks like these. With several (one with special needs), we have doctors’ appointments, orthodontist, speech therapies, and the list goes on. There are always errand to run, too, like your UPS story.
    My oldest daughter has been wanting a unicycle, too. I’m going to be looking on Craigslist. Maybe we can pick up a used one.
    You know, oftentimes my kids grab their apologia book and do their science in the car, too. It’s a good thing it’s such an easy read. Our 2 oldest are in 10th and 11th. So I chose to do the Anatomy with both of them this year. We love Apologia.
    IEW is an excellent writing program that I’ve also used with my kids. Now that my daughter is in 11th grade and needs to start preparing for her SATs, I’m going to be signing her up for Time4Writing. I’ve heard great things about them. So we’re going to try it out for the SAT Writing Course.
    Well, thanks for being transparent. It’s good to know I’m not the only one having crazy days where I wonder if we’re homeschooling or carschooling. :)

    • I’m so glad I’m not the only one that occasionally spends the better part of a week on the road! We’ll be starting orthodontics in March, so I’ll be adding that in to the mix.
      What do you think of Apologia’s anatomy course? It sounds so interesting to me, but I’m not sure what my kids would think. :-)
      My oldest is also in 11th grade, but he is not college-bound, so we haven’t had to prepare for SATs. My turn will come in a couple years with my second oldest, who is considering college.
      Thanks so much for stopping by–your comments were an encouragement to me!

  5. Oh, I know THOSE weeks! I just hope you are all feeling 100% very soon – and I’m so glad you have the flexibility to make it work for you! Sometimes I think about what “those weeks” were like when my daughter was in public school and I think – how on earth did I survive? At least this way, the ability to adapt is built in! :)

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