The Homeschool Mother’s Journal (10-5)

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The Homeschool Mother's Journal

In my life this week…

This has been a week of balancing. I know I’m not alone in this balancing act–multitasking and planning ahead are just part of being a mother, right? But for now, I’m trying to focus on simplifying and streamlining things as much as possible. Any tips?

In our homeschool this week…

We had another productive homeschool week, and for that I’m grateful. The children are all making steady measurable progess, and I’m managing to keep up with everyone. This is a feat in itself, when we’re talking about chemistry and the like! :-)

And speaking of chemistry . . . I am so excited that I’m actually understanding Brandon’s lessons! (Thanks, Apologia!) We’ve been studying temperature, heat, specific heat capacity, and calorimetry, along with several heat-related equations. Throw in all the rules for significant digits, and things start to get a bit complicated. Still, I’m enjoying the challenge, and Brandon is doing very well with all the new material we’ve covered.

Apologia chemistry experiment

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

We recently went to see some real live elk at a viewing center not too far from our home. There just aren’t words to describe how awesome it was to see these huge animals up close! We got to see at least two large bull elk, each with a group of females, plus several young ones as well. The two bulls were trumpeting back and forth quite a bit during the evening–amazing!

Bull elk

Watching the elk

If you look carefully, you can see part of an elk just beyond the tree in front of  Keaton and Kendra–it’s only a few yards away!

What’s working/not working for us…

I’ve finally started allowing Devin to score his own PACEs. I had always done the scoring myself as a means of keeping tabs on his self-directed study. I must say that it has been wonderful to have him take on that responsibility, and it is working well for both of us!

I’m grateful for…

  • the abundance with which our family is blessed
  • a new bread mixer to replace my broken KitchenAid (and freshly-baked whole-wheat bread!)
  • a wonderful church family

A photo, video, link, or quote to share…


Kendra cooking on her “stove”


  1. carole hoch says:

    Enjoyed the update…but can’t see the elk I was supposed to be able to see….lol My eyes are getting too bad I guess. Nice pictures. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Wow, the elk are amazing! You were so close to them! :-) I love the photo of Kendra “cooking.” Too, too precious. I’m glad the Apologia Chemistry is going so well for you. My oldest is doing it this year, too. He seems to be enjoying it, as well. :-) Thanks for the printables! My younger two are finishing with their Apologia Zoology 3, so I know they will come in handy! I hope you have a wonderful weekend. Many blessings, Lisa

    • Lisa, we were amazed that we could get so close to the elk–closer than we’ve ever been to a deer in the wild, that’s for sure!
      I’m glad to find someone I know who is using Apologia chemistry. We are at the end of Module 2, and right now we’ve got a long list of heat- and temperature-related equations on the white board. :-)

  3. I want to see an elk, I love Kendra’s stove, and my only advice is… I’ll be praying for you as you strive for balance! :)

    • Joan, if you ever visit Elk Country, let me know! I’m guessing it would be quite a trip for you, though. And thanks for praying for me–I’m working on a new schedule that I hope will be beneficial.

  4. Heidi @ Home Schoolroom says:

    I’m working hard at simplifying, too! Right now I’m focusing on chores and making sure we’re all working together for a (somewhat) tidy house.
    Good luck with balancing it all!

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