A Homeschool Mom’s Journal – November 30th 2012

The Homeschool Mom's Journal

In my life this week…

Greg and the girls have been battling a sinus cold, and I’ve been bound and determined that I won’t get sick. But alas, I’ve given in. It’s official. I’m sick too. Thank goodness it’s only a cold and we all will get better in short order.

In our homeschool this week…

Kgirl has been working on her new website, Thoughts from a Bookworm, where she is sharing her favorite authors and cataloguing the many young adult fantasy, adventure, and science fiction books she’s read. Here’s her new website header, she drew it herself, with a mouse in Paint.  See, Jazzy gets to be in the header too :)

Thoughts from a Bookworm - books for Tweens and Teens

J finished his final project and gave his final presentation for his Robotics class. That took up most of the week for him. But, only one more week to go and he’s finished his first high school class. Yeah! In between Robotics, he’s been working on his personal projects and playing Minecraft with a team of other homeschooled teens.

Little E has been sick, so she’s been cuddled up most of the week, with a blanket and a computer. She’s listened to audio books with her sister, watched videos with her brother, played Minecraft and online horse games by herself, and studied her favorite book.

Z has simply gone about his daily routine, speech therapy on Monday with a little archery practice w/Kgirl afterwards, he took Kgirl’s Archery lesson on Wednesday since she was too sick to go, and spent lots of time playing outside and watching videos. Beyond Survival with Les Stroud, Weapon Masters, and Phineas and Ferb have been his favorite video picks this week. Here’s how those break down into conventional subjects:

  • Beyond Survival = history, geography, science, and cultural anthropology
  • Weapon Masters = history and science
  • Phineas and Ferb = fun, science, and story-telling

Helpful homeschooling tips or advice to share…

When illness hits, roll with it. Learning will happen anyway, but the snuggle time, the cuddle time, the quiet conversations and soothing words, they are important.

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

This week was supposed to be a social week. Little E got to see one of her friends on Monday afternoon. Thankfully the boys and Little E were well enough for our visit with Frazzled Mom this week – the boys have been looking forward to seeing her boys for weeks now! But our playdate with Tina and herkids had to be postponed – would hate to get Tina’s kids sick again, they just barely got over something.

My favorite thing this week was…

Cuddle time and conversations with the kids, we have some really great conversations.

I’m cooking…


I’m grateful for…

the ability to be home with my kids, to cuddle with them when they are sick, and to sleep in when I am.

I’m praying for…

…those in the Northeast US who are still putting their lives back together after Superstorm Sandy.

…My friend Tonya and her family who are traveling to Kissimmee, Florida this week

…for quick recoveries from this sinus cold for our family and that our friends who we saw this week don’t catch it.

…for provision for Christmas, passports, and Kgirl’s upcoming classes.

…for those who struggle at Christmas time, may they be touched by generosity, grace, and love

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

My sleeping angel with her favorite book, the Usborne Book of World History. This is how I find her every night when I do final nighttime checks – with the book on her lap where she fell asleep reading or studying the pictures. My sweet, sparkly girl :)

Little E, my sleeping angel with her favorite book: The Usborne Book of World History

To read what other homeschool moms were up to this week, check out this week’s Homeschool Mother’s Journal link-up.

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4 Responses to A Homeschool Mom’s Journal – November 30th 2012

  1. Oh, no! Tis the season for colds, huh? ::sigh:: But maybe you’ll all get it now and be nice and healthy come Christmas!

    My youngest son loves Les! ::laugh:: He has spent many days with a bandana on his head and a backpack on his back, traipsing around the woods around your yard. (I had to nix the insect collecting for food though. ::wink::)

    What a cute photo!

  2. Shannon says:

    LOL! Yeah, I’m not big on the idea of insect collecting for food either! I love how they take what they are learning and spend time outdoors imagining and internalizing the info! Z spends hours outside walking the yard, bow in hand, thinking about what he needs to know to survive. An edible plants and foraging book is on his wishlist for christmas, as is a flint he can wear around this neck so he always has a way to start a fire – and we live in suburbia :)

  3. Lovely! I am glad I found your blog! Your homeschool week sounds like it was blessed :) And your precious one sleeping with her book.. priceless! You have a lot to be thankful for!

    God bless

  4. Shannon says:

    Welcome Nancy! Glad you found us too!

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