Mother’s Journal ~ June 1, 2012

May is over! Where did it go??

In my life this week…

We now begin our last month of the school year (and we’re ALL looking forward to the summer break! When you started getting to the ends of the books you start getting a bit antsy! PLUS.. I really need to devote some serious time to some serious deep-housecleaning.) =)

This week we celebrated my aunt’s 50th birthday with a family gathering on Memorial Day. We had a very good Ladies Bible Study meeting at church on Tuesday; I’m having a blessed and wonderful time plugging in and getting to know these ladies. Wednesday morning, I finally went walking again, after almost a month off. Boy, did that make me sore! And Thursday was blessedly spent at home. All day. 🙂

In our homeschool this week…

Several hard days and several good days this week. (Again, getting antsy..) But we are one week closer to being done with our worldview and our history curriculum. Then we can focus on finishing up our science, which we’re a little behind schedule on.

I need to start thinking about working on our “Yearbook” — I’d like to have it ready for the end of the year party. (And if I don’t get it done before I start working on next year, it’ll never happen!

This week, Little Prince knocked my socks off again. He does so little school that “looks” like school that he amazes me when he regurgitates things he picked up from listening, when he didn’t look like he was paying attention – things that I didn’t specifically sit down and “instruct” him. He’s been full of “math talk” this week, discussing numbers and math concepts aloud. And after a long while of no interest, he picked up a little set of phonics reader booklets a friend gave us, sat down with them, and started reading them to me! I knew he knew how, but it still amazes me.

Fun thing from this week: studying the brain. Little Prince made a neuron out of pipe cleaners, and we all made models of brains out of playdough (with the different lobes of the cerebrum in different colors, plus the brainstem and cerebellum.)

A pipe-cleaner neuron
The one I made along with the kids
The playdough brain Princess made.
Drama Queen's "brain."
Little Prince's (very big) brain.

I am inspired by…

The ladies of iHomeschool Network. They inspire me, challenge me, encourage me.
My husband, works hard for us. (He makes me want to work harder on us.)
The ladies at church, they challenge and encourage me, too.

What’s working/not working for us…

We’ve started adding small amounts of notebooking. My kids are interested, they want to, but I’m struggling to get them to understand what I want/expect. I’m not certain how much to encourage, advise, correct, and require. This is new for us. (We keep ending up with papers that are half finished.) Princess wants to wait for the launch of the Notebooking Publisher so she can do it all on the computer. Drama Queen wants to use them like a diary (“there’s a horse in the field by our house, he’s pretty, I like him.”) And if I had her edit and revise it until there were no more spelling and grammar errors she’d probably hate notebooking real quick! And she and Little Prince both get mad when they don’t draw a picture the way they want it to look so they leave them unfinished or wad them up and throw them away. Help!
I’ve decided that I might need to DO a few myself, with them, because they learn well from physical examples..

Things I’m working on…

I’ve started printing off some things for language arts next year.

Canning season has begun for us (we small batch can regularly throughout the summer and the fall, we don’t have a BIG defined SEASON like we sometimes see.)

I’m reading…

This week I read Jimmie’s “Designing Your Language Arts Curriculum” and I’m reading her “Notebooking Success.

I’m still reading in Isaiah! (It’s a long book!)  We’re now on Chapter 10 of “One Simple Act.” and my mom and I have decided to re-read Nancy Leigh DeMoss’ “Surrender” but this time with my grandmother also.

Plus the other stuff in my sidebar.

A few posts I read this week:

  1. Upcycling for Kids
  2. Trusting the Sovereignty of God for Frugal Homeschooling
  3. On the Spectrum
  4. There Are Days

I’m cooking…

Saturday my mom and I had a canning day. We made Mango Chipotle Jam, Strawberry Basil Jam, Yellow Mustard, and Carrot Cake Jam (only half of which – the half sweetened with Splenda – turned out. I screwed up the batch sweetened with sugar.) =(

Cooking the mango chipotle jam. NOM.
Our workstation: On a cookie sheet to catch drips! My mom is smart!
Aw. Look. A little left over. Guess we have to eat it. =)
Mango Chipotle Jam: done!
Strawberry Basil Jam: done!
Working on the carrot cake jam. Sometimes you have to think outside the counter space. 😉 (Again! My mom is smart!)
Our finished product for the day.

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

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Mary
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Mary

Thanks for the shout – out!

I love your brains… so creative you are.

I’m not a notebooking expert, but I let my kids be pretty creative with them (when I tell them to! ha!) and other tim (like in history) I am specific with my directions. Different times call for different notebooking assignments.

Happy weekend!

Amber
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Amber

Thanks (the brain idea was in the book.) =p
Most of the pages they’re doing at this point are pages they’ve ASKED to do (but I’m not sure they’re getting the concept!) 😉

Emmalee Hoggatt @ Hoggatt Homeschool
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Emmalee Hoggatt @ Hoggatt Homeschool

Yum Yum! I love canning but we haven’t done any yet this year. Looks like you had a busy week! I’m stopping by from the Hoggatt Homeschool vis HSMJ. Have a blessed week!

Amber
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Amber

Thank you!
This our first big canning day together for this year — but my mom had already had a couple by herself, she did a TON of beans last week!
You have a good week, too!

Jessy at Our Side of the Mountain
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Jessy at Our Side of the Mountain

Great brains! LOL And your canning is very inspiring! I’ve been thinking about doing some canning, but never do. I even have a box of jars and lids! Carrot Cake jam sounds really yummy!

Marlene
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Marlene

Love the brains!!!!! Awesome idea 🙂

Stefanie
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Stefanie

We’re doing the anatomy this year too. Love, love, love it!

Popping in from the HSMJ

kelli- AdventurezInChildRearing
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kelli- AdventurezInChildRearing

little at a time with the notebooking is fine – in my humble opinion- my boys hate to write & by letting them go at it little at a time – it seems to lesson the whining and encourage more writing. I’m fairly new to the notebooking as well but I’m loving it! They really are starting to write more. Sometimes I do copy something I want them to write if I’m looking for specifics – btw.

I was thrilled to be able to work for Apologia. It was a real blessing for my family too.

Tabitha (a.k.a. Penny)
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Tabitha (a.k.a. Penny)

You are such a sweetie to include me in your links. I have to admit… the playdough brains made a part of me scream. As adorable as they are, MIXING play dough colors freaks me out. I don’t know why. Just one of my quirks. My poor children. LOL

Amber
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Amber

LOL!!
We did try to not MIX the playdough. We pulled them back apart and put them back in their own jars. =p
(I’m a NO MIXING freak, too!)