Homeschool Mother’s Journal
I actually have time for the Homeschool Mother’s Journal this week! My life is a constant whirlwind, and blogging is near the bottom of my “to do list”. Sorry to say.
We’re on vacation now (more about that next week). Hence I have some “free time” to blog about my week and link up with other ladies at the Homeschool Network.
In my Life this Week:
Last week-end my business (Pure Anada Cosmetics) exhibited at the “Ultimate Women’s Show” in Winnipeg. This week was the “recovery” week. It takes a LOT of work preparing for a trade show, and putting everything back in order takes just as much time. I always have such a wonderful time at the show, and that’s why we keep doing them.
Here’s a picture of me and my employee Rebekah at the show. She’s due to have a baby soon.
Talk about babies, my other employee who helped me with housework is due to have a baby any minute now. She’s been off for a few weeks, and I’ve been struggling get everything done on my own. I definitely need “house help”, and am looking forward to when Michelle (a university student) will come help me for the summer. She was with us last year, and the kids LOVED her. So did I.
In our Homeschool this Week:
My package from “All About Learning Press” arrived this week!
My kids have LOVED “All about Spelling”. When spelling is your child’s favorite subject…wow!
I purchased “All About Reading” for Rhett, and I already know I’m going to love the easy to use format. I can tell he’s going to love learning with Ziggy the Zebra.
If only they would make “All About Grammar”…it would be this homeschooling mama’s dream come true!
I’m inspired by…
Clay and Sally Clarkson from Whole Heart Ministries. I finally had an opportunity yesterday (while driving to our vacation destination) to start reading “Educating the WholeHearted Child”. It is so inspiring. Their philosophy of homeschooling is exactly what I aspire to.
While the world may judge our children against the temporal standards of intelligence, appearance, money, power and fame, God will judge them by their hearts—“The Lord does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart” (1 Samuel 16:7b). We are raising our children for God’s approval.
I just love it! Within the last year, that has been my life’s lesson. The Lord has shown and encouraged me through his Word to stop trying to please mankind. Ultimately, I’m living for my Lord and Saviour. That’s what matters. It’s not about what anyone else thinks in the end.
“The fear of man brings a snare: but whosoever puts his trust in the LORD shall be safe.”
My Favorite Thing This Week:
I found a couple of old chairs on a local swap and shop facebook group. I’m not sure if they would be classified as vintage or antique, but I love them! They match my area rug which is old, but I still like it.
Since we recently purchased a modern black leather sofa, I suppose the addition of these chairs would classify my decor as “eclectic”. I just go with what I like!
A Video to Share:
A lovely makeup artist made a beautiful Pure Anada tutorial. It was so wonderful for me to watch!
In my life this week…
This was a week of recovery for me from the busiest season we’ve ever had in our makeup workshop. There was still “stuff” to do, but there wasn’t the pressure to get all the orders out before Christmas. I want to be careful not to complain about how busy it was, because it is in fact a blessing!
We celebrated Christmas with Leigh’s family on December 24th. Here’s a photo of Grandma and Grandpa Grenier with all the grand-children.
December 25th was Christmas with just our little family. It was such a relaxing day! Boxing day was also an enjoyable day spent with my parents and my sister. We shared lots of laughter and even some tears. The kids are old enough to enjoy games, so ”Apples to Apples” and “Things” were our choices this year!
I surprised my sister with a pair of hot pink mukluks that she was eyeing at the Scattered Seeds craft sale this year. Our neighboring booth was a sweet lady named Julie Pederson. She handcrafts these amazing “Muckies“. Clarissa couldn’t justify purchasing them due to her upcoming missions trip to Liberia. It was so much fun to give them to her! She is one of the most precious people to me.
In our homeschool this week…
I took some time this week to re-evaluate what is working and what isn’t in terms of curriculum. Early in the year, I switched from Rod & Staff Spelling to the fameous ”All About Spelling“, which has rave reviews. I can see why! This is by FAR the best spelling curriculum I have ever used! It is so easy to teach, and seriously…the kids want to do spelling. It’s their favorite subject.
I think it is the hands-on, visual approach that keeps their attention. The magnetic spelling board is a lot of fun. I love how easy it is to teach. The lessons are literally “spelled” out for me!
This week, Rhett got started on the BJU online kindergarten curriculum. BJU distance education had a sale. Any individual online course for $99. Kindergarten came as a full package (Math, Bible, and English). It would seem like a great thing, but in actuality, I won’t be using all of it. I’ve used the video curriculum in the past with Emma. I think it is top-notch, but I do find that my kids can’t handle too much “video” in one day. I think we will do the math every day, and parts of the English. The rest I will do with him one-on-one.
