The Homeschool Mother’s Journal (12-7)

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The Homeschool Mother's Journal

In my life this week…

This week I’ve been keeping busy with Christmas preparations–I really, really want to avoid that last-minute rush! All the gifts that have arrived so far are wrapped, the cards have been mailed, and I’m planning to make a few final orders tomorrow. (Ordering gifts online is how we simplify Christmas shopping.)

On Saturday our family is planning to attend Search for Peace, a local Christmas pageant that presents the entire Christmas story. This annual event is one of the ways we try to keep Christ in Christmas.

Next week Kaylee and I will be ready to get started with our Christmas baking. We’re planning to make Date-Nut Pinwheels, English Tassies, Seven-Layer Bars, Frosted Sugar Cookies, and more. The kids are reminding me almost daily that it’s time to get the baking started! :-)

In our homeschool this week…

We had a reasonably productive homeschool week. I say “reasonably productive” because we could have accomplished more, but really, we did enough.

Most of our homeschooling this week was straight from the textbooks–routine, predictable, manageable. And yes, that is enough.

A few highlights:

  • Brandon is breezing right through the Apologia chemistry unit on balancing chemical equations. As a high school student, I always loved the challenge of balancing equations, and it’s been fun to revisit chemistry with Brandon.
  • Weston is wanting to learn to read! He’s only four-and-a-half, but two of the older kids taught themselves to read at this age, so I think I’ll give it a try.
  • Keaton is still loving Mystery of History. In his words: “This is the best history I’ve ever had!” I can’t ask for anything more from a history program.

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

We had our monthly homeschool group meeting this afternoon. I always feel encouraged and refreshed after visiting with the other moms, and today was no exception.

Questions/thoughts I have…

How do you all handle the inevitable mid-year homeschool slump? I seem to be heading down that slope a bit early this year. I’m hoping that Christmas break will give me the energy I need for a new start in January, but I’d love to hear your advice. Please share! :-)



  1. LOL My daughter keeps reminding me about our Christmas baking! So, I let her choose what we’re making this time! LOL We like to make up goodie plates with a handmade ornament tag to give to a few neighbors and friends, keeping just a few of each goodie for us (so that I don’t gain weight LOL).

    I think we’re hitting a slump too. Attitudes have been a little more challenging this past week, mine included. One more week and break!

  2. I was laughing when I read about the baking reminder from your children. I have been getting those here, too. In fact, I got another one today! :-) It is definitely time to start.

    Is your son doing an online program for the Apologia Chemistry, or are you teaching him it all on your own? Do you use any supplemental materials? I have found some fun lesson plans on, but am always looking for ways to make it interesting for my son. :-)

    I am definitely ready for Christmas break here, too. I am feeling so overwhelmed right now.

    Have a great weekend!

    • Lisa, we are doing the chemistry “on our own.” Is that what you are doing? I read everything aloud, and then we work through the practice problems together. I figure I need to understand it in order to be able to help my son, so I may as well just do it with him! :-)

      So funny that your family is getting anxious about the baking, too! Made me smile. :-)

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