The Homeschool Mother’s Journal

 

In My Life This Week…

I have had such a crazy {yet enjoyable} week!  It started with Babydoll and I heading out on a Mommy/Daughter date night.  Ava was proactive and made an index card map for me that detailed our date night.  She said she enjoyed the dates she had with Daddy, and she wanted to do something with me that didn’t involve “Mommy” or “Teacher”.

Our journey started with a trip to Tree Top Adventure for mini-golf and video games.  Unfortunately, our time was cut short due to a severe storm coming through the area.  You know, I really should start checking the weather; we were literally travelling as fast as legally possible on the highway to get home, with the storm trailing us by only ten minutes.  We had to stop to get food {nothing at the house} and gas {none in the car}, and heard the tornado sirens, something I’ve never heard before.

We got home, dragged Winston and Princess into Babydoll’s bathroom, and sat tight with our McDonald’s, laptop, and cell phone.  What an experience…

I also tackled the transfer to WordPress {lov-ing it}, had to get technical help for some aspects of the move {thanks Sharon}, did quite a bit of reading on ways to improve the blog {have some great info coming soon about a few e-books and classes I’ve enjoyed}, went to the symphony {some great information that homeschoolers could use coming soon from the Alabama Symphony Orchestra}, and hung out around the house.

In Our Homeschool This Week…

We did a bit of history, a bit of math {in the form of cooking!}, a bit of our chocolate unit study, started a tornado unit study, started a quicksand unit studymusic appreciation {we learned so much at the symphony}, reading, and worked on handwriting.

Places We’re Going and People We’re Seeing…

We were supposed to head to the archaeological center this week, but considering the fact that we went out for date night and the symphony and gas is now around $3.70 a gallon, we decided to just save that for another week.  I’m trying to limit the field trips to one a week for now.  Next week we plan on going to a dairy farm and the Anniston Museum of Natural History for their Chocolate Exhibition.

My Favorite Thing This Week Was…

Babydoll cooking dinner for us. She checked out a Rachel Ray cookbook for kids from the library and found tons of recipes she wanted to try out.  She loves to cook and bake and we decided that she would cook one night a week.  This week she made subs; man, they were good.  She made a Russian dressing to go on the sandwiches that was to die for.

What’s Working/Not Working For Us…

Letting go, that’s what’s working for us.  The more I shed the idea of the way school is “supposed” to be, the more I enjoy the freedom that comes with homeschooling.  Now, I’m still a stickler for getting in her basic subjects {math, literature, language arts, etc.}; she needs those presented in a structured manner in my opinion.

The more I loosen up, though, the more I realize we can take the time to venture off the beaten path and do things like unit studies, lapbooks, and “unconventional” learning like cooking and grocery shopping.

Homeschool Questions/Thoughts I Have…

Portfolios are not required in this state {thankfully}, however, I’ve had the urge recently to put them together.  I feel I need to do it for my own sanity {you know, that whole OCD thing} and to properly showcase Babydoll’s progress throughout each year {hey, you never know when that truancy officer will show up at your door…}.

How do you organize and put together your kid’s portfolios?  Any links to share?  I love pictures!

A Photo/Video/Link/Quote to Share…

This is a picture I snapped as we were leaving the symphony; we thought the tree was so pretty.