Here’s a picture of Rhett. I’m having trouble finding earphones that stay in his ears or on his head. So yes…that is tape. I tape them in his ears for now! lol
What’s not working for us…
At the beginning of the year, I was so excited to use Heart of Dakota curriculum for my kids. It receives such wonderful online reviews. I am deeply saddened, and it’s taken me a while to get over the fact that I will be putting it on the shelf for the remainder of this year. There were many aspects that I enjoyed about HOD. Particularly, introducing the kids (age 8 and 10) to notebooking, narration and journaling. These are skills and ideas that I will continue to implement in our homeschool.
For most, it would be a very easy cirruclum to use. It isn’t difficult or confusing. However, I found that it consumed too much time, considering I was doing “Bigger Hearts” with my 8 and 10 year old, and “Little Hands” with my 5 year old.
In the past couple of weeks, I have discovered what works for us. Simplicity. We all sit on the couch and read a great book, then paint a picture of what we just read. Or, we all gather in the kitchen and do a science experiment that I found online. Simple things…you know? Why do I always think I have to have a formal curriculum, and follow it from cover to cover?
I’ve decided to “chill” a little, and just enjoy learning with them. Here is some fun we’ve had (both pictures of Rhett…he loves posing for pictures!):
What IS working for us…
Music lessons. They’re working for us! The kids played their instruments for the family gatherings this year. Practicing every day, is such a great discipline for them. I love listening to them.
This is a picture of Kordell at his guitar lesson. I can’t tell you how PLEASED I am with how well he is doing. Kordell isn’t necessarily musically inclined, but I thought it would be good for him to have something to practice every day. I choose the PERFECT instrument for him! Kordell excels with numbers, and patterns. His teacher shows him a chord once, and he remembers it instantly! His threshold for pain is through the roof, so I have yet to hear him complain of sore fingers. His teacher is fantastic as well. She connected with him immediately…which is sometimes difficult to do.
My favorite thing this week was…
The opportunity to spend Christmas with my family was absolutely my most favorite thing this week! I am so blessed. I’m consistently reminded that the most important “things” in life, aren’t “things”!
In my life this week…
I’ve been trying to catch up on all things work-related, so that I can be prepared for the school season. My sister and I have resumed our Chalean Extreme workout regime. We quit over the summer. Wow…it’s amazing how sore we got!
In our homeschool this week…
We haven’t started just yet. We are waiting (as is customary in the Northern part of the world) to start after the September long week-end. Its tempting to just get started now, as I have all our books ready to go. However I’ve come to the decision that it is important for us to soak up every last bit of summer. It’s going to be over before we know it! Oh so sad…
Places we went and people we saw…
Last Sunday we went to the church that Leigh and I grew up in. The Pastor was away, and they asked Leigh to preach the sermon. So, that was kind-of neat! It’s pleasant to see old familiar faces, and also neat to experience a little cozy church. The church we currently attend runs over 600 every Sunday morning. I’m not sure which I prefer a small or large church. Both have their advantages I suppose.
My favorite thing this week was…
Seeing how much the kids enjoyed Vacation Bible School. Our church puts on a fabulous VBS program. This year, the theme was “Going Fishin”. We had over 300 kids out tonight! The highlight for the kiddos was trying to dunk the Pastor in the dunk tank. Emma & Kordell actually succeeded!
Questions/thoughts I have…
Why did our Mama cat die? She was only 1 year old. One day this week, she seemed in pain. By the end of the day she was dead! Thankfully her kittens were able to learn to lap milk on their own. I’m not concerned that we are missing a cat…as it doesn’t seem to be a problem to replenish the cat population! It does puzzle me though why she got sick and died so suddenly. I don’t particularly enjoy being puzzled about anything.
Things I’m working on…
I’m working on my schedule for the new school year. It’s changed 3 times. I think I have settled it now.
I’m also preparing to do a MAJOR freezer meal cook. I’ve done it several times in my life, and it LOVE it. Pulling a meal out of the freezer is one of the best time-saving tips ever. This cook I’m gearing up for though, will be my biggest one ever! If frozen properly, meals last for a long time in the deep freeze. So, I intend to make it a good one!
I’m grateful for…
The carrots, cucumbers, lettuce and beats from my garden. See my photo below.
I’m praying for…
My children. I’ve been praying for them intensely this week, as I know we will start school soon.
Of course, I’m also praying for our little girl we are adopting from Ethiopia. Praying that she will remain healthy and safe in the orphanage, and that we will soon hear news of a court date.
A photo, video, link, or quote to share…